TASS Working To Gather Final 2009-crop
Upland Cotton Production Numbers

Wednesday, December 23, 2009                       By Shawn Wade

      With the Texas cotton harvest and ginning season winding down, statisticians with the Texas Agricultural Statistics Service (TASS) are working hard to gather cotton production information from Texas gin's to include in the final Cotton Ginnings Report for the 2009 crop year.

      The final Cotton Ginnings report, published in March, is used for much more than just totaling the amount of cotton ginned in Texas counties each year. In fact, survey information provided by gins to TASS representatives is a key piece of the information used to accurately determine and verify county level cotton production throughout the state.

      TASS depends greatly on the cooperation of Texas cotton gins to report the most accurate information possible on the cotton they ginned during the season. All data collected by TASS is kept strictly confidential and reports are aggregated to avoid disclosure of individual gin and producer data.

      When submitting final ginning data, gins are encouraged to be as accurate as possible when specifying the total number of bales ginned as well as the county and/or state in which the bales were actually grown.

 

Texas AgriLife Extension To Offer Numerous
Continuing Education Opportunities In 2010

Wednesday, December 23, 2009                  By Shawn Wade

      With the rapid advances that continue to be made in modern agriculture, staying up on the latest trends in crop production, marketing, and management seems like a never-ending task for today's agriculture producer.

      With so much to wade through, it is nice to know the dedicated force of agriculture professionals within the ranks of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is there to help farmers and ranchers with the job.

      On the High Plains of Texas, helping producers keep up with the latest trends in production, risk management and marketing is the number one goal of High Plains crop production conferences held across the area in January and February.

      This year's Texas AgriLife Extension Service conferences will, once again, provide growers multiple opportunities to gather useful production information entering the 2010 growing season.

      By attending the conferences, producers can also earn valuable continuing education unit (CEU) course credits, necessary to maintain private and commercial applicator licenses.

      The CEU credits are for private pesticide applicator license-holders, who are required to receive 15 hours of continuing education units prior to license recertification, which occurs every five years.

      A list of the Texas AgriLife Extension production conferences and meetings, along with other industry production conferences and meetings, will be published over the course of the next several weeks to assist growers in identifying educational opportunities in their area.

2010 Production Conference & Meeting Dates

Date

Event

Information

Jan. 4-7

Beltwide Cotton Conferences,
New Orleans, LA

Registration and Program information available online at: http://www.cotton.org/beltwide/

Jan. 18

West Plains Ag Conference,
South Plains College, Sundown Room.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Hockley County, 806-894-3159.

Jan. 19

Drip Irrigation Workshop, Brownfield.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Terry County, 806-637-4060.

Jan. 19

Southern Mesa Ag Conference, Lamesa.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Dawson County, 806-872-3444.

Jan. 20

Caprock Crop Production Conference, Floyd County Friends Unity Center, Floydada.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Floyd County, 806-983-4912.

Jan. 21

Llano Estacado Cotton Conference, Muleshoe.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Bailey County, 806-272-4584.

Jan. 26

Alternative Crops Workshop, Seminole.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Gaines County, 432-758-4006.

Jan. 27

Crop Risk Management Workshop, Olton.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Lamb County, 806-385-4222.

Jan. 28

Profitability Workshop, Morton Activity Building.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Cochran County at 806-266-5215.

Jan. 29

Risk Management Workshop, Muleshoe.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Bailey County, 806-272-4584.

Feb. 2

Sandyland Ag Conference, Seminole.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Gaines County, 432-758-4006.

Feb. 3

Commercial Turf & Ornamental Workshop, Lubbock.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Lubbock County, 806-775-1680.

Feb. 9

Llano Estacado Corn Conference, Castro County Exposition Building, Dimmitt.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Castro County, 806-647-4115.

Feb. 9

SW Farm & Ranch Classic Farm Show, Lubbock Civic Center.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Lubbock County, 806-775-1680.

Feb. 10

South Plains Ag Conference, Brownfield.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Terry County, 806-637-4060.

Feb. 10

Cottonseed Variety Meeting, Farwell.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Parmer County at 806-481-3619.

Feb. 10

Hale/Swisher Crops Conference, Ollie Liner Center, Plainview.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Hale County, 806-291-5267.

Feb. 11

Cotton Production Meeting, Lamesa.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Dawson County, 806-872-3444.

Feb. 22

Cotton Production Meeting, Tahoka.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Lynn County, 806-561-4562.

Feb. 23

Cotton Variety Selection, Cotton Outlook and Fertilizer Management, Brownfield.

Contact AgriLife Extension office in Terry County, 806-637-4060.