High Plains Cotton Crop Nearing Finish

Friday, September 5, 2014                        By Mary Jane Buerkle

     Many High Plains farmers likely are glad to put the month of August behind them, as it was not kind to much of the PCG service area with regard to timely rainfall.

      Hot temperatures coupled with a lack of precipitation made a distinct difference in many dryland fields, squelching yield potential and, in some cases, possibly ending hope for harvest after a season of ups and downs.

      "In many places, if it had rained a couple of weeks ago, we'd be in a different situation," PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said. "For now, conditions remain mixed across the region, but we do still have a good amount of acreage, especially irrigated acreage, that shows a lot of promise. We also have some areas that have received some timely rains that look good."

      The National Agricultural Statistics Service most recently estimated that High Plains farmers will produce about 4.4 million bales of cotton in 2014. However, most agree that number will decrease in the next report, set to be released on Thursday.

      In terms of heat unit accumulation, from May 1 until August 1, the High Plains was just one percent above the long-term average, according to data collected from the National Weather Service. However, from August 1 until September 4, that number rose to 13.9 percent, with the majority of that increase happening from August 20 onward.

      "In those areas that did receive some of the spotty showers later in the month, those cotton plants may have benefited tremendously from the warmer temperatures," Verett said. "The rainfall and warm weather would have come at a critical time in the final stages of the development of the plant's yield potential."

      Cooler temperatures and rainfall are in this weekend's forecast, although the precipitation may be too late for some.

      Resistant weeds remain a top issue for many farmers, and experts say it will take a total mindset change to curb the spread going into next year's crop. They urge producers to use herbicides to control weeds before they emerge, as opposed to trying to keep up with spraying later in the season.

      "Producers will have several things to keep in mind as they begin to think about their plan for 2015," Verett said. "We all will be watching the markets, and resistant weeds will be everywhere regardless of the crop, so that part comes down to the cost to control. We just hope that the latest Farmers Almanac prediction of a wet winter comes to pass."


Southwest Council of Agribusiness

Annual Meeting

Monday, September 15

Bayer Museum of Agriculture, Lubbock

More information at http://www.southwest-council.org!


Area Field Days Scheduled

      Mark your calendars for the following area field days:

      Sept. 11 – Texas Tech University – Quaker Research Farm Field Day, 8 a.m.-noon, 200 N. Quaker (lunch served)

      Sept. 11 – FiberMax/Stoneville Field Day (Hart Shrimp Boil), 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Greg Gerber Farm

      Sept. 16 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Mark and Blaine Nichols Farm, Seminole      (lunch served)

      Sept. 16 – FiberMax/Stoneville – Maple Field Day, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chris Kindle Farm (lunch served)

      Sept. 17 – All-Tex/Dyna-Gro Field Day, 9 a.m.-noon, 2200 West Avenue, Levelland (lunch served at noon)

      Sept. 17 – Deltapine Consultants Field Day, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Chapman Farm, Lorenzo (lunch served)

      Sept. 17 – PhytoGen Grower Day/Enlist Technology Center Tour, 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Texas Tech New Deal Farm – Northeast Lubbock County Field Lab (dinner served at conclusion)

      Sept. 18 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Chapman Farm, Lorenzo (lunch served)

      Sept. 18 – PhytoGen Grower Day/Enlist Technology Center Tour, 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Texas Tech New Deal Farm – Northeast Lubbock County Field Lab (dinner served at conclusion)

      Sept. 23 – FiberMax/Stoneville – Crosby County Field Day, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Billy Tidwell Farm (lunch served)

      Sept. 23 – Deltapine Grower Field Day, 4 p.m., Doug Jost Barn, St. Lawrence

      Sept. 24 – FiberMax/Stoneville – Oklahoma Flat Field Tour, 9 a.m.-10 a.m, Albus Farm (coffee and donuts served)

      Sept. 25 – FiberMax/Stoneville – Cochran County Field Tour, 9 a.m.-10 a.m, Patterson Farm (coffee and donuts served)

      Sept. 30 – Americot/NexGen Field Day, 9 a.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station, Halfway (Hwy 70, 14 miles west of Plainview)

      Oct. 10 – FiberMax/Stoneville – Idalou Field Day, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m, Evitt Farm (lunch served)

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

      For more information on the Americot/NexGen Field Day, call Jerry Montgomery at (806) 577-8011 or Gary Sanders at (806) 777-4535.

