June Weather May Force Replant Decisions

Friday, June 8, 2012          By Mary Jane Buerkle

      When the skies opened up Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning over some portions of the PCG service area, they produced a weather event not seen in some time, leaving anywhere from a few tenths to more than 5 inches in rain gauges.

      Rainfall totals varied widely across the area over the past week, but sources say that it rained in Idalou, just east of Lubbock, for seven hours straight after midnight Tuesday, flooding fields and even closing down highways for a short time.

      According to Texas Tech Mesonet data, rainfall amounts for the month of June so far range from .06 in O'Donnell to 5.22" at White River Lake. Others with heavy rainfall for the month include Abernathy with almost 5", Tulia with about 4" and Ralls with 3.63".

      Limited hail and wind damage has been reported in some areas. Between that and the heavy rainfall, some producers may be facing decisions of whether or not to replant. A helpful resource for producers is a publication by Drs. Randy Boman and Robert Lemon addressing this issue. This publication, Making Replant Decisions in Cotton - 2007 can be found at http://lubbock.tamu.edu/files/2011/10/makingreplantdecisions07.pdf or on Texas AgriLife Extension's Cotton Resource DVD at http://cotton.tamu.edu/cottonDVD/content/cottondvd/General%20Production/Making%20Replant%20Decisions_2007.pdf.

     Overall, cotton conditions across the High Plains are certainly better than they were at this time last year, but additional moisture is needed, especially on dryland acreage in parts of the PCG service area.

 

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USDA Authorizes Emergency Grazing of

CRP Acres for 12 Counties

      The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently authorized twelve counties for emergency grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for fiscal year (FY) 2012. Based on a decision made by the Texas FSA State Committee, CRP emergency grazing approval will only be available for those CRP lands that were not utilized for haying or grazing during the previous 12 months.

      The following counties are approved for CRP emergency grazing:  Andrews, Bailey, Cochran, Cottle, Crosby, Dawson, Hockley, King, Lubbock, Martin, Swisher and Terry. The CRP emergency grazing authorization for FY 2012 is effective immediately and ends on September 30, 2012.

      "Eligible producers who are interested in emergency grazing of CRP must request approval before grazing eligible acreage," USDA Texas Farm Service Agency Acting Executive Director, James B. Douglass said. "Producers must also obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that outlines permitted grazing practices."

      Additionally, there will be a 25 percent CRP payment reduction for CRP acres used for grazing under these emergency provisions.

      To take advantage of the emergency grazing provisions, authorized producers can use the CRP acreage for their own livestock or may grant another livestock producer use of the CRP acreage. The eligible CRP acreage is limited to acres located within the approved county.

      Eligible producers who are interested in grazing CRP under the emergency authorization and current CRP participants, who choose to provide land for grazing to an eligible livestock producer, must first request approval to graze eligible acreage and obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to include grazing requirements.

      For more information and to request approval for emergency grazing of CRP acres contact your local FSA office.

 

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SWCA, Texas Ag Forum to Host Southwest Ag

Issues Summit in September

The Southwest Council of Agribusiness and the Texas Ag Forum will host the inaugural Southwest Ag Issues Summit on September 9-11 at the Barton Creek Resort in Austin.

The Summit is an opportunity for agricultural leaders to discuss key issues facing agriculture. The event also provides the opportunity to network with fellow agricultural influencers in the industry. The Summit is an effort to help unite the voices of agricultural leaders, allowing them to better serve the industry as a whole and ensure the security of America's food and fiber producers.

Keynote speaker for the dinner event on September 10 will be well-known economist and futurist Dr. Lowell Catlett. Learn more about Dr. Catlett at http://www.lowellcatlett.com.

Platinum sponsor for the event is the Farm Credit Bank of Texas. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available; please contact Chris Snodgrass at chrisvsnodgrass@yahoo.com or Mitchell Harris at mitchell.harris@agtexas.com.

Registration is $300/attendee or $450 for an attendee and spouse. Golf packages are available as well.

More information about the Southwest Ag Issues Summit, including how to register and a tentative agenda, is at http://www.agissuessummit.com.