2015 Seed Cost Calculator Now Available

Friday, March 13, 2015                             By Shawn Wade

      The 2015 version of the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. Seed Cost Calculator is ready and available for download from the PCG website at http://www.plainscotton.org.

      The PCG seed cost calculator is an interactive Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that allows producers to calculate an estimated cost per acre, for both seed and technology, based on published suggested retail prices. The calculator has become a popular tool among producers interested in comparing seed and technology prices as they work to finalize their cotton variety selections.

      The 2015 version of the spreadsheet includes listings for 90 conventional, Roundup Ready FLEX, XtendFlex, GlyTol, Bollgard II, TwinLink, and Widestrike varieties, including numerous stacked gene versions of these technologies that will be available for sale in West Texas in 2015.

 

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PCG Announces 58th Annual Meeting

Friday, March 13, 2015                     By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., will host their 58th Annual Meeting on Friday, April 10, in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

      PCG's Annual Meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and the program will start promptly at 9 a.m. The meeting is held in conjunction with the Texas Cotton Ginners' Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show, April 9 and 10 in Lubbock.

      Current PCG president Shawn Holladay, who farms near Lamesa, Texas, will preside over the meeting and PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett will report on the status of PCG operations and activities. An award recognizing the 2014 High Plains Cotton Agent of the Year also will be presented at the meeting.

      Dr. Gary Adams, President and CEO of the National Cotton Council, will update attendees on the various activities of the NCC. Berrye Worsham, President and CEO of Cotton Incorporated, will discuss current issues in cotton with regard to research and promotion. U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer also will address the group.

      A buffet breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Civic Center Banquet Hall, sponsored by Monsanto and Deltapine. Breakfast will be provided free to all PCG Annual Meeting participants. Immediately following the PCG Annual Meeting will be the annual FiberMax Cottonseed Luncheon for PCG Annual Meeting participants and members of the FiberMax "One Ton Club." Lunch will be served in the Civic Center Banquet Hall.

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

 

IMPORTANT FARM BILL DEADLINE

 

Tuesday, March 31

Deadline to update yield history or reallocate base acres

Deadline to choose Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC)

 

Cotton Incorporated to Host Price Risk

Management Seminar in Lubbock

Friday, March 13, 2015                       By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Cotton Incorporated, in cooperation with PCG, will host a Cotton Price Risk Management Seminar in Lubbock on Wednesday, April 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center, located at 2322 Mac Davis Lane.

     The seminar will address how to use market-based strategies to manage price risk for the 2015 crop season, as well as market outlook discussions. Topics of discussion for the seminars include: why options on cotton futures are critical to your business; what and how options can work for you; and how to use actionable hedging strategies based on various price scenarios.

      There is no fee to attend and lunch will be provided for all participants. Registration is recommended. Contact Lynda Keys at Cotton Incorporated by phone (919) 678-2269 or email lkeys@cottoninc.com. Space is limited so please register as soon as possible.

 

Upcoming Area Ag Conferences

      March 24 – Sorghum Meeting, Perryton. Contact Scott Strawn, CEA-AG, (806) 435-4501.

      March 26 – Sorghum Meeting, Dimmitt. Contact Nancy Andersen, CEA-AG, (806) 647-4115.

      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.

      April 1 – Lower Rolling Plains Ag Conference, Scurry County Coliseum, Snyder. Contact Greg Gruben, CEA-AG, (325) 573-5423.

      April 6 – Sorghum Meeting, Levelland. Contact Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Hockley County, (806) 894-3159

      April 7 – Beef Grid Marketing, Miami. Contact Michael Wilkes, CEA-AG, (806) 868-3191.

      April 10 – Beef Management & Brush Control, Canadian. Contact Andy Holloway, CEA-AG, (806) 323-9114.

      April 14 – Hale/Swisher Crops Conference, Plainview. Contact John Villalba, CEA-AG, (806) 995-3721.

      April 21 – Spring Ag Conference, Tulia. Contact John Villalba, CEA-AG, (806) 995-3721.

      April 23 – Forage Management Meeting, Post. Contact Greg Jones, CEA-AG, (806) 495-4400.

      A complete list of meetings is at http://bit.ly/cottonmeetings.

     

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"Full Speed Ahead" Is Theme of Texas Cotton

Ginners Association Trade Show in April

      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.

 

National Survey on Cover Crops Seeks

Farmer Participation

Thursday, February 26, 2015                           From SARE

      Farmers are invited to share their thoughts on cover crops—whether or not they use cover crops themselves—in a national survey, now in its third year of collecting valuable data on the increasingly popular management practice. The results, which will be released this summer, will help growers, researchers, agricultural advisors, ag retailers and policymakers more effectively address questions about cover crops and learn about best practices.

      The online survey at http://tinyurl.com/covercropsurvey takes a short time to complete. Farmers who complete the questionnaire are eligible for a drawing for one of two $100 Visa gift cards.

      The survey is being conducted by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and is sponsored by USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) and Corn+Soybean Digest.

      All farmers are invited to complete the survey, says Chad Watts, project manager for CTIC.

      "It doesn't matter if you've planted cover crops for 40 years or if you've never worked with them before," he notes. "We want to hear from farmers with all levels of interest and experience. It's just as important to understand what might be preventing a farmer from planting cover crops as it is to understand why another grower is so excited."

      Data from this year's survey will be compared to information from the two previous years in an effort to identify trends in cover crop practices or attitudes toward cover crops. Other questions will help conservation leaders zero in on details of cover crop practices. SARE, ASTA and scientists from Purdue University helped develop the questionnaire and will also help analyze the results. The editors of Corn+Soybean Digest are distributing the release to their subscribers, inviting a broad base of farmers to participate.

      Watts points out that the past two surveys have been extremely influential in helping shape research priorities, educational materials and even public policy related to cover crops. Last year, Jason Weller, chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), cited findings from the 2013 SARE/CTIC Cover Crop Survey in testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee.

      "Taking a few minutes to share your opinions about cover crops is a major contribution to the world of conservation agriculture, and it has a real impact on the future of cover crops," Watts says.

      All answers are anonymous; respondents will be directed to another website at the end of the survey to enter the $100 Visa gift card drawing.

 

COTTON USA Conducts Sales

Training in Thailand

Friday, March 13, 2015     From Cotton Council International

      COTTON USA held a sales training seminar with two home textile licensees in Thailand, Cannon and Linen House, to educate their salespeople about the benefits of cotton, U.S. cotton and the new COTTON USA logo and brand values. 

      Sales staff will pass on these selling points – including the purity, quality and responsiblity of U.S. cotton, as well as the fiber's unique strength and color retention ability – to consumers.

      More than 120 salespeople attended, and evaluation results show that attendees highly rated the information provided at the seminar.