2008 SURE Sign-up Begins; FSA Officials
Encourage Growers To Contact Local Offices

Friday, January 8, 2010                             By Shawn Wade

      This week marks the start of sign-up for the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE). In preparation, USDA Farm Service Agency officials are encouraging growers to contact their local FSA office to set up a time for their sign-up appointment.

      FSA officials are also encouraging growers to contact the county FSA offices in each county in which they operate and request a review copy of the FSA interim report on their operation that will be used to complete a majority of the 2008 SURE application.

      By reviewing the information contained in the interim report for correctness prior to their appointment, growers will be able to identify possible mistakes or inconsistencies in the information that might impact or delay their application.

      Multi-county producers are also encouraged to communicate if they want to conduct their SURE sign-up in a single office visit so that relevant information from other counties can be gathered in the appropriate county office prior to their sign-up appointment.

      As it stands there is no deadline for completing the 2008 SURE enrollment process.

 

Upland Cotton Average Price Received by
Growers Through November 2009

Friday, January 8, 2010                             By Shawn Wade

      Cumulative Upland cotton marketings for the first four months of the 2009 marketing year totaled 2.137 million-bales according to information released December 30, 2009 by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

      That figure is 2.409 million bales below the amount marketed through the same period last year. USDA estimated November 2009 cotton marketings at 1.611 million bales with an average selling price of 58.5 cents per pound.

      So far the 2009 Upland Cotton Weighted Average Price calculated through November 2009 stands at 57.75 cents per pound.

      With the first third of the marketing year now past, the calculated 2009 Weighted Average Price is already 5.75 cents above the 52-cent threshold where the Upland cotton Counter-cyclical payment begin to drop below the 12.58 cent maximum payment rate. The preliminary mid-month price reported for December 2009 was 58.2 cents per pound.

      The following table shows the average price received each month by farmers and the associated weighted average price based on prices and cumulative marketings from August 1 through November 30, 2009.

      The 2009 Counter-cyclical payment rate authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill will be based on the 12-month Weighted Average Price Received by growers. For cotton the 12-month Weighted Average Price will reflect price and marketings for the 2009 marketing year. The 2008 cotton marketing year began August 1, 2009 and ends July 31, 2010.

Average Price Received For 2009-crop Upland Cotton
(Weighted by Marketings)

 

Marketings

Prices

 

(000's of Running bales)

(cents/Lb.)

 

Monthly

Cum.

Monthly

Weighted

August

30

30

47.70

47.70

September

225

255

55.00

54.14

October

271

526

56.70

55.46

November

1,611

2,137

58.50

57.75

December

n/a

n/a

58.20*

n/a

Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service; * = preliminary

 

2009 High Plains Cotton Quality Summary

      Upland cotton bales classed through January 7, 2009 at the Lubbock and Lamesa Cotton Classing offices totaled 3,288,455 running bales. Converting that number to 480-pound statistical bales this shows that approximately 3.38 million bales (86.6 percent) of the 3.9 million bales currently estimated to come form the Texas High Plains region by the National Agricultural Statistics Service have been harvested and ginned thus far.

      The following is a summary of the cotton classed at the Lubbock and Lamesa USDA Cotton Division Cotton Classing Offices for the 2009 production season.

 

Current Week:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

26,441

21+ - 61.2%; 31 - 33.9%

2.75

35.79

Lubbock

56,966

21+ - 43.6%; 31 - 46.4%

3.17

35.65

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

3.73

29.08

80.18

37.4%

Lubbock

3.55

28.65

79.72

60.0%

 

 

Season Totals To Date:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

937,450

21+ - 73.0%; 31 - 24.2%

2.70

35.93

Lubbock

2,351,005

21+ - 50.5%; 31 - 41.4%

3.21

36.00

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

3.99

29.62

80.31

20.4%

Lubbock

3.55

29.61

80.11

34.9%

Source: USDA AMS

 

 

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Texas AgriLife Extension To Offer Numerous
Continuing Education Opportunities In 2010

      Texas AgriLife Extension Service conferences provide growers multiple opportunities to gather useful production information. Heading into the 2010 growing season producers attending the conferences 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. 13

"Reviewing alternative oilseed crop options for West Texas farmers" - Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Lubbock, TX; 9:30 AM-3 :30 PM

Further information contact Lubbock Co. Extension, (806) 775-1680; Register by January 11

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.