Texas High Plains Cotton Crop Progresses;

Hurricane Harvey Threatens South Texas Crop

Friday, August 25, 2017                           By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Rainy weather over the past couple of weeks has been beneficial to much of the Texas High Plains cotton crop, especially during a time that usually tends to be more dry and hot.     However, very dry areas exist in the 41-county PCG service area, primarily to the south and southwest of Lubbock.

      On the Texas High Plains, cotton looks excellent in some areas. Statewide, the National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that 55 percent of the crop is in good or excellent condition.

      As of press time, Hurricane Harvey was moving toward the Texas coast as a Category 3 storm, threatening the South Texas cotton crop. The system is expected to stall in south and southeast Texas, with some forecast models suggesting up to 30 inches of rainfall.

      Cotton was trading up earlier this week, partly upon weather concerns, but dropped back to close on Friday at 68.15 on the December contract.




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Cotton Board Holds Annual Meeting,

Recommends Cotton Incorporated

Budget of $74 Million

Thursday, August 17, 2017                  From The Cotton Board

      During its Annual Meeting in Durham, North Carolina, The Cotton Board reviewed and voted to recommend Cotton Incorporated's proposed 2018 budget of $74 million to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The Cotton Board also elected Louisiana cotton producer George LaCour, Jr. as Chairman of the Board and elected an entire slate of new Officers for the 2017/2018 Program Year.

      The $74 million 2018 proposed budget represents an increase of $4 million compared with the 2017 budget. It is the first increase in Cotton Incorporated's annual budget since 2013. The Cotton Research and Promotion Plan for 2018 continues the strategic direction set by Cotton Incorporated in 2017 and includes a focus on four major initiatives that cross all departments of Cotton Incorporated:  1) Performance Cotton (the activewear market); 2) Sustainability; 3) Comparative Marketing; and 4) Message Amplification. The 2018 budget also contains initiatives focused on production costs and producer margins. The budget and plan, along with The Cotton Board's recommendation of approval, will be forwarded to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for final approval.

      During its Business Session, The Cotton Board elected new officers to guide the Program, including George LaCour, Jr. to serve as Chairman for the 2017/2018 Program year. LaCour is a cotton producer from Morganza, Louisiana. As General Manager of the farming partnership GNG Farms, LaCour has overseen production on over 5,000 acres in Pointe Coupee Parish for the last 30 years. In addition to cotton, his crops include corn, soybeans, wheat, sugar cane, pecans, crawfish and timber. He has served in leadership positions throughout the cotton industry and has been honored with various awards for his efforts in cotton production, ginning, and conservation.

      The full slate of newly elected Cotton Board officers is as follows: George LaCour Jr., Producer from Morganza, Louisiana, Chairman; Peter McGrath, Importer from Dallas, Texas, Vice Chairman; Jeff Posey, Producer from Roby, Texas, Secretary; and Jimmy Webb, Producer from Leary, Georgia, Treasurer.



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Upcoming Area Field Days

      August 29 – Randall County Ag Day and Crops Tour, 8:30 a.m. registration, program at 9 a.m., Kuhlman Extension Center, 200  North Brown Road, Canyon. Questions: Dr. J.D. Ragland, Randall County CEA-Ag/NR, (806) 995-3721.

      September 6 – Texas Alliance for Water Conservation Field Day, AgriSearch Farm near Plainview, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Site directions and more information available at http://www.tawc.us.

September 14 – PhytoGen/Enlist Field Tour, Shallowater Community Center, 1009 Avenue H. Registration 7:30 a.m., tour begins at 8 a.m. Lunch provided at conclusion of tour. Questions: Ken Legˇ, 806-773-7310, or your local PhytoGen sales rep.

      September 28 – Bayer CropScience West Texas Field Day, location in the Lubbock area to be determined. Questions: contact your local Bayer CropScience sales representative.

      October 3 – Swisher County Cotton Tour, 9 a.m., Kress. Questions: John Villalba, Swisher County CEA-Ag/NR, (806) 995-3721.

      If you have a field day to add to this list, please email maryjane@plainscotton.org or call (806) 792-4904.