2010 High Plains Crop Tour &
Industry Field Day Event Calendar

Date:

Event:

 

September 7

Yoakum County Crop Tour

 

September 10

Lubbock County Crop Tour

 

September 14

Floyd County Crop Tour

 

September 15

West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute Annual Meeting

Scottish Rite Temple (Learning Center);1101 70th Street, Lubbock, TX

September 16

Hale County Harvest Aid

 

September 17

Swisher County Harvest Aid

 

September 21

Dawson County Harvest Aid

 

September 21

Briscoe County Crop Tour

 

September 21

Randall County Crop Tour

 

September 22

Lynn County Crop Tour

 

 

 

 

Industry Field Days:

 

Monsanto Technology Showcase Field Day

Steve Chapman Farm, Lorenzo, TX, 9:00 am

 

September 22 - Consultant

September 23 - Producer

Americot/NexGen Field Day & Shrimp Boil:

Lamesa, Ladies Auxiliary Building, 9:00 amÉÉ.......
Seminole, Gaines County Park, 9:00 amÉÉ...ÉÉÉ
Ropesville, Ropes Community Center, 8:45 amÉ...
New Home, New Home Community Bldg, 9:00 am....
Idalou, Idalou Community Clubhouse, 9:00 amÉÉ...

 

 

September 27

September 28

September 29

September 30

October 1

Bayer CropScience Cotton Production Field Day

Idalou Breeding Station, 9:30 am each day

 

September 29 - Southern Producers

September 30 - Northern Producers

 

Ricky Bearden Succeeds Ted Sheely
As Cotton Incorporated Chairman

      Plains, Texas cotton producer Ricky Bearden was unanimously voted in as the Cotton Incorporated Chairman for the 2010 through 2012 term. Bearden succeeds California grower Ted Sheely, who held the post for the prior two years. Mr. Bearden brings more than 30 years of practical experience as a cotton producer to the Chairman position. In addition, he has provided his leadership to a range of cotton-related organizations at the local and national levels.

      Cotton Incorporated President and Chief Executive Officer J. Berrye Worsham said this of Bearden's appointment, "The staff and Board of Cotton Incorporated are delighted to have Ricky as our Chairman. His keen understanding of the cotton industry will be an asset to our organization during his term."

      Ricky Bearden is a native of Plains, Texas where he grows cotton, wheat, milo, peanuts and black-eyed peas on his 6,000-acre farm. He has served as a director on the boards of the National Cotton Council, Cotton Incorporated, and the American Cotton Producers and was also president of Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. from 2004 to 2006.

 

THE HAND THAT FEEDS U.S.

http://www.thehandthatfeedsus.org/

 

Preliminary July Marketings Open Door For
Modest Final 2009 Upland Cotton CC Payment

Friday, Lubbock, Texas                              By Shawn Wade

      The National Agriculture Statistics Service's (NASS) announcement of July 2010 Upland cotton marketing data provides the last piece of the puzzle for projecting the final 2009 Upland Cotton Counter-cyclical Program payment rate.

      The operative word in the previous sentence, though, is "might" since it is far from certain that the final Weighted Average Price Received calculation will match current estimates calculated from previously reported marketing and price data.

      In fact, the pace at which cotton has been sold and shipped over the past 6-8 months would appear to greatly increase the probability that revisions to previously released preliminary marketing and price data will be made.

      USDA NASS revises price and marketing data at the conclusion of the marketing year for a variety of reasons, when prices are low these revisions often have little or no impact on the calculation of the final CC payment rate for Upland cotton.

      When larger volumes of cotton are being traded the chances that data is left out of the monthly USDA Agricultural Prices report increases.

      Such omissions could be due to delayed data transmission from merchants to USDA or to merchants revising previously submitted data after balancing their own books. As with most endeavors that are undertaken 'on the fly,' tracking cotton sales and responding to monthly USDA surveys of those activities is complicated when trading volumes are elevated.

      According to the August NASS Agricultural Prices report a total of 667,000 bales were traded in July, the final month of the 2009 marketing year, at an average price of 67.30 cents per pound. Total marketings for the 2009 crop are now estimated at 9.905 million bales.

      These figures raised the Weighted Average Price Received calculation to 62.45 cents per pound for cotton sold during the 2009 marketing year that ended July 31, 2010.

      The July data resulted in a further drop in the estimated final CC payment rate to 2.13 cents per pound from the previous months estimate of 2.45 cents. Taking off the 1.03 cent advance CC payment paid to growers in February of this year leaves an estimated 1.1 cents per pound to be paid to growers who received the advance payment. Growers who did not request a 2009 advance CC payment will receive final payments based on the full 2009 CC payment rate.

      With the July data in, the process of gathering revisions for 2009-crop marketing data is currently underway. Unfortunately there is no way to know whether or not the revised data will result in a significantly different figure than what is indicated by the preliminary data now in hand.

      NASS plans release the final Weighted Average Price Received by Growers for 2009-crop Upland Cotton, after revisions, on October 8, 2010. FSA will reportedly receive the figures at the same time providing them the last piece of the puzzle for announcing the final 2009-crop CC payment rate.

      Since future revisions could substantially impact the final payment rate calculation the current 1.1 cent difference between the estimated Weighted Average Price
Received and the FSA-paid advance CC payment rate is narrow, it could be erased with the right combination of revised data and unreported marketing and price information.

      Should that circumstance occur producers could be asked to repay all or part of the 1.03-cent advance 2009 CC payment they have already been paid. Hopefully that will not be the case, but it is a possibility that cannot be ruled out at the present time.

