2013 Seed Cost Calculator Now Available

Friday, February 8, 2013                            By Shawn Wade

      The 2013 version of the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. Seed Cost Calculator is ready and available for download from the PCG website at http://www.plainscotton.org.

      The PCG seed cost calculator is an interactive Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that allows producers to calculate an estimated cost per acre, for both seed and technology, based on published suggested retail prices. The calculator has become a popular tool among producers interested in comparing seed and technology prices as they work to finalize their cotton variety selections.

      The 2013 version of the spreadsheet includes listings for 98 conventional, Roundup Ready FLEX, GlyTol, Bollgard II and Widestrike varieties, including numerous stacked gene versions of these technologies that will be available for sale in West Texas in 2013.




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NCC Launches Emerging Leaders Program

Friday, February 8, 2013 From the National Cotton Council

      The National Cotton Council has launched the Emerging Leaders Program, an effort aimed at ensuring the U.S. cotton industry benefits from a continuity of sound leadership.

      The project, sponsored by a grant to The Cotton Foundation from Monsanto, not only will provide participants with an in-depth look at the U.S. cotton industry infrastructure and the business and political arenas in which it operates but give them intense professional development training, including communication skills improvement.

      Among Emerging Leaders Program objectives will be to help participants gain a better understanding of: 1) the NCC's role, including its programs, policy development and implementation process; 2) Cotton Council International's role in developing and maintaining export markets for U.S. cotton, manufactured cotton products and cottonseed products; 3) the broad spectrum of issues that affect U.S. cotton's economic well-being; and 4) the U.S. political process. This leadership initiative also will focus on helping participants improve their communications skills, including presentation and business etiquette, instruction for engaging with the news media, and utilizing social media tools and tactics.

      Each class will consist of eight to 10 industry members and class members will participate in three sessions during the year.

      There is no age limit for program candidates whose primary livelihood must be derived from at least one of the seven raw cotton industry segments. Nominations will be made by one of the following: a certified interest organization, NCC officer or NCC director. Selections will be made by the NCC chairman in consultation with the NCC President's office and NCC Member Services.

      PCG EDITOR'S NOTE: If you are interested in participating, or know someone who would be a good candidate, please call PCG at (806) 792-4904.




PCG's 56th Annual Meeting

Friday, April 5

Lubbock Memorial Civic Center

9 a.m.-Noon


More information coming soon!


Upcoming Area Ag Conferences

      NOTE: A complete list, along with program agendas when made available, can be found on the Plains Cotton Growers website at http://www.plainscotton.org/agconferences.html

      February 11 - Hale/Swisher Crop Conference, Ollie Liner Center, Plainview - Contact Gary Cross, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-291-5267.

      February 12 - Feed Grains Conference, Muleshoe - Contact Curtis Preston, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-272-4584.

      February 13 - Ag Appreciation Day, Rita Blanca Coliseum, Dalhart - Contact Mike Bragg, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-244-4434.

      February 25 - Grain Sorghum Conference, Ochiltree Expo, Perryton - Contact Scott Strawn, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-435-4501.

      February 25 - Hutchinson/Hansford Sorghum Meeting, Morse Community Building, Morse - Contact Kristy Synatschk, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-878-4026.

      February 26 - Irrigation Management Meeting, Groom - Contact Jody Bradford, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-537-3882.

      February 26 - Pre-Watering Irrigation/Weed Control Meeting, Lamesa - Contact Gary Roschetzky, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-872-3444.

      February 26 - Ag Conference, Pampa Annex - Contact Brandon McGinty, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-669-8033.

      February 27 - Turkey/Quitaque Ag Producers Meeting, Turkey - Contact Nathan Carr, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-823-2522.

      February 28 - Sandyland Ag Conference, Seminole Civic Building - Contact Terry Millican, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 432-758-4006.

      February 28 - Irrigation Strategy Workshop, Stratford - Contact Marcel Fischbacher, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-935-2594.

      If you have another conference to add to this list, or if you have an agenda you'd like to link, please call PCG at (806) 792-4904 and ask for Mary Jane Buerkle, or email maryjane@plainscotton.org.