High Plains Harvest Activity Increasing

Friday, October 31, 2014                       By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Although it's weeks later than usual, High Plains cotton producers have their harvesting equipment ready to go and have begun the process of getting the 2014 crop out of the field.

      Ginners across the area are reporting increased activity, but many likely will not go to 24-hour shifts for at least another week or even two. Some have not yet ginned a bale at all.

      As of Friday, the Lubbock and Lamesa classing offices had graded just more than 118,000 samples from across the area. Predominant color is 21 and predominant leaf grade is 3 at both offices, with an average staple length at about 34.7.

      Warm, dry weather over the weekend will encourage continued activity, but as of press time, the weather forecast includes a significant chance of rain during the first part of next week, which would cause further delays. Another concern for producers hoping to save on additional input costs by not spraying harvest-aids is the lack of a freeze thus far. The average freeze date is around October 31 for Lubbock, but while some 10-day forecasts predict a potential freeze next week, others keep temperatures above the 32-degree mark.

 

Farm Bill Meetings Scheduled

      Mark your calendars for these upcoming Farm Bill meetings:

      Nov. 3 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Hereford Community Center, 100 Avenue C, Hereford. More info: (806) 364-3573.

      Nov. 4 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Rita Blanca Coliseum, Dalhart. More info: (806) 244-4434.

      Nov. 6 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 9 a.m.-noon, Yoakum County Library, 901 Avenue E, Plains. More info: (806) 456-2263.

      Nov. 6 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., First Baptist Church, 123 S. Bernice, Spearman. More info: (806) 659-4130.

      Nov. 6 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Plains Cotton Cooperative Association Delegate Body Room, 3301 E. 50th St., Lubbock. More info: (806) 775-1680.

      Nov. 12 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Hale County Justice Center, 225 Broadway, Plainview. More info: (806) 291-5267.

      Nov. 12 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Moore County Community Building, 16th and Maddox, Dumas. More info: (806) 935-2594.

      Nov. 13 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Sherman County Barn, 501 South Maple St. Stratford. More info: (806) 366-2081.

      Nov. 17 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Wolf Creek Heritage Museum, Lipscomb. More info: (806) 862-4601.

      Nov. 18 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Blvd West, Amarillo. More info: (806) 373-0713.

      Nov. 19 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Ochiltree County Expo Center, 402 Expo Drive, Perryton. More info: (806) 435-4501.

      Nov. 20 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Randall County Extension Office, 200 Brown Rd. Canyon. More info: (806) 468-5543.

      Nov. 25 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Pioneer Room at Silverton Happy State Bank, Main St., Silverton. More info: (806) 823-2522.

      Dec. 4 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Hemphill Co. Exhibition Center, Canadian. More info: (806) 323-9114.

      Dec. 8 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Armstrong County Activity Center, Claude. More info: (806) 226-3021.

      Dec. 9 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 9 a.m., AgriLife Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Boulevard West, Amarillo.

      Dec. 9 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 2:30 p.m. Plainview Country Club, 2902 West 4th Street, Plainview.

      Dec. 10 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 8:30 a.m. Leroy Colgan Bldg., S. 10th St. & S. Houston St. at Forrest Park, Lamesa.

      Dec. 10 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Oldham County Barn, Vega. More info: (806) 267-2692.

      Dec. 10 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 1 p.m. Bayer Museum of Agriculture, 1121 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock.

      A complete list of all of these meetings is available on the Plains Cotton Growers website at http://www.plainscotton.org/mj/agconferences/agconferences.html.

 

USDA Announces ACRE Payments for Certain

2013 Crops in Texas

Wednesday, October 29, 2014         From the Farm Service Agency

      U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Judith A. Canales announced today that FSA has begun distributing Average Crop Revenue Election payments for revenue losses associated with certain crops in Texas. Discontinued by the 2014 Farm Bill, the ACRE program provided producers with protection from revenue losses for crops grown in 2009-2013.

      Crops eligible for October payments in Texas include barley, irrigated corn, grain sorghum, wheat and non-irrigated cotton grown in the 2013 crop year. More than 10,000 producers in Texas enrolled more than 2.8 million acres in ACRE. The Budget Control Act passed by Congress in 2011 requires these payments to be reduced by 5.1 percent.

      For more information on ACRE, producers should contact their local FSA office or visit FSA's website at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.