     The following table shows the preliminary average price received each month by
farmers and the associated weighted average price based on prices and
cumulative marketings from August 1, 2009 through July 2010 as reported by USDA NASS.

     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 2009 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 09

30

30

47.70

47.70

September 09

225

255

55.00

54.14

October 09

271

526

56.70

55.46

November 09

1,611

2,137

58.50

57.75

December 09

2,536

4,673

62.80

60.49

January 10

1,618

6,291

60.60

60.52

February 10

1,262

7,553

65.00

61.27

March 10

570

8,123

63.90

61.49

April 10

465

8,588

66.20

61.75

May 10

351

8,939

66.00

61.92

June 10

299

9,238

67.60

62.10

July 10

667

9,905

67.30

62.45

Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service; * = preliminary

NRCS LWG Meetings Allow Producer Input
On Local Conservation Program Priorities

      The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts invite the public and any agencies with an interest in conservation issues to participate in Local Work Group (LWG) meetings.

      The purpose of the meetings is to receive input from a broad range of local agencies, organizations, local agricultural leaders, businesses, and individuals that have an interest in natural resource concerns and needs to identify resource concerns.

      For more information and for persons with disabilities who require special accommodations and/or alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, Large print, audiotape, etc.) associated with this meeting should contact the local USDA-NRCS office in their local county, listed under USDA in the Yellow Pages, or access the information on the Texas NRCS Web site at http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.

2011 EQIP LWG Meeting
Dates, Times and Locations

updated as of 08/27/10

County:

Location:

Time:

Date:

Crosby

Ralls Community Storm Shelter, 821 Tilford Street, Ralls

6:30 pm

9/07/10

Dallam

USDA Service Center, 622 West 7th St., Dalhart

3:00 pm

9/07/10

Dawson

USDA Service Center, 109 NE 14th Street, Lamesa

9:00 am

9/07/10

Donley

RFO Building, Clarendon College, 1322 West 2nd, Clarendon

2:00 pm

9/07/10

Floyd

USDA Service Center, U.S. Highway 70 East, Floydada

9:00 am

9/07/10

Garza

Wells Fargo Bank Meeting Room, 216 West Main Street, Post

9:00 am

9/07/10

Hartley

Dalhart Country Club, 2979 US HWY 54, Dalhart

2:00 pm

9/07/10

Deaf Smith

Hereford Community Center, 100 Avenue C, Hereford

9:00 am

9/08/10

Dickens

USDA Service Center, 312 Willard Ave., Spur

7:00 pm

9/08/10

Hansford

USDA Service Center, 909 West 9th Street, Spearman

10:00 am

9/08/10

King

King County Courthouse, Court Room, Guthrie

1:30 pm

9/08/10

Lubbock

USDA-ARS Center, 3810 4th Street, Lubbock

9:00 am

9/08/10

Lynn

Tahoka Housing Authority, 1400 Ave. K, Tahoka

8:00 am

9/08/10

Parmer

Bovina EMS Building, 109 3rd Street, Bovina

10:00 am

9/08/10

Sherman

Happy State Bank, 100 N. Main St., Stratford

9:00 am

9/08/10

Castro

Rhoads Memorial Library, 105 SW 2nd Street, Dimmitt

9:00 am

9/09/10

Cochran

USDA Service Center, 200 West Taylor, Morton

8:30 am

9/09/10

Gray

Gray County Annex. Building, 12125 East Frederic Ave., Pampa

7:00 pm

9/09/10

Hockley

Chase Bank, 800 8th Street, Levelland

8:00 am

9/09/10

Moore

USDA Service Center, 801 South Bliss, Suite 104, Dumas

9:00 am

9/09/10

Ochiltree

Museum of the Plains, 1200 North Main St., Perryton

9:00 am

9/09/10

Terry

American State Bank Conference Room, 1323 Tahoka Rd, Brownfield

9:00 am

9/09/10

Wheeler

USDA Service Center, 1410 South Alan Bean Blvd, Wheeler

9:30 am

9/09/10

Borden

American State Bank, DCOS Meeting Room, 37th Street and College Avenue, Snyder

10:00 am

9/10/10

Hale

USDA Service Center, 304 South Garland, Plainview

11:00 am

9/10/10

Scurry

American State Bank, DCOS Meeting Room, 37th Street and College Avenue, Snyder

10:00 am

9/10/10

Fisher

USDA Service Center, 601 W. South 1st Street, Roby

10:00 am

9/13/10

Bailey

Coliseum, 2206 West American Blvd., Muleshoe

10:00 am

9/14/10

Childress

Greenbelt Electric Coop. Meeting Room, US Highway 83, Childress

9:30 am

9/14/10

Collingsworth

Robertson Restaurant, U.S. Highway 83, Wellington

8:30 am

9/14/10

Hemphill

Hemphill County Exhibition Barn, Exhibition Road, Canadian

7:00 pm

9/14/10

Kent

Kent County Courthouse, Highway 70, Jayton

5:30 pm

9/14/10

Randall

Randall Co. Agrilife Extension, 200 North Brown Road, Canyon

10:00 am

9/14/10

Swisher

Swisher County Annex Building, 310 West Broadway, Tulia

10:00 am

9/15/10

Carson

USDA Service Center, 221 Euclid Street, Panhandle

8:00 am

9/16/10

Stonewall

Stonewall County Courthouse, 128 West 6th Street, Aspermont

9:00 am

9/16/10