High Plains Cotton Harvest Off to Slow Start

Friday, September 27, 2013                By Mary Jane Buerkle

     By the end of September 2012, the Lubbock classing office had classed more than 3,000 bales, but as of press time this week, no samples have been classed in Lubbock and the Lamesa classing office has classed less than 500 bales, marking a slower start to the 2013 harvest than in recent years.

      The 2013 crop has been late all along, for the most part, thanks to cooler temperatures that delayed planting, in some cases, up to two weeks.

      However, ginning activity is expected to ramp up over the next few weeks as producers apply harvest aids and finish opening what cotton remains on the High Plains.

      The 10-day forecast from weather.com shows lows in the lower 50s, which is around average. Long-range forecasts by the National Weather Service call for above-average temperatures for the High Plains over the next 30 days, which certainly will give producers a little more time to prepare for harvest on what acreage remains. The abandonment rate remains at about 50 percent due to drought and severe weather over the course of the growing season.

      PCG encourages everyone to send photos of their harvest and ginning activity. Email photos to maryjane@plainscotton.org, Tweet them to @PCGNews on Twitter, or post them to PCG's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/plainscottongrowers.


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PCG Board of Directors To Meet October 9

Friday, September 27, 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.

"Celebrate Cotton" Game Successful

Friday, September 27, 2013                By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Cotton took center stage on Saturday, September 21, at the second annual "Celebrate Cotton" game at Jones AT&T Stadium as the Texas Tech Red Raiders, now 4-0 and ranked 24th in the nation, defeated the Texas State Bobcats.  The audience of 60,997 was the first home game sellout for the 2013 season and a new attendance record.

      Plains Cotton Growers would like to thank the marketing team at Texas Tech Athletics, Red Raider Sports Properties, the eight presenting sponsors for the game, the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech, Lone Star State Bank, and everyone who participated in the planning, execution and support of the event.

      "The Celebrate Cotton Game was a great opportunity to showcase the significant importance of the whole cotton industry to our region and state," PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said. "Equally important was to highlight the critical partnership with Texas Tech University and the cotton research performed there.  We are hopeful that we can continue these events in the future."


Executive Delegation Meets with U.S. Cotton's

Customers in Southeast Asia

Friday, September 27, 2013 From Cotton Council International

      Cotton Council International's 2013 COTTON USA Executive Delegation concluded recently in Bangkok, Thailand, where leaders from the U.S. cotton industry updated 34 members of the Thai textile industry on the latest developments related to cotton production, trade and policy. The delegation, comprised of nine experts representing all seven segments of U.S. cotton industry, conducted a seminar that offered insights on U.S. and world cotton supply and demand, contract sanctity, risk management, modern U.S. farming practices and international trade policy issues.

      Fifteen Thai mills representing 40 percent of Thai manufacturing capacity attended the seminar in Bangkok. The delegation also met with representatives from the Thai Textile Manufacturing Association and USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. The seminar in Bangkok was the third and final presentation of the 2013 Executive Delegation, which delivered similar programs in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, earlier in the week.

      The delegation arrived in Jakarta on Sunday, September 8, and met with the local industry leaders the following day. More than 30 companies representing an estimated 60 percent of Indonesian manufacturing capacity attended the seminar in Jakarta. While in Jakarta, the delegation also met with leadership from the Indonesian Textile Association and the Association of Indonesian Spinners, as well as local staff from FAS.

      After Jakarta, the delegation traveled to Ho Chi Minh City and delivered a seminar to a standing room only crowd of Vietnamese textile manufacturing leaders. While in Vietnam, the delegation took advantage of a special opportunity to meet with Madam Ho Thi Kim Thoa, Vice Minister of Industry and Trade, who made a special trip from Hanoi to meet with the U.S. mission. The discussion centered on Transpacific Partnership negotiations and default issues in the Vietnamese market. Immediately following the meeting, the delegation met with the leadership of the Vietnamese Industry Associations, Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association and Vietnam Cotton and Spinning Associations.

