Cotton Game Week Features

Numerous Activities

Friday, August 7, 2015                         By Mary Jane Buerkle

Those in the cotton industry who want to see the Texas Tech Red Raiders take on the University of Texas-El Paso in the Celebrate Cotton game on Saturday, September 12, at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock have a special promotional code to purchase tickets to that game.

Be sure you have your game tickets by visiting and entering COTTON15, or calling the Texas Tech Ticket Office at (806) 742-TECH (8324) and asking for the Cotton Game special pricing.

Individual tickets start at just $35 each, and the game time is at 2 p.m. Season tickets also are still available for purchase.

PCG has proudly partnered with Texas Tech Athletics to establish this fun event that puts the High Plains cotton industry on a national stage. Cotton will be everywhere before and throughout the game, from displays around the stadium to promotion, special graphics and fun cotton facts during the game.

Special gameday T-shirts will be distributed (first-come, first-serve!) and cotton bales will line each entrance to the stadium, each with signage talking about what the cotton in that bale can make or how it impacts our economy.

An addition to the Cotton Game festivities for 2015 is a runway show featuring cotton products, scheduled for Thursday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. at South Plains Mall. The Texas Tech Retailing Association is assisting with coordinating the show. Models are still needed for this show; if you or someone you know would like to participate, please email!

Partners for Celebrate Cotton include AgTexas Farm Credit Services, Agri-Tech, Bayer CropScience, City Bank, Crop Production Services, Deltapine, Eco-Drip, Warren CAT, Hurst Farm Supply, and Wylie Implement and Spray Centers. Partnerships are still available; contact PCG for more information.

Several additional cotton-related activities are scheduled during Cotton Game week.

The Texas Cotton Association will host their Flow Meeting Thursday and Friday, September 10 and 11, at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center. They also will partner with the Lubbock Cotton Exchange and the Texas Independent Ginners Association to host a golf tournament on Thursday, September 10, at The Rawls Course.

The West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute Annual Conference will be Wednesday, September 9.

The Texas Ag Industries Association will host their Lubbock Regional Meeting on September 10.

For more information on any of these events, please call PCG at (806) 792-4904. Spread the word! Let's make this game a huge success for cotton!


QuickBooks Course Set For August 26

and 27 in Amarillo

Friday, August 7, 2015                      By Kay Ledbetter

      The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer the Panhandle District QuickBooks Pro Short Course on Aug. 26-27 in Amarillo.

      The training will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd. in Amarillo.

      DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Amarillo, said through the years, attendees have indicated they've seen about a $2,000 benefit per year from what they learned.

      QuickBooks Pro is a double-entry business accounting program often used by agricultural lenders and producers, Jones said. Participants will learn to enter transactions into the program and analyze costs and profits. No prior computer experience is necessary.

      Registration is $150 and includes computer use and teaching materials. Couples are encouraged to attend and will be charged only one registration fee if they share a computer.

      Class size is limited to 15 people to provide a hands-on experience for all participants. Those planning to attend should RSVP by Aug. 19. Payment is due upon arrival on the first day of the course.

      For more information or to register, contact Jones at (806) 677-5667 or


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Upcoming Area Field Days

      Lubbock-area growers, cotton consultants and Extension personnel are invited to the Dow AgroSciences Diamond Showcase featuring the Enlist Weed Control SystemTM. Grower and consultants tours will be offered Thursday, August 20, at 2 p.m., and Friday, August 21 at 9 a.m., at the Texas Tech New Deal Farm located about 6 miles east of New Deal, TX, on FM 1729. Those interested can register at For questions, contact Ken Lege' at 806-773-7310.

      Bayer CropScience and Deltapine both are finalizing their field day dates and we will have those in next week's Cotton News. We will continue to update this list as we receive information. If you have field day dates to share, please email or call (806) 792-4904.