HAC Announces Witness List for
Lubbock, Texas Field Hearing On May 17

Friday, May 14, 2010                                

      The House Committee on Agriculture has published the names of individuals that will be testifying before the Committee at its field hearing in Lubbock, Texas on May 17.

      The Lubbock hearing will be conducted Monday, May 17, 2010 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Texas Tech Museum on the Texas Tech University campus. The museum is located at 4th Street and Indiana Avenue in Lubbock.

      The hearing's purpose is to gather input on the future of agriculture policy relative to the 2012 farm bill.

      Lubbock Congressman Randy Neugebauer, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, says that hosting the hearing is a unique opportunity for the entire Lubbock-area community to demonstrate its support of agriculture and its understanding of the significant positive impact that agriculture has on the region's economy.

      The following witness list is provided in the order of their appearance before the Committee.

Panel I:

Mr. Brad Bouma, dairy producer, Plainview, Texas

Mr. Jimbo Grissom, peanut producer, Seminole, Texas

Mr. John Lackey, citrus producer, Weslaco, Texas

Mr. Ronnie Holt, cotton, corn, and sorghum producer and crop insurance agent, Muleshoe, Texas

Mr. Joe Parker, Jr., cattle producer, Byers, Texas

Mr. Dale Murden, sugarcane, citrus, vegetable, soybean and sorghum producer, Monte Alto, Texas

Panel II:

Mr. Billy Bob Brown, irrigated and dryland wheat, sorghum and beef producer, Panhandle, Texas

Mr. Brad Heffington, cotton, corn, and sorghum producer, Littlefield, Texas

Mr. David Cleavinger, wheat, corn, cotton, and grain sorghum producer, Wildorado, Texas

Mr. Lowell Raun, Jr., rice producer, El Campo, Texas

Mr. Doyle Schniers, cotton producer, San Angelo, Texas

Mr. Dan Smith, sorghum producer, Lockney, Texas

Mr. Dee Vaughan, corn, soybean, wheat, cotton, and sorghum producer, Dumas, Texas

      For those who cannot attend the hearings, the House Agriculture Committee plans to provide live video coverage of each hearing on the Committee's website:

http://agriculture.house.gov/hearings/audio.html

      The Committee will also collect public comments about the Farm Bill on its website:

http://agriculture.house.gov/inside/feedbackform.html

      All comments received online by June 14, 2010 will be included in the Committee's Farm Bill field hearing record.

 

2010 DCP Sign-up Ends June 1; Completed
CCC-509 with Signatures Due By That Date

Friday, May 14, 2010                                 By Shawn Wade

      The USDA Farm Service Agency is reminding growers that the deadline for enrolling in the 2010 Direct and Counter-cyclical (DCP) and Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) programs is June 1, 2010.

      The June 1, 2010 enrollment deadline is mandatory for all participants. USDA will not accept any late-filed applications.

      To complete the sign-up process and be considered fully enrolled in the 2010 DCP or ACRE programs a producer must fully complete and submit form CCC-509 by the June 1 deadline. All producers whose combined shares total 100 percent on CCC-509 must have a signature on form CCC-509 by June 1.

      If a producer with a share greater than zero does not sign form CCC-509 by June 1, the contract will not be considered to have been timely filed and will not be acted upon or approved for participation in the 2010 program.

      For more information and to review the requirements for fulfilling the enrollment requirements for the 2010 DCP and ACRE programs producers are encouraged to contact their county USDA Service Center.

 

2009 County Production Figures In;
PCG Area Produced 3.475 million Upland Bales

Friday, May 14, 2010                                 By Shawn Wade

      The 2009 production season was definitely an upgrade over the poor results of 2008 on the Texas High Plains. Unfortunately, the 2009 growing season managed to throw one last curveball at the crop in late September that significantly impacted the crop.

      September weather ultimately reduced High Plains production prospects by up to half a million bales from where they were on September 1. The end result was an average 2009 Upland cotton crop totaling 3,475,600 bales 480-pound bales.

