NASS Reduces Cotton Production Estimates
Friday, December 12, 2014 By Mary Jane Buerkle
After inching High Plains production estimates upward in their November report, the National Agricultural Statistics Service returned to a downward trend on their prediction for the 2014 High Plains cotton crop in the December report.
NASS estimates that High Plains growers will produce about 3.416 million bales of cotton in 2014, down 329,000 from their November number of 3.745 million. The Northern High Plains portion of PCG's service area was reduced by 80,000 bales to 840,000, while the Southern High Plains dropped 249,000 to an estimate of 2.576 million bales.
Yield per acre decreased in both areas, from 782 pounds per acre in the November report to 714 in December for the north, and from 537 pounds per acre in November to 490 pounds in December in the south.
Statewide, NASS estimates that Texas cotton growers will produce 5.95 million bales, down from their estimate of 6.4 million in November. NASS also predicts nationwide upland cotton production at 15.3 million bales, up 25 percent from 2013 but down 500,000 bales from the November estimate.
Markets reacted to this week's reports and strong U.S. weekly export sales by moving slightly upward, with spot March cotton futures reaching a four-week high.
Foggy, overcast weather has delayed harvest for many High Plains growers over the past week. Rainfall also is in the weekend forecast.
The Lubbock cotton classing office reached the million-bale mark this week, classing more than 1.27 million bales for the season. More than 74 percent of samples this season so far have been color grade 21 or 11, and average length for the season is 35.63. Average micronaire for the week was 3.91, less than the season average of 4.03. Bark was down this week in Lubbock to 17.5 percent from the season average of 19.8 percent.
Missed STAX/Farm Bill Meetings?
Additional Opportunities Set For This Week
Friday, December 12, 2014 By Mary Jane Buerkle
Over the past few months, hundreds of cotton producers, landowners, industry representatives, and agribusiness professionals have attended dozens of Farm Bill educational sessions designed to familiarize everyone with new programs. More than 500 producers collectively attended meetings hosted by the National Cotton Council just this past week.
With program signups just around the corner, producers have a few more opportunities before the end of the year for information gathering at meetings hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in several locations, and a webinar conducted by the National Cotton Council.
The NCC webinar will be from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Thursday, December 18. To participate, call (800) 377-8846 and enter Participant Code 55634947# to receive the audio. Then, for the video portion, log into the webinar site at https://cotton.adobeconnect.com/stax/. If you have questions, please call the National Cotton Council at (901) 274-9030.
PCG also will open their conference room at 4517 W. Loop 289 for the webinar for those who wish to attend as part of a group. Space is limited, so please call (806) 792-4904 to RSVP.
The webinar will include regional examples of insurance rates, county yields, and information regarding farm programs.
Other area Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meetings, hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, are as follows:
Dec. 15 – 8 a.m., Stanton Community Center, 301 St. Theresa Street, Stanton. More info: (432) 756-3316.
Dec. 15 – 1 p.m., B&B Community Center, 1201 Rodgers Drive, Andrews. More info: (432) 524-1421.
Dec. 16 – 10 a.m., War Memorial Building, Panhandle. More info: (806) 537-3882.
Dec. 17 – 9 a.m., Borden County Event Center, 180 and Willow Valley Road, Gail. More info: (806) 756-4336.
Dec. 18 – 8 a.m., GC Broughton Ag Complex (Howard College Campus), 2411 Echols Drive, Big Spring. More info: (432) 264-2236.
Dec. 19 - 8 a.m.-11 a.m., Floyd County Friends Unity Center, 990 FM 786, Lockney. More info: (806) 983-4912 or (806) 675-2347.
Monday, December 15, is the last day for discounted registration for the National Cotton Council's 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, to be held January 5-7 at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio.
Instructions for registration and housing, a schedule of events, and general information are at http://www.cotton.org/beltwide.
Attendees will have access to individual reports and panel discussions with information for helping them make key cotton decisions related to research, production and marketing.
The BWCC annually brings together those with a stake in a healthy U.S. cotton production sector, including industry members, university and USDA researchers, Extension personnel/agents, consultants, and industry sales/support personnel. They are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Beltwide's dynamic program and the opportunity the forum provides for networking with their peers from across the Cotton Belt.