USDA's January Marketing Numbers Reflect
Strong Pace of Shipments From 2010 Crop

Friday, March 4, 2011                                    By Shawn Wade

      USDA figures estimating reported cotton marketings and prices through the first half of the 2010 Upland cotton marketing year indicate that 13.7 million of the United State's projected 17.8 million bale Upland cotton crop were sold and shipped by the end of January 2011.

      The numbers imply that only 4.1 million 2010-crop bales, plus cotton carried over from previous years, are still available for shipment during the remainder of the 2010 marketing year.

      The January 2011 marketing figures, released February 28 by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service, show that a total of 2.784 million bales were reported as shipped. The January total is approximately 1.4 million bales smaller than the 2010-crop marketing year's peak monthly shipment level of 4.22 million bales reported for the month of December.

      On the price side of the report, the data reflects the fact that a vast majority of 2010-crop cotton was sold long before the harvest season price advance that continues to drive old crop prices above $2.00 per pound. The February 28 report indicates that the average price received by growers was 82.2 cents per pound for bales marketed during the month of January.

      Eventually the limited amount of free cotton that was sold by producers during the harvest run-up will be captured in the USDA marketing reports and figured into the 2010 Average Price Received by Farmers calculation. How much impact it will have, though, is an unknown since it is unclear how much cotton was actually marketed at higher price levels last Fall.

      The following table shows the average price received each month by farmers and the associated weighted average price based on prices and cumulative marketings reported from August 1 through January 31, 2011.

      The 2010 Counter-cyclical payment rate authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill would 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 2010 marketing year. The 2010 cotton marketing year began in August 1, 2010 and ends July 31, 2011.

Average Price Received For 2010-crop Upland Cotton
(Weighted by Marketings)

 

Marketings

Prices

 

(000's of Running bales)

(cents/Lb.)

 

Monthly

Cum.

Monthly

Weighted

August '10

387

387

77.20

77.20

Sept '10

496

883

74.70

75.80

October '10

2,203

3.086

78.10

77.44

November '10

3,619

6,705

81.20

79.47

December '10

4,220

10,925

80.90

80.02

January '11

2,784

13,709

82.20

80.46

February '11

n/a

n/a

82.90*

n/a

Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service; * = preliminary

 

NRCS Can Help Landowners with Rangeland
Recovery Assistance Following Wildfires

Friday, March 1, 2011                              By Texas NRCS Staff

TEMPLE, TX - High winds, low humidity and prolonged dry conditions in Texas have led to increased threats for wildfires. While some parts of the state have already been affected by damaging wildfires, other parts remain at risk.

      Landowners impacted by recent wildfires are encouraged to contact their local USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) district conservationist. The NRCS provides technical, and in some cases, financial assistance, to install measures that reduce post-fire damage and aid in the rehabilitation process.

      "Wildfires can provide valuable control of brush species, but may cause damage to perennial grasses if special care is not taken to allow recovery of the range," states Salvador Salinas, Acting State Conservationist for the USDA-NRCS in Texas. "Loss of vegetation not only affects forages for livestock and wildlife habitat, but it can lead to increased soil loss due to erosion by wind and water."

      Practices such as grazing deferment, cross fencing, reseeding and water development are effective post-fire strategies to help reduce erosion.

      "We can also provide assistance that will enable landowners to accelerate the health and vigor of affected rangeland," said Salinas.

      He suggests landowners consult with their local NRCS district conservationist to develop a conservation plan, which can be an effective strategy for pasture and rangeland recovery and mitigating the effects of the prolonged drought Texas is experiencing.

      Wildlife habitat can also be impacted by the wildfire and NRCS can provide technical and financial assistance in re-establishing the habitats for desired species.

      NRCS services and programs are voluntary and offered without a fee to all agricultural producers. NRCS helps landowners and land managers protect and improve the natural resources on their property, including soil, water, air, plants, and animals.

      For further assistance in evaluating your land and planning practices, or to address concerns following a wildfire, contact your local NRCS or Soil and Water Conservation District. USDA Service Center offices are located in almost every county and are listed in phonebooks under federal and state government, or online at www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.

 

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THE COTTON USA ADVANTAGE

CCI FAX February 25, 2011

CCI's "Let's Design" TV Show in India
Promotes Cotton to Young Designers

      Season three of CCI's pan-India fashion design contest, "Let's Design," concluded with Govind Kumar Singh winning for designing the best cotton fashions. Govind will be launched by India's biggest fashion house, Kimaya.

      "With Let's Design we believed in eliciting the latent talent of aspiring young designers across the nation and highlighting the fashion potential of cotton," Ms. Agnieszka Fijol, Cotton Council International Representative, said.

      Through his designs, Govind brought a unique style and creativity to cotton. This is a fabric that goes beyond wardrobe basics and Govind opened the door to a world of haute couture for cotton.

      "Let's Design 3" kicked off last December. CCI received almost 800 entries from Bangalore, Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai. During the regional rounds, 90 contestants brought their sketches to life in cotton, presenting their design to a panel of fashion experts and explaining how it utilized cotton's characteristics.

      Sixteen finalists from the regional rounds were brought to Mumbai, where they stayed under one roof in a "Reality House" and were judged on their execution of various tasks given to test their skill, passion and creativity with cotton. Judges selected eight finalists, who showcased mini-collections of cotton clothing during the finale.

      "Let's Design 3" TV episodes will premiere today in India, exclusively on ZoOm.

 

2010 Crop Quality Reports

      The following is a summary of the cotton classed at the Lubbock and Lamesa USDA Cotton Division Cotton Classing Offices for the 2010 production season.

 

Current Week:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

4,171

21+ - 83.0%

31 - 0.8%

1.55

36.09

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

3.71

30.11

80.63

32.9%

 

 

Season Totals To Date:

 

Office

Bales

Color

Leaf

Staple

Lamesa

1,344,172

21+ - 84.0%

31 - 11.1%

2.12

35.35

Lubbock

3,941,137

21+ - 84.3%

31 - 12.1%

2.30

35.98

 

Mike

Strength

Uniformity

Bark

Lamesa

4.34

29.57

80.65

8.6%

Lubbock

4.02

30.24

80.59

8.8%

Source: USDA AMS

 

2011 Production Conference & Meeting Dates

Date:

Meeting - Location:

Feb 28

Southwest Peanut Conference - Yoakum County

March 1

Sorghum Conference - Groom

March 1

Peanut Production Workshop - Quail

March 2

Cotton, Sorghum, Wheat & Irrigation Meeting - Silverton

March 3

Wheat Production Meeting - Abernathy

March 4

Crops Conference - Coliseum, Muleshoe

March 28

Cotton Production Workshop - Lamesa

March 29

Sorghum Production Workshop - Lamesa

March 29

Beef Marketing Workshop - Miami

March 30

Rolling Plains Ag Conference - Snyder

March 31

Beef Cattle Meeting - Lipscomb County

March 31

Beef Herd Health Workshop - Perryton Expo, Perryton

March 31

Pesticide Applicator & Pesticide Handler Trainings Lamesa Community Women's Building, Lamesa, Texas

Source: Texas AgriLife Extension