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

      For more information on the FiberMax/Stoneville field days, call Tim Culpepper at (806) 789-6593 for north of Lubbock or Kenny Melton at (806) 786-5088 for south of Lubbock. 

      For more information on the Phytogen Grower Days, call Kassadi Click at (806) 680-4158.

      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.


Cotton Inc. Names Inaugural Cotton Research

and Promotion Hall of Fame Inductees

Friday, September 5, 2014                  From Cotton Incorporated

      Cotton Incorporated announced today the formation of a Cotton Research and Promotion Program Hall of Fame, which will annually recognize U.S. cotton industry leaders that have made significant contributions to the Program or to the cotton industry in general. The five inaugural honorees: J. Dukes Wooters (New York); Morgan Nelson (New Mexico); Marshall Grant (North Carolina); Fred Starrh (California); and Lambert Wilkes (Texas) will be recognized for their achievements at the combined Cotton Board/Cotton Incorporated Board of Directors meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida this December.

      The Cotton Research and Promotion Program was established in 1966 to expand the demand for upland cotton and to increase profitability for both cotton growers and importers of cotton products.

      "As the Research and Promotion Program approaches its fiftieth year, we felt the time was right to acknowledge the contributions of those who have helped shape the modern cotton industry," says Berrye Worsham, President and CEO of Cotton Incorporated.

      J. Dukes Wooters, the first President of Cotton Incorporated, is recognized for his innovative marketing of cotton to consumers, including the development of the now iconic Seal of Cotton trademark.

      Morgan Nelson, known as "Mr. Cotton" in his home state of New Mexico, was among the first directors of the Cotton Incorporated Board of Directors. He is honored for his strong leadership and lengthy tenure in this role, in which he was instrumental in generating and maintaining grower support and helping to shape the direction of Cotton Incorporated.

      Marshall Grant, a staunch advocate of boll weevil eradication, is recognized for his foresight and tenacity in convincing local and national leaders to address one of the greatest threats ever to face the U.S. cotton industry. Heralded as one of the most successful USDA projects, the Boll Weevil Eradication Program also contributed to a reduction in pesticide applications and the implementation of Integrated Pest Management among U.S. cotton growers.

      Professor Lambert Wilkes (deceased), along with his team at Texas A&M, is responsible for the engineering of the cotton module builder, which dramatically increased the efficiency of cotton collection and storage. In 2000, the state of Texas acknowledged the module builder as one of the four most significant economic achievements of the 1970s, alongside the opening of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Southwest Airlines.

      Fred Starrh provided many years of leadership to the industry, first as Chairman of Cotton Incorporated and later as President and Chairman of Cotton Council International. He is honored for his strong leadership and for shepherding Cotton Incorporated through a transition of partnership with Cotton Council International to promote U.S. upland cotton around the world.

      The 2014 honorees of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program Hall of Fame were chosen from nominations made by Certified Producer and Importer Organizations and voted upon by the Chairman's Committee of the Cotton Incorporated Board of Directors.


Cotton Industry to be Recognized at

"Celebrate Cotton" Game September 13

      Come see the Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Celebrate Cotton game on Saturday, September 13!

      Individual tickets are $85 each, and game time currently is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Season tickets already have sold out, and we expect individual tickets for this game to sell out as well, so purchase your tickets by calling (806) 742-TECH or visiting http://www.texastech.com.

      PCG has proudly partnered once again with Texas Tech Athletics to establish this fun event that puts the High Plains cotton industry on a national stage. Cotton will be everywhere before and throughout the game, from displays around the stadium to promotion, special graphics and cotton facts during the game.

      Special gameday T-shirts will be distributed (first-come, first-serve!) and cotton bales will line each entrance to the stadium, each with signage talking about what the cotton in that bale can make or how it impacts our economy.

      This year, cotton ginner and farmer Barry Street and his family will be featured in the game program. Street is owner and manager of Street Community Gin east of Kress, and also serves on the national board of the Texas Tech Alumni Association. He and his wife, SuDe, have three children who are fourth-generation Texas Tech graduates.

      Presenting sponsors for Celebrate Cotton include AgTexas Farm Credit Services, Bayer CropScience, City Bank, Crop Production Services, Deltapine, Diversified Sub-Surface Irrigation, Inc., Dodge Ram, PhytoGen, and Warren CAT.

      Additional sponsors who will have equipment displays at the game include Hurst Farm Supply, Wylie Implement and Spray Centers, and Toyota.

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