      Planted acreage in 2009 totaled 3.27 million acres planted cotton acres were well below the region's high water mark of 3.8 million acres planted just a few years ago. A total of 2,429,200 acres were reported as being harvested in the High Plains region in 2009.

      With harvested acreage up from 2008 by approximately 460,000 acres, the region abandoned some 860,000 acres to tally a slightly higher than average 26 percent abandonment rate from initial plantings. Abandonment on the 2008 High Plains crop was much higher at 40 percent.

      According to the final county level production estimates released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) on May 11, the Plains Cotton Growers 41-county service area accounted for 75.2 percent of the 4.62 million bales of Upland cotton produced in Texas last season.

      On a national basis the High Plains accounted for 29.48 percent of the 11.787 million Upland bales produced in the United States in 2009.

      A complete run-down of 2009-crop statistics for planted and harvested acreage, yield per harvested acre and total bales produced in PCG's 41-county service area is included in the table that accompanies this article.

      The top producing High Plains County in 2009 was Hale County, which produced 337,000 480-pound bales of cotton and averaged 903 pounds per harvested acre. Per acre yield per harvested acre on the High Plains averaged 687 pounds in 2009.

      The 2009-crop's Top Ten cotton producing counties in the High Plains region (reported in 480-lb bales) were: Hale, 337,000; Lubbock, 332,000; Gaines, 313,500; Dawson, 271,000; Hockley, 268,000; Crosby, 265,000; Floyd, 251,000; Lynn, 208,000; Terry, 198,000; and Lamb, 156,400.

      Hartley County was 2009's top yielding county producing 1,173 pounds per harvested acre. Ranking second and third in yield per harvested acre were Parmer County (1,067 pounds), and Hansford County (1,015 pounds). Castro and Hale counties rounded out the top five High Plains counties. Each of the top five counties averaged more than 900 pounds per acre in 2009.

      A complete listing of the 2009 Upland cotton production totals for Texas and other states is available on the NASS website (http://www.nass.usda.gov). Just click on the "Quick Stats" link to search for the data you want to find.

 

2009-crop Upland Cotton Production

Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. 41-County Service Area

County

Planted
(Acres)

Harvested
(Acres)

Yield per

Harv. Acre

Production
(Bales)

Andrews

25,600

12,600

724

19,000

Armstrong

Bailey

70,400

21,700

668

30,200

Borden

33,600

17,600

406

14,900

Briscoe

28,300

24,500

852

43,500

Carson

30,700

23,500

729

35,700

Castro

21,700

18,700

988

38,500

Cochran

122,000

58,300

622

75,500

Crosby

194,000

179,300

709

265,000

Dallam

Dawson

290,500

258,000

504

271,000

Deaf Smith

9,100

5,500

794

9,100

Dickens

25,000

21,200

362

16,000

Floyd

148,500

134,300

897

251,000

Gaines

263,500

192,100

782

313,000

Garza

42,600

23,400

591

28,800

Hale

202,000

179,100

903

337,000

Hansford

6,500

6,100

1,015

12,900

Hartley

1,900

1,800

1,173

4,400

Hemphill

Hockley

257,000

204,000

631

268,000

Howard

113,000

104,700

417

91,000

Hutchinson

4,400

4,200

880

7,700

Lamb

135,000

95,100

789

156,400

Lipscomb

Lubbock

256,000

209,000

762

332,000

Lynn

286,500

156,700

637

208,000

Martin

151,500

124,100

445

115,000

Midland

27,400

15,800

653

21,500

Moore

10,500

9,900

863

17,800

Motley

20,400

19,800

473

19,500

Ochiltree

8,300

7,600

903

14,300

Oldham

Parmer

25,500

20,100

1,067

44,700

Potter

Randall

1,300

1,200

840

2,100

Roberts

Sherman

16,700

15,300

831

26,500

Swisher

69,000

35,900

689

51,500

Terry

260,000

146,800

648

198,100

Yoakum

126,000

76,800

806

129,000

Combined Co.

5,000

4,500

747

7,000

High Plains Total

3,289,400

2,429,200

687

(weighted)

3,475,600

Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service;
= Zero Production or production aggregated into Combined Counties