PCG Board of Directors To Meet October 9

Friday, September 20, 2013                By Mary Jane Buerkle

      The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors for Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. will begin at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 9, at Cagle Steaks, located at the intersection of West Fourth Street and FM 179 (4.5 miles west of Loop 289 on Fourth Street) in Lubbock. Lunch will be served at the conclusion of the meeting.

      Jay Yates with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will give a cotton market report and Craig Brown with the National Cotton Council will give a legislative update. Cary Allen, meteorologist with KCBD NewsChannel 11 in Lubbock, will provide a weather outlook. Other items include 2014 Business Director Nominations, the Nominating Committee Election and an update on the status of PCG finances through the first three months of the fiscal year.

      For more information, contact PCG at (806) 792-4904.


COTTON USA Orientation Tour Scheduled

to Visit High Plains

Friday, September 20, 2013 From Cotton Council International

      Textile executives representing 18 countries throughout the world will visit the U.S. Cotton Belt September 22-29 to familiarize themselves with U.S. cotton and how the fiber is produced, processed and marketed. The biennial COTTON USA Orientation Tour is sponsored by Cotton Council International.

      The 34 participants represent 28 individual companies in Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela and Vietnam. The 28 companies are expected to consume about 3.2 million bales in 2013 while U.S. cotton exports to those companies are estimated at about 1 million bales.

      The countries represented on the tour consume about 93 million bales per year, which represents about 75 percent of the world's consumption. The countries import about 31 million bales annually or about 85 percent of the world's total cotton imports.

      The Tour participants will visit a cotton farm and gin in the Mississippi Delta, tour cotton farms in West Texas, observe cotton research in North Carolina, and see the USDA cotton classing office in Bartlett, Tenn. They will meet with exporters in the four major Cotton Belt regions and get briefings from CCI, the National Cotton Council, Cotton Incorporated, the American Cotton Shippers Association, the Texas Cotton Association, the Lubbock Cotton Exchange, AMCOT, the American Cotton Producers, the Southern Cotton Growers Association, the Plains Cotton Growers Association, Texas Cotton Producers, the Western Cotton Shippers Association, the San Joaquin Valley Quality Cotton Growers Association and Supima.

      More than 800 textile executives from more than 60 countries have participated in CCI's Orientation Tour, which was initiated in 1968. The Tour's objectives are to increase U.S. cotton customers' awareness of the types/qualities of U.S. cotton, help them gain a better understanding of U.S. marketing practices and enhance their relationships with U.S. exporters. The Tour has led many foreign textile manufacturers to develop an appreciation for U.S. cotton fiber quality and furthered the U.S. cotton industry's reputation as a reliable supplier. The tour continues to be an excellent vehicle for helping U.S. cotton capture additional market share overseas.


Area Field Days Scheduled

      Mark your calendars for the following area field days:

      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, 10 a.m., Ricky Cude Barn, Lamesa

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

      Sept. 25 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Brownfield

      Sept. 26 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 5 p.m., 6 miles south of Morton on Highway 214

      Oct. 1 – Bayer CropScience Field Day, Woodrow

      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.


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