Rain, Snow Help Soil Moisture in Some Areas
Friday, January 30, 2015 By Mary Jane Buerkle
A small amount of harvesting and ginning activity continues on the Texas High Plains, and although it's not typical for cotton to still be in the field in this area while South Texas farmers are preparing to plant their 2015 crop, it's tough to complain too much about harvest delays from what so far has been a fairly wet winter.
Many producers are reporting good soil moisture at this point, and all West Texas Mesonet stations have recorded some precipitation during the month of January, with more in this week's forecast for the region. Some areas south of Lubbock received more than two inches in January. However, the United States Drought Monitor shows that most of the PCG service area still is in some stage of drought, ranging from abnormally dry to exceptional in some areas north of Lubbock and in north-central Texas and southwestern Oklahoma.
Some gins have completed operations for the 2014 crop, while others are waiting on the last few modules to be brought in. Cotton classing activity has slowed, with the Lubbock office processing 74,852 samples over the past week compared to more than 300,000 during peak weeks in December.
At press time, October and December futures were at around 62 cents, but the Thursday close was the highest since January 13. Net upland sales hit a marketing-year high this week, and shipment levels showed some strength.
The Texas Cotton Ginners Association's 108th Annual Meeting and Cotton Trade Show is scheduled for April 9 and 10 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
The trade show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 10. The show is a chance for ginners, employees, and customers to see the latest in ginning technology and to meet others in the industry to discuss important issues and the latest trends. It also is an opportunity for attendees to educate company directors, stockholders, and other key personnel on the role ginners play in the industry.
More information, including a complete schedule of events, hotel reservation form, meeting pre-registration and event forms is available on the TCGA website at http://www.tcga.org.
Upcoming Area Ag Conferences,
Farm Bill Meetings
February 2 – Farm Bill Meeting, 9 a.m.-noon, Forrest Park Building, 814 S. Houston, Lamesa.
February 4 – Hub of the Plains Ag Conference, 7:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Koko Palace, 5101 Avenue Q, Lubbock. Contact Mark Brown, CEA-AG, (806) 775-1680.
February 6 – Cotton Conference, Hereford. Contact Rick Auckerman, CEA-AG, (806) 364-3573.
February 6 – Farm Bill Meeting, 9 a.m.-noon, Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, Lubbock.
February 9 – Farm Bill Meeting, 9 a.m.-noon, County Extension Office, 200 W. Taylor, Morton.
February 11 – Corn Meeting, Perryton. Contact Scott Strawn, CEA-AG, (806) 435-4501.
February 20 – Wheat Management Options, Lipscomb. Contact J.R. Sprague, CEA-AG, (806) 862-4601.
February 25 – Sandyland Ag Conference, Seminole. Contact Terry Millican, CEA-AG, (432) 758-4006.
February 27 - Ornamental and Turf Conference, 9 a.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Amarillo Blvd., Amarillo. Contact Nathan Carr, CEA-AG, (806) 373-0713.
February 27 – Other than Cotton Meeting, Lamesa. Contact Gary Roschetzky, CEA-AG, (806) 872-3444.
March 4 – Gray County Ag Conference, Pampa. Contact Brandon McGinty, CEA-AG, (806) 669-8033.
March 5 – Sorghum Production Meeting, Morse. Contact Kristy Slough, CEA-AG, (806) 878-4026.
March 6 – Beef and Range Meeting, Lipscomb. Contact J.R. Sprague, CEA-AG, (806) 862-4601.
March 6 – Cover Crops Seminar, Lubbock. Contact Mark Brown, CEA-AG, (806) 775-1680.
March 11 – Pest Control Meeting, Castro County. Contact Nancy Andersen, CEA-AG, (806) 647-4115.
March 24 – Sorghum Meeting, Perryton. Contact Scott Strawn, CEA-AG, (806) 435-4501.
March 25 – Oldham County Field Day, Vega. Contact Austin Voyles, CEA-AG, (806) 267-2692.
March 30 – Pre-Plant Meeting, Lamesa. Contact Gary Roschetzky, CEA-AG, (806) 872-3444.
March 31 – Beef Cattle Nutrition Series, Wheeler. Contact Dale Dunlap, CEA-AG, (806) 826-5243.
A complete list of meetings is at http://bit.ly/cottonmeetings.