August 31 is Early Registration Deadline

for WTACI Meeting

Friday, August 28, 2015                       By Mary Jane Buerkle

      The West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute will host their annual conference on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture, located at 1121 Canyon Lake Drive in Lubbock.

      This year represents the 63rd meeting of WTACI, an unincorporated organization of dealers, industry representatives, agricultural producers, scientists, educators, and agribusiness members who support education and research programs promoting safe and effective use of agricultural chemicals and protection and preservation of the area's natural resources.

      Topics to be discussed at the conference include pesticide application and laws and regulations, crop rotation and nutrient management strategies, weed resistance and insect resistance management, crop insurance, and much more. A detailed list of presentations and speakers can be found at

      Five CEUs for the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), and six CEUs for the Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) program will be available. CEUs for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) are pending.

      Pre-registration is available online at On-line registration fees are $75 for conference attendees and $300 for a booth and must be completed or postmarked by Monday, August 31. On-site registration will begin at 7 a.m. the day of the conference and will cost $95 for attendees and $325 for booth sponsors. Lunch will be provided as part of the registration fee.

      Opportunities also exist to contribute to the WTACI Scholarship Fund, which has provided more than $60,000 in scholarships to students majoring in agricultural fields at many Texas universities.

      Contact Ken Leg at 806-773-7310 or for questions about the program and CEU's.


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Saturday, September 12

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Celebrate Cotton Golf Tournament

Registration Deadline Approaching

Friday, August 28, 2015     From the Lubbock Cotton Exchange

      The Lubbock Cotton Exchange, along with the Texas Independent Ginners Association, the Texas Cotton Association, and Plains Cotton Growers are teaming up to host the 2015 Celebrate Cotton Golf Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 10.

      The tournament will be held at the Rawls Course at Texas Tech with lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m.  The entry fee is $100 per player and includes green fees, cart, driving range, hamburger lunch, drinks on the course, and prizes.  Deadline to enter is Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.  Please visit to register.  Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the TIGA Scholarship Fund.

      This is just one of many events scheduled for "Cotton Week" in Lubbock.  Plains Cotton Growers has partnered with Texas Tech Athletics to establish the Celebrate Cotton Game, which showcases the relationship between Texas Tech and the High Plains cotton industry.

      The culmination of the week will feature the Texas Tech Red Raiders as they host the University of Texas-El Paso on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m.  Special game day T-shirts will be distributed and cotton bales will line the entrance to the stadium, each with signage talking about what the cotton in that bale can make or how it impacts our economy.

      Members of the TCA and invited guests are encouraged to attend the West Texas Flow Meeting Reception Thursday evening after the golf tournament, followed by the Flow Meeting on Friday morning.  Both will be held at the Overton Hotel.

      Another item to the Cotton Week 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 Department of Retail Management is assisting with coordinating the show.


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CCI President Dahlen Hancock Updates

Directors at Mid-Year Board Meeting

Friday, August 28, 2015 From Cotton Council International

      Cotton Council International President Dahlen Hancock, a producer who has a farming operation located just south of Lubbock, Texas, updated directors on CCI's activities at the recent NCC Mid-Year Board Meeting in Charleston, S.C. He shared his firsthand impressions of Cotton Days in Asia and the Executive Delegation to Latin America, and explained that the work CCI is doing in U.S. cotton export markets translates into more demand for our product through the supply chain.

      "As a U.S. cotton producer who typically only sees the production end of the supply chain, I was amazed to participate in the astounding array of overseas promotional events for our fiber," Hancock said. "I had the opportunity to speak directly with the local industry and express my appreciation for their business and reinforce U.S. cotton's promise of excellent quality and responsibly produced fiber."

      Hancock said that the trips also gave him an opportunity to thank CCI's customers for their business, have discussions about what issues are important to them and address how the U.S. industry could better supply their needs. He mentioned the outlook for the upcoming crop, prices, sustainability, contamination and trade agreements as key issues for U.S. cotton exports. 