      The 2013 COTTON USA Executive Delegation members were: John Burch, President, CCI; Eduardo Esteve, Chairman, American Cotton Shippers Association; Anthony Tancredi, First Vice Chairman, ACSA; Clyde Sharp, Chairman, American Cotton Producers; Craig Heinrich, ACP; Hank Reichle, AMCOT, Marc Lewkowitz, Supima; Kevin Latner, Executive Director, CCI; Sean Callanan, CCI; and Kraipob Pangsapa, CCI.


Bayer CropScience Schedules Field Day

      Bayer CropScience will host a Field Day on Tuesday, October 1, in Woodrow.

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

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


Celebrities Clean Closets for a Cause

Friday, September 20, 2013          From The Cotton Board

      Cotton Incorporated's denim recycling program, Blue Jeans Go Green™(formerly Cotton From Blue to Green™), recently announced a unique auction designed to raise awareness about textile recycling and to help the program collect its one-millionth piece of denim.  Thirteen celebrities, including Hayden Panettiere, Heidi Klum, Britney Spears and more, have each signed and contributed a pair of jeans for "The Great Denim Challenge," an online auction in which denim is the currency.

      The bidding began September 17  at http://www.bluejeansgogreen.org and concludes on November 3.

      The Blue Jeans Go Green™ denim recycling program, which began as Cotton From Blue to Green™, has diverted over 600 tons of denim from landfills since it began in 2006. 

      The diverted denim has been given new life in the form of nearly 2 million square feet of UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation, which has been provided to communities in need and public works projects around the U.S.

      "The denim we have received from campus drives, through promotions with retailers and brands, companies, and consumers around the country have moved us very close to the one-million mark," explains Andrea Samber, Director of Strategic Alliances for Cotton Incorporated.  "Thanks to the participation of Hayden and the other celebrities, the auction will help us accelerate the milestone and commemorate it in a unique and memorable way."

      The auction puts up for bid 13 pairs of denim jeans, each autographed by its celebrity owner and paired with a note of thanks from the celebrity.   Like traditional auctions, the highest bidder will win the item, but the bids are denim --- not dollars.  The bidder committing to recycle the highest number of denim apparel items for a particular celebrity's jeans will be the recipient of that item.  All the denim collected will be converted into UltraTouch™ Denim Insulation, a portion of which will be distributed to communities in need.

      Cotton Incorporated will host a media event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, to celebrate the millionth pair milestone. For more information, visit http://www.bluejeansgogreen.org.


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America's Farmers Grows Communities

Launches Fourth Year

      Thanks to the help of local farmers, over the past four years America's Farmers Grow Communities has invested more than $13 million in rural America. Now in its fourth consecutive year, America's Farmers Grow Communities will give farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite local nonprofit organizations.

      Winning farmers have the opportunity to make a difference in their own communities by enrolling and nominating a nonprofit organization of their choice. Over the past years, organizations have used the funding to purchase vital equipment, supplies and resources for the betterment of their community.

      Each year in an effort to expand the impact of Grow Communities throughout rural America, the Monsanto Fund evaluates new counties to be included in the program. Thanks to the addition of 18 new eligible counties this year, Grow Communities now reaches 1,289 counties across 39 states.

      To make a difference in your community, register for a chance to donate to your favorite nonprofit organization online at http://www.growcommunities.com. The deadline for eligible farmers to enter is November 30, 2013. In December, the Monsanto Fund will then select one winner at random in each eligible county, and announce winning farmers and recipient nonprofits in January 2014.

      New to the Grow Communities program last year is the chance for community members to "plant" their ideas. Rural community members can now visit the Grow Communities website and submit an idea or initiative in need of funding. Eligible farmers are able to review planted ideas and consider them in their registrations.

      Farmers have helped fund more than 5,200 nonprofit organizations in rural America through America's Farmers Grow Communities. Farmers and rural community members can now visit GrowCommunities.com and register to win or submit an idea in need of funding. This program is part of the Monsanto Fund's overall effort to support rural communities.

      For more information about this program and to view the official rules, please visit http://www.growcommunities.com.