2009 BELTWIDE PROVIDES UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY
TO FINE TUNE COTTON PRODUCTION SYSTEMS

Friday, November 21, 2008                            By Shawn Wade

      The 2009 Beltwide Cotton Conference registration deadline is near and growers are encouraged to mark your calendar and plan to be there. This year's Beltwide will be held January 5-8 at the Marriott Rivercenter/Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

      Discounted early online registration fees are available through December 8. Industry members and others are encouraged to register online and make housing arrangements at the BWCC website.

      Full conference information including preliminary program details, housing information, continuing education unit offerings and information about spouse programs and tours is available at http://www.cotton.org/beltwide/

      The National Cotton Council reports that housing reservations appear to be on pace with previous years and that currently, the Marriott Rivercenter room block is sold out.  NCC officials note that reservations that are cancelled will result in those rooms returning to the room block. The deadline to cancel rooms and receive a full refund is December 8.

      Rooms continue to be available at the other hotels holding Beltwide Conference room blocks. Alternate hotel accommodations include the Marriott Riverwalk, Grand Hyatt San Antonio and La Quinta. Special Beltwide room rates at these hotels will be available until December 15, which is the last date conference hotels are required to honor the special rates.

      A downloadable PDF version of the final 2009 Beltwide Cotton Conferences' program is scheduled to be available at the BWCC website on December 1. A printed program will be made available at the meetings, which promise to offer a wealth of information at a location enjoyable for the entire family.

 

 

 

2008 HIGH PLAINS COTTON QUALITY SUMMARY

      The following is a summary of the cotton classed at the Lubbock and Lamesa USDA Cotton Division Cotton Classing Offices for the 2008 production season.

 

Current Week:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

68,259

21+ - 60.9%

31 - 36.5%

3.00

36.49

Lubbock

255,455

21 + - 45.2%

31 - 40.3%

3.27

36.87

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

3.83

29.50

80.53

32.4%

Lubbock

3.58

29.89

80.47

63.4%

 

 

Season Totals To Date:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

186,865

21+ - 49.7%

31 - 42.7%

3.16

36.31

Lubbock

616,722

21+ - 37.4%

31 - 53.1%

3.39

36.90

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

3.93

29.33

80.49

36.8%

Lubbock

3.68

29.94

80.59

46.4%

 

HPUWCD NO. 1 SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT
ON PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE AMENDMENTS

Friday, November 21, 2008                        By Carmon McCain

      Residents within the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 will have an opportunity to comment on a second phase of proposed administrative amendments to the district's rules during five public hearings set for early December 2008.

      The proposed amendments include new water well spacing requirements, rules concerning abandoned water wells; rules concerning replacement water wells; rules regulating production of water from the Dockum (Santa Rosa) aquifer, and rules outlining procedures for requesting exceptions to water well permit applications.

      "This second phase of rule amendments includes changes suggested to us by constituents at earlier public meetings in each district directors' precinct, changes requested by the district's board of directors, and changes recommended by staff to clarify existing rules," said General Manager Jim Conkwright.

      The one-hour hearings are scheduled as follows:

  December 9 at 10 a.m. - High Plains Underground Water Conservation District office, 2930 Avenue Q, Lubbock. (Precinct One—the portion of Crosby County within the district, Lubbock, and Lynn Counties.)

  December 10 at 8 a.m. - Museum of the Llano Estacado (Auditorium), Wayland Baptist University, 1900 W. 8th Street, Plainview. (Precinct Five—the portion of Floyd County within the district and Hale County.)

  December 10 at 11 a.m. - Randall County Texas AgriLife Extension office, 200 N. Brown Rd., Canyon. (Precinct Four—the portions of Armstrong, Deaf Smith, Potter, and Randall Counties within the district.)

  December 11 at 8 a.m. - Morton Activity Center, 200 W. Taylor, Morton. (Precinct Two—Cochran County and the portions of Hockley and Lamb Counties within the district.)

  December 11 at 11 a.m. - Bailey County Coliseum, 2206 W. American Boulevard, Muleshoe. (Precinct Three—the portion of Castro County within the district, Bailey, and Parmer Counties.)

      The proposed rule amendments will be available for public review after November 18 through the following methods:

  An electronic version of the proposed rule amendments will be available for on-line viewing or downloading via a link on the home page of the High Plains Water District's web site at: www.hpwd.com

  Persons may call the Water District's Lubbock office at (806) 762-0181 to request a printed copy of the proposed rule amendments.

  A printed copy of the proposed rule amendments will be available for public inspection at the district's Lubbock office during regular business hours.  In addition, a copy will also be available at the district's county offices.

      Written comments regarding the proposed rule amendments are encouraged. They will be accepted until 5:00 p.m., December 31, and should be directed to Jim Conkwright, General Manager, High Plains Water District, 2930 Avenue Q, Lubbock, Texas 79411-2499.

      The five-member High Plains Water District Board of Directors will consider public comments from the hearings and may take action concerning the proposed rule revisions at their regularly scheduled January 13, 2009 meeting.

      Additional information is available by contacting Jim Conkwright or Sherry Stephens at (806) 762-0181.

 

 

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HIGH PLAINS OILSEED CROP WORKSHOP,
DECEMBER 10, PLAINVIEW

      Farmers can learn about oilseed crops and their potential for food and bioenergy at a region-wide workshop in Plainview, Wednesday, December 10.

      Agronomics and economics of production will be discussed for canola, sunflower, safflower, sesame, and castor.  In addition, a mobile biodiesel plant will be demonstrated at the conclusion of the program.

      The Texas AgriLife Extension Service's Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension agronomist, will present the program along with Jay Yates, Extension risk management specialist, from Lubbock. Two CEUs will be available.

      The event will be held at the Plainview Country Club, 2902 West 4th Street, Plainview (from I-27 travel one-half mile east on U.S. 70, south on Ennis to 4th Street, then east).

      Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the program will conclude by 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided to all registered participants, however, participants are requested to RSVP their attendance by calling the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Hale Co., (806) 291-5267, Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center, Lubbock, (806) 746-6101, ext. 4806, or ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu.

 

 "Making sense of the biofuels/bioenergy oilseed
crop options for West Texas farmers"

Texas High Plains Oilseeds Workshop

Canola, Sunflower, Sesame, Safflower, Castor

Wednesday, December 10, in Plainview, TX

8:00 AM—4:00 PM

Plainview Country Club/Plainview Convention Center

2902 West 4th Street

{from I-27, east one-half mile on U.S. 70 to Ennis,

right (south) to 4th, then left (east)}