Mary Jane Buerkle Set To Join PCG Staff

Friday, March 25, 2011                             By Shawn Wade

      Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. Executive Vice President Steve Verett today announced the addition of Mary Jane Buerkle to the organization's staff. Buerkle fills the newly created position of Director of Communications & Public Affairs for PCG and will join the organization in mid- to late-April 2011.

      Buerkle comes to PCG via the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, where she currently holds the title of Vice President - Communications.

      "We are pleased to be able to add someone of the caliber of Mary Jane Buerkle to the staff here at PCG," says Verett. "Mary Jane brings skill, energy and an understanding and passion for agriculture that will be extremely valuable to our organization."

      Buerkle is a native of Haskell, Texas and a graduate of Texas Tech University. At Texas Tech, Buerkle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Communications in 2003 and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Education in 2004.

      Previous to her employment by PCG, Buerkle worked for two years as the Agriculture Reporter at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. She left the Avalanche-Journal in 2004 to join the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce as Vice President – Business Development.


Updated Soil Sampling and Cotton Variety
Disease and Nematode Information Available

Friday, March 25, 2011                             By Shawn Wade

      Last week's unexpected announcement that Bayer CropScience will not resume production of the insecticide Temik® brought a quick end to plans for an orderly, multi-year transition from the popular insecticide/nematicide to alternative products that might take on the roles it fills for cotton growers.

      With Temik® no longer an option for growers who had not previously purchased their 2010 supply, Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas AgriLife Research have pulled together to release two guides, one covering soil sampling techniques (Nematode sampling instructions for cotton producers on the Southern High Plains of Texas) and one with nematode and disease resistance ratings for cotton varieties (Response of cotton varieties to diseases on the Southern High Plains of Texas, 2010), to help growers evaluate their options for combating nematode and disease threats in 2010.

      "Last week's announcement really accelerated things on the Temik® front," says Dr. Jason E. Woodward, plant pathologist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Lubbock. "What we have is a situation that basically fast forwarded our industry 4-5 years to the time when Temik® was originally slated for its official exit from the market. To help growers deal with this unexpected turn of events we are pulling together several documents to provide them with the information they need to make plans for 2011 and beyond."

      The first of those documents are the soil sampling and cotton variety guides that were released yesterday by Dr. Woodward and Dr. Terry A. Wheeler, Research Plant Pathologist, Texas AgriLife Research.

      The papers are available for download on PCG's website at:; and at,

      In the near future, added Woodward, we will release an updated guide of available, alternative crop protection chemistries and recommendations for their use on the full range of insects and nematode species that Temik® had previously been relied on to control.

      In addition to the Texas AgriLife Extension materials being pulled together for the High Plains by Dr. Woodward and Dr. Wheeler, the National Cotton Council has also assembled an overview of the current situation from a Beltwide perspective. The NCC summary provides an informative description of several alternatives to Temik® application and strategies for the current growing season

      The NCC's Technical Services staff summary can be found at: and includes links to the First Forty Days and Fruiting to Finish management guide, which can be found at:


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PCG Announces 54th Annual Meeting April 1

Friday, March 25, 2011                             By Shawn Wade

      Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. will conduct the organization's 54th Annual Meeting on Friday, April 1, 2011 in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the Texas Cotton Ginners Association Convention and Trade Show March 31-April 1, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas.

      PCG's Annual Meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and the program will start promptly at 9 a.m.

      Headlining PCG's 54th Annual Meeting line-up is keynote speaker Walt Coleman, of Little Rock, Arkansas. Joining Coleman on the PCG program are John Maguire, Vice President-Washington (DC) Operations for the National Cotton Council of America, and William A. "Bill" Gillon of Memphis, TN, who was named President and CEO of the Cotton Board in October of 2010.

      Current PCG president Brad Heffington, of Littlefield, Texas, will preside over the meeting and PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett will report on the status of PCG operations and activities. During the PCG meeting, awards recognizing the 2010 High Plains Cotton Agent of the Year and the winners of the recently completed FFA West Texas Cotton Video Contest sponsored by Deltapine will be presented.

Don't Forget These Additional Special Events

      Two other special events will bookend this year's PCG Annual meeting. Kicking things off April 1 will be a Buffet Breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Civic Center Banquet Hall sponsored by Monsanto and Deltapine Cottonseed. Breakfast will be provided free to all PCG Annual Meeting participants.

      Immediately following the PCG Annual Meeting will be the annual Fibermax Cotton Seed luncheon for PCG Annual meeting participants and members of the Fibermax "One Ton Club." Lunch will be served in the Civic Center Banquet Hall.


2011 Production Conference & Meeting Dates


Meeting - Location:

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

March 31- April 1

Texas Cotton Ginners Trade Show & Convention, Mem. Civic Center, Lubbock, Texas

April 1

Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. 54th Annual Meeting - Banquet Hall, Mem. Civic Center, Lubbock, Texas

Source: Texas AgriLife Extension


Cotton Incorporated To Offer Free Cotton
Marketing Workshop; Reserve Your Spot Today

      It is not too late to plan on attending the 2011 Cotton Price Risk Management Seminar, sponsored by Cotton Incorporated in cooperation with Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. The theme for this year's seminar is "Market-based Strategies for How to Manage Your Price Risk for the 2011 Crop Season, Integrating Crop and Revenue Insurance."

      The free seminar is designed to help producers develop and sharpen their individual cotton marketing skills and develop market-based strategies for managing price risk for the 2011 cotton marketing season.

      This year's workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center, located at 2322 Mac Davis Lane in Lubbock. The free workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.

      Workshop topics include: "Why are options on cotton futures critical to your business?"; "What can options do for you and how?"; and, "Actionable hedging strategies."

      Instructors for this year's seminar will be retired Texas A&M Extension Economist Dr. Carl Anderson, Dr. John Robinson of Texas A&M University, and Mr. Mike Stevens.

      For information about the conference contact Kay Wriedt at Cotton Incorporated (919-678-2271) or Shawn Wade at Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. (806-792-4904).

      There is no registration fee to attend the seminar, however, registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Participants can register by telephone or email. Telephone registrations should be directed to Kay Wriedt (919-678-2271). Email registrations should be addressed to: