Crop Update: Sunshine, Warm Temperatures

Improve Cotton Potential

Friday, June 27, 2014                          By Mary Jane Buerkle

      After three weeks of intermittent rainy, cooler weather, forecasts for the next several days predict warm, sunny days on the High Plains that will boost the delayed cotton crop.

      The precipitation improved the soil profile over most of the PCG service area, but as has been reported in recent weeks, producers have had crop damage and loss due to flooded fields, along with high winds and hail that accompanied the rainfall.

      Now it’s a waiting game to see if Mother Nature truly will deliver the sunshine and warmth needed to accelerate the growth and development of cotton that so far has been late.

      Resistant weeds continue to be a significant issue, and growers and others who are interested should note that the public comment period will end July 3 for the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Section 18 Emergency Specific Exemption request to the Environmental Protection Agency to use propazine to treat up to 3,000,000 acres of cotton to control glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth.

      PCG urges all members to submit comments that are positive in nature with regard to this request from TDA. Both TDA and PCG believe that this emergency-specific exemption is urgently needed to control glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth.

      Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0419, by one of the following methods:

      Online: Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. The direct link can be found online at!docketDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0419; click the “Comment Now!” button on the right.

      Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

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PCG Board to Meet July 9

Friday, June 27, 2014                          By Mary Jane Buerkle

      The PCG Board of Directors will meet at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, in the Plains Cotton Growers Conference Center at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture, 1121 Canyon Lake Drive in Lubbock.

      One of the primary items of business for the Board is consideration and approval of a new FY 2014-2015 PCG operating budget. Another meeting highlight will be Dr. Joe Outlaw with the Agricultural Food and Policy Center, as he will demonstrate the new crop policy decision aid tool that will help growers make well-informed decisions regarding farm program options.

      If you believe a particular issue should be considered for inclusion on the meeting agenda, please contact the PCG office at 806-792-4904.


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Cotton Industry Seeks Volunteer Leaders

Friday, June 27, 2014                             By Shawn Wade

      The success of the High Plains cotton industry, like any group effort, is directly tied to the willingness of qualified individuals to volunteer to serve in various leadership positions. To identify these volunteers, the High Plains cotton industry caucuses each year with other cotton groups within Texas to identify producers interested in serving as a volunteer leader.

      PCG encourages all qualified individuals interested in representing the High Plains as a representative to the Cotton Board, National Cotton Council, or Cotton Incorporated to contact PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett for more information.

      Each year, a variety of volunteer positions within the NCC and Cotton Incorporated are filled directly through the industry’s caucus process. In addition to naming representatives to the NCC and Cotton Incorporated, PCG and the Texas cotton industry also work together to identify and nominate qualified individuals to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for possible appointment as a Member or Alternate on the Cotton Board.

      Qualified individuals interested in serving on the Cotton Board, which oversees the highly successful U.S. Cotton Research & Promotion Program, also are encouraged to contact Verett at the PCG office in Lubbock to request additional information. PCG’s telephone number is 806-792-4904.

      To be a qualified producer nominee for the Cotton Board, an individual should be actively engaged in cotton production at the time of nomination, be committed to the mission of the Cotton Board and the Cotton Research and Promotion Program, and have demonstrated leadership skills and experience.

      “Whether it is a nomination to serve on the Cotton Board or appointment to a leadership position within the National Cotton Council or Cotton Incorporated, the membership of Plains Cotton Growers has proven to be fertile ground for leaders within our industry,” Verett said. “Our industry owes much to the dedicated men and women who step forward to serve their fellow producers. We look forward to extending that tradition of leadership in the years ahead.”

      Editor’s Note: The Cotton Board seeks to promote diversity and ensure equal opportunity and inclusion for all those who qualify for nomination and appointment to the Cotton Board regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, disability, socio-economic status, religion or sexual orientation.