Texas, High Plains Cotton Production

Estimates Raised

Friday, January 10, 2014                     By Mary Jane Buerkle

      According to the latest estimates from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, High Plains cotton growers will produce 2,670,000 bales of cotton for the 2013 crop. This is a 195,000 bale increase from the December report.

      Yield estimates increased for both portions of the Plains Cotton Growers service area, with an average yield of 960 pounds per acre in the northern half and 648 pounds per acre in the south.

      NASS estimates that Texas cotton growers will produce 4.3 million bales of upland cotton for the 2013 crop, an increase of 200,000 bales from the December report. The statewide figures are down from the 5 million bales produced in Texas in 2012, but up from the 3.5 million in 2011.

      Nationwide, growers are slated to produce 12,551,000 upland bales, up 108,000 from December's report of 12,443,000.

      Looking forward to the 2014 crop, the first benchmark of planting intentions will be in February, upon the release of the results of the National Cotton Council's annual survey during their annual meeting.  With cotton prices remaining in the 80-cent range, and feedgrain prices weakening, experts project that cotton acreage could increase in 2014 in some parts of the Cotton Belt, including Texas.


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NCC Planting Survey Deadline is January 17

Friday, January 3, 2014 From the National Cotton Council

      All U.S. cotton producers are encouraged to respond to the NCC's annual survey of 2014 planting intentions. The survey's questionnaire was recently distributed to upland and extra-long staple producers across the U.S. Cotton Belt through a combination of regular mail and email with the intent of reaching all cotton farms. Growers who did not receive a questionnaire may contact the NCC via email at econsurvey@cotton.org for survey instructions.

      The survey, conducted each year to aid with industry planning and policy deliberations, provides the basis for the economic outlook presented to delegates during the NCC Annual Meeting. Survey results will be presented during the Joint Meeting of Program Committees on Saturday morning, Feb. 8. To enhance the survey's accuracy, producers are encouraged to respond by the Jan. 17 deadline.


PCG Board Meets January 15

      The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors for Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. will begin at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, at the 50-Yard Line Restaurant in Lubbock. Dinner will be served at the conclusion of the meeting.

      A full agenda is planned for the afternoon, including a cotton market report from John Robinson with Texas A&M's Department of Agricultural Economics. Attendees will hear a legislative update and a report on the status of PCG finances.

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


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Area Ag Conferences Scheduled for January

      January 13 – Crop Protection Clinic, Rita Blanca Coliseum, Dalhart – Contact Mike Bragg, CEA-AG, 806-244-4434.

      January 14 – Cotton Disease/Nematode/Profitability Workshop, Morton – Contact Jeff Molloy, CEA-AG, 806-266-5215.

      January 20 – Cotton Production Meeting, Groom – Contact Jody Bradford, CEA-AG, 806-537-3882.

      January 20 – Hansford-Hutchinson Cotton Production Meeting, Spearman – Contact Kristy Sough, CEA-AG, 806-878-4026.

      January 20 – Market Outlook Crop Budget, Spearman – Contact Burton Williams, CEA-AG, 806-659-4130.

      January 21 – South Plains Ag Conference, First Baptist Church, Brownfield – Contact Chris Bishop, CEA-AG, 806-637-4060.

      January 22 – Lamb County Ag Conference, Littlefield – Contact Logan Newsom, CEA-AG, 806-385-4222.

      January 22 – Southern Mesa Ag Conference, Texas Forest Park Community Center, Lamesa – Contact Gary Roschetzky, CEA-AG, 806-872-3444.

      January 23 – Caprock Crop Production Conference, Friends Unity Center, Muncy – Contact Caitlin Jackson, CEA-AG, 806-675-2347.

      January 24 – Llano Estacado Cotton Conference, Muleshoe – Contact Curtis Preston, CEA-AG, 806-272-4584.

      January 27-28 – Futures and Options, Dalhart – Contact Mike Bragg, CEA-AG, 806-244-4434.

      January 27 – Ag Extravaganza, Happy State Bank, Silverton – Contact Nathan Carr, CEA-AG, 806-823-2522.

      January 29 – Alternative Crops Meeting, Tahoka – Contact Bryan Reynolds, CEA-AG, 806-561-4562.

      January 29 – Futures and Options, Perryton – Contact Scott Strawn, CEA-AG, 806-435-4501.

      January 30 – Southeast Panhandle Ag Conference, Memphis – Contact Josh Brooks, CEA-AG, 806-259-3015.