Harvest Time Approaching, but

First Bale Still Elusive

Friday, September 6, 2013                        By Mary Jane Buerkle

Typically, the first of September finds most High Plains cotton growers making final preparations for harvest. However, with a later crop, even the year's symbolic "first bale" for the region has not yet been ginned, to PCG's knowledge at press time. Looking back to 2012, the "first bale" for the High Plains was delivered in Gaines County on August 17.

Cooler temperatures at planting time kept many producers out of the fields and forced up to two-week delays, and although the high temperatures have allowed much of that cotton to catch up developmentally, the rest of September will be critical to determining the true potential for this crop.

Irrigated fields continue to look good, for the most part, and although dryland yields certainly are expected to be better than 2012 overall, the lack of recent moisture has stressed those plants. According to weather.com, the next chance for rainfall in the Lubbock area is only slight and not until midweek, and area zone forecasts from the National Weather Service currently do not include a chance for precipitation at all.

"We have some irrigated cotton that looks excellent on the High Plains, some that has the potential to make three-plus bales to the acre," PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said. "However, we still have to finish out this crop, and a rain would be beneficial."


Lesser Prairie Chicken Stakeholders'

Conservation Strategy Information

Meeting Scheduled for Sept. 11 in Morton

Friday, September 6, 2013                            By Shawn Wade

      The next landowner outreach and information meeting for the Stakeholders' Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie Chicken and the LEPC Habitat Exchange Program is this Wednesday, September 11, in Morton.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. CDT at the Cochran County Activity Center in Morton. A meal will be provided to attendees. RSVPs are appreciated to help plan for the meal; please contact Shawn Wade at PCG at (806) 778-6256.     

The primary purpose of Stakeholders' Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie Chicken is to provide a market-based response to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services proposed listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a "Threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act.

      The main purpose of the Stakeholders' Conservation Strategy effort is to translate interest in continued energy production into a habitat mitigation need; and how that need can be translated into voluntary landowner participation through the sale mitigation credits, while satisfying the desires of the environmentalist to save the species by conservation.

      Successful implementation of the Stakeholders' Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie Chicken will provide beneficial habitat preservation and restoration for the species through the creation of a market-based mechanism that provides opportunities for private landowners to develop alternative income streams in exchange for the implementation of habitat conservation and management practices that benefit the species and facilitate the continuation of valuable oil and gas activity within the LEPC range.

      The Stakeholders' Conservation Strategy for the Lesser Prairie Chicken is being developed by stakeholder groups that encompass agriculture, the oil and gas industry, and the environmental community.  

      Agriculture groups involved with the effort include Plains Cotton Growers, the Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas Farm Bureaus and many other Ag groups representing landowners within the currently identified LEPC range.


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Area Field Days Scheduled

      Mark your calendars for the following area field days:

      Sept. 13 – Texas Tech/Texas AgriLife Research Field Day, 8 a.m., Quaker Farm, 200 N. Quaker

      Sept. 16 – Deltapine Consultants Field Day, 8 a.m.-noon, Chapman Farm, Lorenzo

      Sept. 17 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Levelland

      Sept. 17 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nichols Farm, Seminole

      Sept. 18 – All-Tex/Dyna-Gro Field Day, 9 a.m.-noon, 2200 West Avenue, Levelland (lunch served at noon)

      Sept. 19 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Chapman Farm, Lorenzo

      Sept. 24 – Americot Field Day, 10 a.m., Agrisearch, Inc. Farm, located about four miles west of Edmonson in northern Hale County

      Sept. 24 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Crosbyton

      Sept. 24 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Sudan

      Sept. 24 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 3 p.m., Doug Jost Barn, St. Lawrence

      Sept. 25 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Ricky Cude Barn, Lamesa

      Sept. 25 – PhytoGen Field Day, 10 a.m., Ralls (meet at Triumph Seed)

      Sept. 26 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Brownfield

      Sept. 26 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, TBD, Sudan

      Oct. 1 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Woodrow

      For more information on the All-Tex Field Day, call Cody Poage at (806) 894-4901.

      For more information on the Americot Field Day, call Americot at (806) 793-1431 or (888) 678-SEED.

      For more information on the Bayer CropScience Field Days, call your local Bayer sales representative, Regional Agronomist Daniel Olivier at (806) 281-4931, or Regional Agronomist Kenny Melton at (806) 786-5088.

      For more information on the Deltapine field days, call Eric Best at (806) 790-4646.

      For more information on the PhytoGen field day, call Brad Ferguson at (806) 252-7209.

      If you have a field day you would like to add to this schedule, please call Mary Jane Buerkle at (806) 792-4904 or email maryjane@plainscotton.org.


NRCS to Host Local Work Group Meetings

      The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts will host Local Work Group meetings. The purpose of the public meetings is to receive input from farmers, ranchers, local agencies, organizations, local agricultural leaders, businesses, and other individuals with an interest in natural resource concerns.

      Area meetings coming up are as follows:

      Sept. 9 – 9 a.m., USDA Service Center, 2431 South Farwell, Littlefield

      Sept. 10 – 9 a.m., USDA Service Center, 909 West 9th Street, Spearman

      Sept. 10 – 9 a.m., USDA Service Center, U.S. Highway 70 East, Floydada

      Sept. 10 – 9:30 a.m., 1st Bank & Trust Meeting Rm., North of Courthouse, Memphis

      Sept. 10 – 10 a.m., USDA Service Center NRCS Field Office, U.S. Highway 287 East, Claude

      Sept. 10 – 2:30 p.m., USDA Service Center, 1301 South Main, Seminole

      Sept. 10 – 3 p.m., USDA Service Center, 622 West 7th St., Dalhart

      Sept. 10 – 4 p.m., RFO Bldg., Clarendon College, 1322 West 2nd, Clarendon

      Sept. 11 – 7 a.m., Cast Iron Grill, 620 19th St., Lubbock

      Sept. 11 – 8:30 a.m., Tahoka Housing Authority, 1400 Ave. K, Tahoka

      Sept. 11 – 9 a.m., Hereford Community Center, 100 Ave. C, Hereford

      Sept. 11 – 10 a.m., Bovina XIT Recreational Center, 215 North St., Bovina

      For more information, contact the local USDA-NRCS office in your county, or access the information on the Texas NRCS website at http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.