      He noted that as consumer demand and exports continue to be vital to maintain U.S. cotton's profitability (95% of the fiber grown in the U.S. is exported either as fiber or yarn) and the business success of U.S. cotton's partners, it's critical that CCI continues the high caliber of promotion and visibility for COTTON USA and cotton in general.

      "The cotton I grow in Texas could be spun into yarn in North Carolina, then shipped to China to be woven into fabric, and from there go to Vietnam to be made into a pair of jeans that is sold in London," Hancock said. "CCI is pushing and pulling that fiber every step of the way and will continue to develop innovative programs in support of U.S. cotton around the world."


Upcoming Area Field Days

      September 15 – All-Tex/Dyna-Gro Field Day, 9 a.m., 1921 West Avenue, Levelland. Lunch served at noon. Questions: Cody Poage, 806-894-4901.

      September 16 – Texas Alliance for Water Conservation Field Day, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Floyd County Unity Center in Muncy. Lunch served at noon. More information:

      September 30 – Bayer CropScience West Texas Field Day, location in the Lubbock area to be determined. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Questions: contact your local Bayer CropScience sales representative.

      October 6 – Americot Field Day, 9 a.m., Texas Tech Quaker Farm (Lubbock County North). Questions: Chiree Fields, 806-793-1431.

      October 7 – Americot Field Day, 9 a.m., Texas Tech Quaker Farm (Lubbock County South). Questions: Chiree Fields, 806-793-1431.

      October 7 – Deltapine Field Day, 10 a.m., Nichols Barn in Seminole. Questions: Eric Best, 806-790-4646.

      October 8 – Deltapine Field Day, Noon, Steve Chapman Farm near Lorenzo. Questions: Eric Best, 806-790-4646.


Southwest Cotton Producers Visit

Mid-South Cotton Operations

Friday, August 28, 2015     From the National Cotton Council

      Twelve cotton producers from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas saw cotton operations in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee on August 17-20 as part of the National Cotton Council's 2015 Producer Information Exchange program.

      Sponsored by Bayer CropScience through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the P.I.E. is now in its 27th year and has exposed more than 1,100 U.S. cotton producers to innovative production practices in Cotton Belt regions different than their own. Specifically, the program aims to help the cotton producer participants boost their farming efficiency by: 1) gaining new perspectives in such fundamental practices as land preparation, planting, fertilization, pest control, irrigation and harvesting; and 2) observing firsthand the unique ways in which their innovative peers are using current technology. The NCC's Member Services staff, in conjunction with local producer interest organizations, conducts the program, including participant selection.

      The Southwest participants were:  Kansas - Merle Rose, Haviland; Oklahoma - Tyler Oxford and Austin White, both of Frederick; and Texas - Charles Braden and Pat Pelzel, both of Garden City; Orlando Cadena, Alice; David Carter, Levelland; Terry Coker, Roby; Eric Englund, Slaton; Sutton Page, Avoca; Brady Weishuhn, Vancourt; and Ricky Yantis, Littlefield.

      Following an orientation, the group began their Mid-South activities in Tennessee on August 17 with a look at cotton trait introgression at Bayer CropScience's research facility in Memphis before touring Kelley Farms in Burlison, where they also were briefed on Tennessee cotton production and weed resistance management in the state.

      The group was in Arkansas the next two days. In Marianna, they visited McClendon Farms and toured the Lon Mann Research Station where they received an update on the University of Arkansas' cotton breeding program and a comparison of Mid-South and Southwest cotton production. They also toured the W.G. Huxtable Pumping Station where they were briefed on Delta flood management.

      On August 19, the participants learned about rice production during a tour of the White & Flye Farms in Weona; saw rice processing at the Windmill Rice Company in Jonesboro; and saw Bayer CropScience's variety trials at Wildy Farms in Manila before touring individual cotton farms in that area.

      The tour concluded on August 20 with a presentation on Mississippi River Commerce and a port tour by the Pemiscot Port Authority in Caruthersville, MO, before the group returned to northeast Arkansas for a look at cotton production in the Wilson area.

      In this season's other tours, Southeast producers saw operations in California on July 12-17; Mid-South producers traveled to Texas on July 26-31; and Far West producers visited Georgia on August 2-7.