Beltwide Cotton Conferences Feature

Information, Awards

Friday, January 9, 2015                       By Mary Jane Buerkle

      The National Cotton Council's Beltwide Cotton Conferences wrapped up this week, and attendees had an opportunity to network, gain valuable information, and honor peers in the industry.

      Two of those awards honored Texas cotton producers. Father and son Ronnie and R.N. Hopper of Petersburg received the Farm Press "High Cotton" Award for the Southwest Region at a breakfast Tuesday morning. The award is sponsored by Farm Press Publications through a grant to the Cotton Foundation.

      "Ronnie and R.N. are excellent farmers and are early adopters of technology, especially in water conservation, no-till farming, and crop rotation," PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said. "They strive for profitability by being prudent in their methods and in their management. We are pleased that they have been recognized for their successful farming practices and environmental stewardship."

      South Texas cotton producer and former NCC chairman Jimmy Dodson was recognized with the Cotton Grower Achievement Award, which is organized and managed by Cotton Grower magazine and sponsored by Case IH and Deltapine.

      "I think Jimmy's qualities of intellect, pursuit of innovation, grasp of the issues, communication ability and humility have been instrumental in his legacy of service to his community and our industry," Jeff Nunley, Executive Director of the South Texas Cotton and Grain Association, said of Dodson. "Jimmy has been a great friend and mentor to me over the years. He has also been an outstanding leader. I can think of no one more deserving of the Cotton Grower Achievement Award."

      A key discussion topic for attendees was prospective plantings for the 2015 cotton crop. Two surveys, one by Reuters and another by Cotton Grower magazine, showed a potential decrease in acreage for 2015, based upon respondents.

      The median for the poll by Reuters pegged nationwide acreage at 9.8 million, based upon a survey of analysts, traders, and farmers. Cotton Grower's projection was just more than 9.7 million acres, with about 5.4 million of that in Texas, where growers planted 6.2 million acres of cotton in 2014. Water availability and prices at planting will be key factors in determining acreage in Texas. The National Cotton Council will release their planting intentions survey results at their annual meeting in Memphis, Tenn., next month.

      The 2016 Beltwide Cotton Conferences will be January 5-7, 2016, at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel.

      "I would recommend that growers, consultants, and anyone with an interest in cotton to consider attending the Beltwide Cotton Conferences," Verett said. "Attendees certainly can gain a wealth of excellent information."


NCC Planting Survey Deadline is January 16

Friday, January 2, 2015     From the National Cotton Council

      All cotton producers are encouraged to respond to the NCC's annual survey of 2015 planting intentions, which was recently distributed to upland and extra-long staple cotton producers across the Cotton Belt. The current survey's questionnaire was distributed through a combination of regular mail and email with the intent of reaching all U.S. cotton farms.

      Growers who did not receive a questionnaire may contact the NCC via email at for 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 in early February. Survey results will be presented during the Joint Meeting of Program Committees on Saturday morning, Feb. 7. To enhance the survey's accuracy, producers are encouraged to respond by the Jan. 16 deadline.


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Upcoming Area Ag Conferences

      January 14 – Cotton Production & New Technologies Conference, Panhandle. Contact Jody Bradford, CEA-AG, (806) 537-3882.

      January 14 – Southeast Panhandle Ag Conference, Memphis – Contact Josh Brooks, CEA-AG, (806) 259-3015.

      January 15 – Hockley County Ag Conference, Levelland. Contact Wes Utley, CEA-AG, (806) 894-3159.

      January 15 – High Plains Irrigation Conference and Trade Show, North Exhibit Hall A, Amarillo Civic Center. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

      January 20 – Terry/Yoakum Crops Conference, Terry County Senior Citizens Center, Brownfield. Contact J.W. Wagner, CEA-AG, (806) 456-2263.

      January 21 – Caprock Crop Production Conference, Muncy. Contact Caitlin Jackson, CEA-AG, (806) 675-2347.

      January 21 – Texas Alliance for Water Conservation Water College, Bayer Museum of Agriculture, Lubbock. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

      January 22 – Southern Mesa Ag Conference, Lamesa. Contact Gary Roschetzky, CEA-AG, (806) 872-3444.

      January 26 – Marketing Outlook 2015, Spearman. Contact Kristy Slough, CEA-AG, (806) 878-4026.

      January 26 – Cotton Production Meeting, Spearman. Contact Kristy Slough, CEA-AG, (806) 878-4026.

      January 27 – Crop Budgeting/Irrigation Analyzer, Perryton. Contact Scott Strawn, CEA-AG, (806) 435-4501.

      January 27-28 – Red River Crops Conference, Fair Park Auditorium, 1000 Commerce St., Childress. Contact (940) 937-2351.

      A complete list of meetings is at