Cornyn Appointment Adds Texas Voice
To Senate Agriculture Committee

Friday, July 24, 2009                                 by Shawn Wade

      The appointment of Senator John Cornyn to the Senate Agriculture Committee is good news to Texas farmers and ranchers facing an uncertain economic future threatened by drought, an extended worldwide economic slowdown and the uncertain potential impacts of pending climate change legislation.

      Noting the importance of agriculture to the Texas economy in the statement announcing his appointment Cornyn said, "I look forward to serving on the Senate Agriculture Committee to advance Texas' priorities and ensure our state's agriculture industry continues to thrive."

      Plains Cotton Growers President Barry Evans, of Kress, said that Senator Cornyn's appointment couldn't have come at a better time and that cotton producers are looking forward to Cornyn bringing his knowledge of agriculture issues as he heads for the Agriculture Committee.

      "Having someone who understands the needs of rural America is critical as we go forward," Evans said. "I think Senator Cornyn really works to understand that."

      Cornyn's appointment will allow the Senator to take a more active role in formation of key policy initiatives impacting Texas and U.S. agriculture. In addition to his new seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Cornyn will continue to hold seats on the Senate Finance, Budget and Judiciary Committees.

      The fact that Texas agriculture is reeling from the devastating effects of declining world demand for agriculture commodities as well as the more immediate devastation wrought on a large portion of the state by drought gives the Senator an opportunity to hit the ground running.

      Evans notes that High Plains cotton leaders are eager to help the Senator in any way they can to address the issues that face production agriculture. "Sitting on the Agriculture, Finance and Budget Committees puts him in the middle of the action on virtually every issue that impacts agriculture," says Evans.

      He concludes, "It has been some time since Texas has been represented in such a comprehensive way on the Agriculture Committee and we look forward to the opportunity to work closely with the Senator and his Washington and District staff on a more regular basis."

 

TBWEF Billing And Assessment Dates
Unaffected By Delayed FSA Certification Date

Tuesday, July 24, 2009                             by Shawn Wade

      The USDA Farm Service Agency's recent decision to extend the 2009-crop certification window by 30-days will apparently have no impact on the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation's schedule for sending out 2009 boll weevil eradication assessments.

      What that means for cotton producers in the six eradication zones that span Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.'s 41-county service area is that their 2009 TBWEF assessment notices are scheduled to go in the mail August 20.

      TBWEF officials note that a majority of growers have already reported their 2009 acreage information to FSA. They encourage growers who have not yet completed their 2009 acreage certification report to FSA to do so as quickly as possible to in sure the accuracy of their 2009 eradication assessment billing statement.

      A list of all currently active Texas boll weevil eradication zones and their anticipated assessment processing dates is included below.

2009 Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Program

Key Assessment Dates

Zone

Anticipated Billing Date

2 Percent Discount Date

Assessment Due Date

Lower Rio Grande Valley

July 13

July 31

August 15

South Texas/Winter Garden

July 13

July 31

August 15

Upper Coastal Bend

July 13

July 31

August 15

Southern Blacklands

August 13

Sept. 2

Sept. 17

Northern Blacklands

August 13

Sept. 2

Sept. 17

El Paso/Trans Pecos

August 13

Sept. 2

Sept. 17

Southern Rolling Plains

August 13

Sept. 2

Sept. 17

Rolling Plains Central

August 13

Sept. 2

Sept. 17

Western High Plains

August 20

Sept. 15

Sept. 30

Permian Basin

August 20

Sept. 15

Sept. 30

St. Lawrence

August 20

Sept. 15

Sept. 30

Northwest Plains

August 20

Sept. 15

Sept. 30

Northern High Plains

August 20

Sept. 15

Sept. 30

Panhandle Zone

August 20

Sept. 15

Sept. 30

Southern High Plains/Caprock

August 20

Sept. 15

Sept. 30

Northern Rolling Plains

August 20

Sept. 15

Sept. 30

Source: Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation

      Assessment calculations are based on information cotton producers provide the Farm Service Agency when they certify their crops. If growers find an error in the information on their billing, they will need to correct the information at their local FSA office and forward the corrected information to the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation.

      The 2009 assessment rates in the six High Plains zones are as shown on the following table.

2009 Boll Weevil Assessment Rates

High Plains Eradication Zones

Zone

Dryland Rate

Irrigated Rate

Northern High Plains

$1.00

$1.00

Northwest Plains

$1.50

$3.00

Panhandle

$3.00

$3.00

Permian Basin

$6.00

$12.00

Southern High Plains/Caprock

$1.00

$1.00

Western High Plains

$2.00

$3.00

Source: Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation

 

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Heat Units Accumulated Since Planting

Friday, July 24, 2009                                 By Shawn Wade

      Growers interested in tracking heat unit totals from a specific planting date are encouraged to go to the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. website (http://www.plainscotton.org) .

      There you will find links to two web-based heat unit calculators that will allow a grower to track a specific planting date for various weather station locations throughout High Plains region or see the number of heat units accumulated and the forecast for accumulations for the upcoming five-day period. These links can also be found on PCG's weather pages located at: http://www.pcgwx.com

      The following table shows heat units accumulated at select locations through July 23, 2009 since the dates listed. A more complete table listing data for all available weather stations is available on the PCG website.

Heat Units Accumulated

Based on data through July 23rd

Station

1-May

8-May

15-May

22-May

29-May

5-Jun

12-Jun

19-Jun

Amarillo

1098.5

1077.5

1043.0

993.0

952.5

885.5

790.0

668.0

Big Spring

1585.0

1510.5

1388.5

1322.0

1235.0

1132.5

985.5

803.5

Brownfield

1385.0

1306.5

1209.5

1156.0

1085.0

991.0

858.0

699.0

Denver City

1385.0

1306.5

1209.5

1156.0

1085.0

991.0

858.0

699.0

Dimmitt

1129.0

1093.0

1041.0

996.0

944.0

873.5

771.5

638.5

Floydada

1129.0

1093.0

1041.0

996.0

944.0

873.5

771.5

638.5

Dumas

1062.0

1039.0

1002.5

957.5

923.0

859.0

780.0

662.5

Lamesa

1585.0

1510.5

1388.5

1322.0

1235.0

1132.5

985.5

803.5

Littlefield

1380.0

1327.5

1250.5

1195.5

1125.0

1035.5

902.0

743.5

Lubbock

1380.0

1327.5

1250.5

1195.5

1125.0

1035.5

902.0

743.5

Muleshoe

1047.5

1009.0

963.0

922.5

886.0

824.0

731.0

617.5

Plainview

1129.0

1093.0

1041.0

996.0

944.0

873.5

771.5

638.5

Seminole

1385.0

1306.5

1209.5

1156.0

1085.0

991.0

858.0

699.0

Tulia

1129.0

1093.0

1041.0

996.0

944.0

873.5

771.5

638.5

Source: Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.