Fourth Annual "Celebrate Cotton" Event

Highlights Region's Major Industry

Friday, September 18, 2015                   By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Cotton took a national stage on Saturday, September 12, as Texas Tech once again partnered with the Texas High Plains cotton industry for the fourth annual Celebrate Cotton game.

      Those attending or watching the game not only were treated to a 69-20 Red Raider win over the University of Texas-El Paso, but also enjoyed several cotton-themed elements that highlighted the relationship between Texas Tech and one of the region's largest economic drivers.

      More than 50 cotton bales were placed around the stadium, wrapped with banners that either had a logo or a fun fact about cotton. Farmers Cooperative Compress was instrumental in that effort.

      Earlier in the week, more than 70 models took the runway in cotton clothing at South Plains Mall at the inaugural Celebrate Cotton Runway Show, coordinated by faculty and students in the Texas Tech Retail Management Program and the Celebrate Cotton Committee. Retail partners included The Buckle, Dillard's, and Eddie Bauer.

      Additional events during the week included meetings of the West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute, Texas Ag Industries Association, and the Texas Cotton Association. The Lubbock Cotton Exchange, TCA and the Texas Independent Ginners Association also hosted a golf tournament.

      "This event continues to grow each year, and we especially were pleased with the success of our runway show," PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said. "It's important to take any and every opportunity to stress the importance of supporting the cotton industry, especially as consumers making purchasing decisions. We would like to thank Texas Tech Athletics and everyone who had a hand in the success of the entire Celebrate Cotton event, and there are many."

      Partners for Celebrate Cotton included 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.

      Photos of the week are available on PCG's Facebook page at




Beltwide Cotton Conferences Set for January

Friday, September 18, 2015     From the National Cotton Council

      Those planning to attend the 2016 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, set for January 5-7 at the New Orleans Marriott, can register and make hotel reservations beginning on September 21 at That site includes a schedule of events and general information.

      Registration costs before December 14 for the National Cotton Council-coordinated forum are: $175 for NCC/Cotton Foundation members, university and USDA researchers, Extension personnel, associations and consultants; $300 for non-NCC/Foundation members and $80 for students.

      On-site conference self-registration kiosks will be available 24 hours a day beginning on the evening of January 4. Beginning on the morning of January 5, NCC staff will be available for attendees needing assistance. CEUs will be offered.

      The 2016 Beltwide will begin at noon on January 5 with a half-day Cotton Consultants Conference session that will focus on new developments from industry, including discussions and reports on new varieties, chemistries and emerging technologies.

      The next day's Consultants Conference will begin in the morning with updates on weed management strategies. In addition, entomologists will provide updates on the latest research with regard to the neonicotinoid insecticides including 1) their impact on pollinators and 2) possible replacements for this very important class of chemistry should alternatives become necessary. This session will conclude with a joint session of the Agronomy and Physiology Conference and the Soil Management and Plant Nutrition Conference that will be open to all attendees. Included in that joint session will be an overview of the current status of unmanned aerial vehicles and how they may be effectively integrated into a precision agriculture program to improve production efficiency and profitability.

      The 11 cotton technical conferences, ranging from agronomy to weed science, will meet concurrently beginning on the morning of January 6 and conclude by noon on January 7.

      The Beltwide Cotton Conferences annually brings together those with a stake in a healthy U.S. cotton production sector, university and USDA researchers, Extension personnel/agents, consultants, and industry sales/support personnel.



Upcoming Area Field Days

      September 22 – Halfway Field Day, 823 West U.S. Highway 70, Plainview. Registration at 8:30 a.m., program at 9 a.m. Lunch served at noon. Three CEUs available. Questions: Jason Miller, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 806-291-5267.

      September 23 - Lynn County Ag Tour, 8 a.m. Registration at New Home Co-op Gin, followed by tours. Lunch served at noon. Questions: Matt Dorsett, NRCS, 806-998-4507, Ext. 3, or Chris Green, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 806-561-4562.

      September 30 – Bayer CropScience West Texas Cotton Production Field Day, CAP Plot, 1251 W. Loop 289 at East 12th, Lubbock. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Lunch to follow. 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.