Opinions Vary About Cold Front's Impact
On 2009 High Plains Cotton Prospects

Friday, September 25, 2009                       by Shawn Wade

      The Texas High Plains hosted an unwelcome visitor this week as a late September cold front settled over the area and dropped nighttime temperatures well below seasonal norms. The good news following this episode, though, is that nighttime lows appear to have stayed above freezing throughout the region and didn't put an immediate end to anyone's 2009 growing season.

      Measuring the overall impact of the cold snap on the 2009 crop remains an open question that only time can answer. Grower reactions to the week's events were generally mixed. Most seem to agree that even though the situation is less than ideal, it could have been a lot worse had the front been a little stronger or stayed just a little longer.

      Nighttime temperatures ranging from the middle to upper thirties in northern areas to the lower to middle forties in southern counties on Monday and Tuesday of this week were well short of a killing freeze-type event, but were low enough to temporarily halt most plant functions.

      How the crop recovers from this situation will generally depend on where the plants were in terms of overall maturity and how quickly temperatures rebound. In most fields a rapid return to temperatures at or above seasonal norms will not make a lot of difference to the final outcome. In others, however, there may be additional gains to be made.

      It's no secret that a fair number of High Plains non-irrigated cotton acres are still trying to catch up from a late start in 2009. In these fields growers have been taking advantage of every good day they could get in late September to mature late bolls and won't be disappointed if temperatures rebound quickly and stay above normal for a few more weeks.

      Either way, enough of the crop has now reached the point that they are ready to receive harvest aid applications. In fact, before the front's arrival many growers had already been contemplating initial harvest aid applications during the first week or so of October. This week's weather will solidify those plans and reinforce expectations for a mid-October uptick in area harvest operations.


CCI Announces Gildan Activewear To Join
COTTON USA in the USA Licensing Program

Friday, September 25, 2009                       by Shawn Wade

      Cotton Council International (CCI) joins forces with Gildan, a leading global apparel manufacturer of T-shirts, sport shirts, fleece, underwear and socks, by licensing the company to begin using the internationally recognized COTTON USA Mark on products sold in the United States and abroad.

      "Not only does the COTTON USA Mark easily allow U.S. consumers to identify and purchase 100 percent U.S. cotton products, it also symbolizes the U.S. cotton industry's leadership role and global commitment to sustainability in environmental, social and health initiatives," said CCI President Clyde T. Sharp.

      "The leadership position the U.S. cotton industry has taken mirrors Gildan's approach to Genuine Stewardship, with a focus on four critical pillars: (1) environmental sustainability, (2) labor practices, (3) community involvement and (4) corporate governance. Gildan is pleased to place the COTTON USA Mark on the products we manufacture, under the Gildan brand and private labels," said Garry Bell, vice president of Global Marketing for Gildan.

      Cotton, a renewable and biodegradable resource, is the largest natural fiber source in the global fiber, textile and apparel economy, representing roughly 80 percent of all natural fibers consumed. In the U.S. marketplace, products with a minimum of 95 percent cotton content and 100 percent U.S.- grown cotton fiber are eligible for licensing of the COTTON USA Mark.

      "Gildan is one of the largest domestic consumers of U.S. cotton," Bell said. "With more than 1 billion units manufactured last year alone, Gildan recognizes the inherent value of the U.S. cotton supply. The economics and high quality of U.S. cotton have allowed us to develop our brand and to be competitive globally."

      Sharp added, "Even if it is often impractical in today's world to have finished apparel and home furnishings fully manufactured in the United States, we are pleased to have companies like Gildan committed to ensuring the long-term viability of U.S. cotton products available to American consumers."


2009 High Plains Event Calendar



Motley/Dickens/Briscoe/Hall Counties Crop Tour

September 29



Industry Field Days:


Bayer CropScience/Fibermax Field Days


October 1

October 2


All-Tex Seed Field Day

October 7



Waste Pesticide Cleanup Dates:


October 12 - Lubbock County

Crop Production Services, 880 Industrial Drive, Slaton, TX

Contact Lubbock County Extension Agent Mark Brown at 806-775-1680 (cm-brown@tamu.edu) for more information.


October 14, 2009 - Gaines County

Agriliance, 101 Loop Hwy (US 83), Seagraves, TX

Contact Gaines County Extension Agent Terry Millican at 432-758-4006 ext. 238 (gaines@ag.tamu.edu) for more information.


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September 24 Upland Cotton AWP Announcement

      The Department of Agriculture's Commodity Credit Corporation announced the adjusted world price (AWP) for Strict Low Middling (SLM) 1-1/16 inch (leaf grade 4, micronaire 3.5-3.6 and 4.3-4.9, strength 25.5-29.4 grams per tex, length uniformity of 79.5-82.4 percent) upland cotton (base quality), adjusted to U.S. quality and location, the fine count adjustment (FCA), the coarse count adjustment (CCA), and the loan deficiency payment rate that will be in effect from 12:01 a.m., Eastern Time, Friday, September 25, 2009, through midnight, Eastern Time, Thursday, October 1, 2009.

      The next announcement of the AWP, FCA, CCA, and LDP The next announcement of the AWP, FCA, CCA, and LDP rate for upland cotton will be on Thursday, October 1, 2009, at 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time.


September 24, 2009


Adjusted World Price (AWP)                                                48.85

Fine Count Adjustment (FCA) 2008 Crop                                 0.07

Fine Count Adjustment (FCA) 2009 Crop                                 0.00

Coarse Count Adjustment (CCA)                                                       0.00

Loan Deficiency Payment Rate                                                      3.15


This week's AWP, FCA, and CCA are determined as follows:

FE Price                                                                                     65.22


         Avg. costs to market                     -13.07

         SLM 1-1/16 inch cotton                - 3.30

Sum of Adjustments                                                                   -16.37

ADJUSTED WORLD PRICE                                                48.85


Revised 2009 High Plains/Northern Rolling
Plains Harvest Aid Guide Now Available

Friday, September 18, 2009                       By Shawn Wade

      The clock on the 2009 crop is rapidly winding down and the focus of High Plains cotton producers is rapidly shifting to the figuring out which harvest aid regimen they will implement this growing season.

      The best place for growers to go for sound advice in the harvest aid arena is the newly updated 2009 Harvest Aid Guide published by Dr. Randy Boman, Cotton Agronomist, Texas AgriLife Extension.

      A newly revised 2009 Harvest Aid Guide is now available on the Lubbock TAMU Research and Extension Center website. A downloadable copy of the 2009 Harvest Aid Guide can be found at: