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September 26, 2022

Plains Cotton Growers Inc. Visits Washington D.C.

Last week, Plains Cotton Growers Inc. arrived in Washington D.C. to visit with congressional members prior to fiscal year 2023 funding proceedings.

PCG chairman Brent Nelson, president Martin Stoerner and chief executive officer Kody Bessent communicated the importance of PCG’s funding priorities for its producers and the cotton industry overall. 

“We have many friends of the cotton industry and agriculture as a whole in Washington, and had some productive conversations concerning our advocacy efforts in regard to end-of-the-year spending opportunities.” 

PCG advocated for an extension of the Emergency Relief Program for the 2022 crop year. Nelson and Stoerner were able to highlight the catastrophic crop year for both Senators and Representatives as cotton producers in West Texas.

Additional priorities such as funding for the Boll Weevil Eradication Program, classing office upgrades and maintaining full funding for the USDA Market Access Program and the USDA Foreign Market Development Program were also mentioned. 

PCG also highlighted the need to encourage USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service to reinstate the ag level district estimates for cotton. While report language was included in Senate legislation for this, Bessent asked Representatives to consider it, too.

Another important issue PCG discussed with Congress members was the impact of this crop year on the cotton industry’s infrastructure. 

“We wanted our government officials to know that cotton gins, warehouses, oil mills, all infrastructure that supports the cotton industry, will also experience negative impacts from the crop conditions of 2022,” Bessent said.

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EPA Withdraws Glyphosate Interim Decision

On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its withdrawal of all remaining portions of the interim registration review decision for glyphosate. 

Pesticide products containing glyphosate continue to remain on the market, can be used according to the product label, and are unaffected by this action.

On June 17, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit imposed an Oct.1, 2022 deadline for EPA to issue a new ecological portion of the review decision. EPA sought relief from this deadline, according to their press release, but the court denied it on Aug. 5, 2022. 

Therefore, EPA has withdrawn its interim decision, claiming it is unable to finalize a new ecological portion in a registration review decision for glyphosate by the court-imposed deadline.

Industry experts say that EPA anticipates final registration for glyphosate in 2026. 

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Stopgap Funding Bill Process Begins

Last Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) took the first step toward considering stopgap funding legislation needed by September 30th to avoid a government shutdown. The House is ready to move straight to the bill this week once it comes over from the Senate. 

The current plan is for the Senate to vote Tuesday night. 

The continuing resolution (CR) would fund the government through mid-December when an omnibus appropriations bill may be approved or another short-term CR will bring us into the new year. The election outcome will likely influence which road Congress takes to conclude the fiscal year 2023 funding process. 

Reprinted from the Southwest Council of Agribusiness newsletter.

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Lucas to Introduce ‘Protect Farmers from the SEC Act’

Earlier in the spring, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) introduced the Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors.

This week, Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) plans to introduce opposing legislation.

If adopted, the rule would require registrants to provide certain climate-related information in their registration statements and annual reports — including disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions in audited financial statements. While farmers are not currently “registrants” or subject in any way to the jurisdiction and oversight of the SEC, the proposed rule could change that. 

In letters and comments submitted to the SEC, U.S. House Republicans and myriad agricultural groups argued this burdensome legislation would be detrimental to small and mid-sized farms, who lack the resources and means to document all the necessary disclosure information. Additionally, agricultural stakeholders stated the additional cost of time and money would further hinder the ability of farmers to compete in global markets.

Lucas’ proposed bill, “Protect Farmers from the SEC Act,” would prohibit the SEC from requiring disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions from upstream and downstream activities arising from a farm. According to FarmWeek Now, the bill also defines what constitutes a farm, agricultural or horticultural commodities, upstream and downstream activities, and greenhouse gases —and removes the SEC’s exempt authority.

According to Agri-Pulse, “The bill has no chance of passing this year, but it would keep attention on the issue, while signaling that the SEC rule would be a high priority for Republicans if they win control of the House in November. 

“Ultimately, the person in the field or the pasture is going to be the goal in this (SEC legislation) and that’s why we can’t have it,” Lucas told Agri-Pulse. 

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September 16, 2022

USDA-AMS Partners with Texas Tech University for New Cotton Classing Facility

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) held its grand opening of the Lubbock Cotton Classification Complex on Sept. 14, 2022. 

The 30,000-square-foot facility is located on the Texas Tech University (TTU) campus, where TTU students will have the opportunity to learn about grading and classing cotton samples, along with taking advantage of employment opportunities. 

This is the first cotton classing facility to be located on the campus of a higher education institution. 

“Texas Tech is a world leader in cotton research, and this facility provides many opportunities for our faculty and students to advance the work that is of critical importance to this region,” said TTU President Lawrence Schovanec. “We are proud to partner with the United States Department of Agriculture on this historic cotton classing facility, which will positively impact the cotton industry in West Texas and beyond.”

The lobby of the Lubbock Classification Complex is full of old artifacts to celebrate the rich history and future of cotton classing.

According to Bruce Summers, administrator for USDA-AMS, the partnership will serve the U.S. cotton industry by grading roughly 20% of the cotton produced in this region.

The groundbreaking for the facility was in 2019 with construction starting at the height of the global COVID-19 pandemic; however, the dream began more than five years before that.

“This grand opening culminates a long journey of planning, contracting and construction of the most modernized facility in the program’s fleet,” said Darryl Earnest, deputy administrator of the USDA-AMS Cotton and Tobacco Program. “It’s taken almost 9 years to get to this point and, while I didn’t foresee it taking almost a quarter of my career, I’m so proud of the end product.” 

The new classing office in Lubbock is fully operable and will begin classing samples starting this season.  

Visit the Plains Cotton Growers Instagram page to see the Grand Opening story highlight.

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Rail Strike Averted?

The White House has reached a tentative agreement to avert a national rail strike. 

A Department of Labor official confirmed that a deal was reached early Thursday morning after 20 consecutive hours of negotiations between rail companies and union negotiators.

The details of the tentative agreement reached have not been shared and could still be voted down by members who need to ratify the agreement to settle the matter.

-Jim Wiesemeyer

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Texas Crop Acreage Certification Released

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the most recent crop acreage certification data (578 data) on Monday, September 12th.

Texas estimates — combining irrigated and dryland — currently stand at 7.7 million acres planted and 3.0 million acres failed to date. Total acres failed is at roughly 39%, which is slightly up from last month’s report at 37%. Irrigated and dryland combined certified acres for the Plains Cotton Growers region came in at 4.6 million with 2.6 million failed. The percentage of total acres failed is 57% — also slightly up from last month’s report at 55%. 

According to the recent report, 65% of irrigated acres and 29% of dryland acres in the PCG region remain harvestable. 

These numbers are likely to change significantly in the October report as the USDA Farm Service Agency begins accounting for September crop insurance adjustments, which will include boll counts. 

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Export Sales Data Released

The much-anticipated U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Services Export Sales Report was released after a month-long hiatus. 

Three reports were released this week: a combination of August 18 and 25, September 1, and September 8. The last report issued was on August 11 and, from the four weeks of missed reports, total sales rose around 589,000 bales. 

For the week ending September 8, net sales of 100,300 Upland bales and shipments of 141,000 bales were reported. The biggest buyer this week was Pakistan, who booked 77,900 bales. 

This proves what experts have projected: Pakistan’s production has decreased substantially and there is a need to meet demand within the country. Net sales of Pima came in at 1,000 bales with 1,300 bales getting shipped over the week.  

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September 9, 2022

First High Plains Bale Harvested for 2022 Growing Season

From Left to Right: Mike Foster, Five Points Gin manager, Justina Enns, Corny Enns, Gaines County producer and Kurt Brown, Seminole Chamber of Commerce.

The first bale for 2022 was delivered to Five Points Gin in Gaines County Sept. 6, 2022, by Corny and Justina Enns.

Harvested northwest of Seminole, the Enns brought in 2,880 pounds of seed cotton produced from Deltapine 1646. 

“I wasn’t planning on competing for the first bale or anything,” said Corny Enns, farmer in Gaines County since 1987. 

As he was driving by one of his fields, Enns saw some bolls opening. “I decided to call down to Five Points and see if anyone had brought anything in yet. They said no so I sprayed about 15 acres and ended up stripping 12.” 

The first bale will be auctioned off by the pound at the annual Gaines County Ag & Oil Appreciation Day hosted by the Seminole Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, September 15. 

The seven gins in Gaines County each put in $1,000 for the first bale, so the grower is guaranteed $7,000 in prize money in addition to the money brought in from the auction.

“It’s been such a strange year, we weren’t sure anyone would try to make the first bale,” said Mike Foster, manager of Five Points Gin. “I’m proud for the Enns family who have been my customers since 2010.” 

Congratulations to Corny and Justina Enns!

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RSVP to Grand Opening of Lubbock Classing Office

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service Cotton & Tobacco Program will host a grand opening for the Lubbock Cotton Classification Complex September 14 starting at 10 a.m. 

Please RSVP for the event by emailing the Lubbock classing office.

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West Plains Crop Report

By Kerry Siders, IPM agent for Cochran, Hockley and Lamb Counties

Cotton ranges from just emerged dryland corners, which received these recent rains, to having 6 nodes above cracked boll. 

I have not seen any concerning insect pests this last week. I will be keeping an eye out for cotton aphids, which I am not finding, for the next few weeks.

 All irrigation is off as far as I know. Depending on what the weather holds over the next two weeks, I am not anticipating anyone turning water back on.

Just remember that a cotton boll can take moderate stress when it is 20 days old. Moderate stress is when the plant wilts in the heat of the day, but fully recovers after sundown. So, if we set the last harvestable boll around August 12th, that boll is 21 days old today. 

When bolls are 45 days old, the plant can go into permanent wilt and not impact the quantity or quality of the bolls. 

Therefore, we want to keep moisture available to the plant through approximately September 26. The cotton plant is still using nearly 0.2 inches of water per day for a few more days — it then steadily drops over the next three to four weeks. 

If you received a 2-inch rain during the last rain event, cotton will keep fresh for roughly 12 days. There was probably three to five days of moisture present in the soil from previous rain or irrigation. Odds are, between now and the 26th of this month, we could receive some additional moisture. Most likely we will be covered on our water needs for cotton.

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U.S. Crop Progress Report

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Crop Progress Report for the week ending September 4th reports boll set in 97% of the U.S. crop — slightly higher above the 5-year average.

Open bolls are now reported in 39% of the nation’s cotton acres — up 11 percentage points in the past week and seven points ahead of the 5-year average.

No significant changes in crop condition in the past week: 35% good/excellent, 34% fair and 31% poor/very poor. 

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September 2, 2022

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Legislative Update

Representative Thompson Blasts Proposed Ag Cuts

The top Republican on the House Agriculture Committee is making clear he wants nothing to do with some proposals by fellow conservatives to slash farm bill programs.

“I don’t appreciate it, I think it’s bad messaging,” Representative GT Thompson (R-PA) said yesterday at the Farm Program Show in Boone, Iowa. “If any of those policies would be implemented by any administration in either party, it would crush rural America.”

A proposed budget released by members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) calls for eliminating the farm bill’s “duplicative” Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage programs to save $42.7 billion over 10 years. The plan also proposes cutting crop insurance premiums in half and eliminating the federal reimbursement to crop insurance companies for administrative expenses.

Thompson, who will likely become chairman of House Ag if Republicans win control of the chamber in November, said he plans to begin hearings on a new farm bill early in the new year. He did not give a timeline for acting on the bill, but he said he wants funding allocations from the House Budget Committee by June or July.

The article above was reprinted with permission from Agri-Pulse. For more information go to

Senator Discusses Agricultural Issues with Local Commodity Groups

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) came to the FiberMax Center for Discovery in Lubbock on August 30th to participate in an agricultural roundtable discussion with commodity groups in the area.

Plains Cotton Growers Inc. Chief Executive Officer Kody Bessent facilitated the discussion, which included a question-and-answer period with industry representatives.

“It’s good to be with you,” Cruz said in his opening remarks. “I know this has been a tough time in West Texas. This drought is hurting farmers across the state. I know crop yields are down significantly and people are hurting. I appreciate the resilience of farmers and ranchers.”

Cruz added that discussions about the upcoming Farm Bill would gain momentum after November elections. He went on to say his team will aggressively advocate for farmers in Texas — making sure the items in the Farm Bill reflect the needs in this state.

Questions came from around the room as industry reps highlighted the need for Farm Bill baseline funding, 2022 disaster assistance, an overhaul of the H-2A Visa Program for Temporary Workers and overall labor challenges.

“I think November is going to be a very good election that gives us the majority in the House and possibly the Senate,” Cruz responded. “I am on the road campaigning for both House and Senate and will do a bus tour for the entire month of October visiting in contested Congressional races across the country to help flip Congress. I’m doing this because the policies coming out of Washington D.C. are devastating to the state of Texas. All of these issues we’ve discussed today are huge issues and flipping Congress would definitely be in Texas’ favor.”

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Harvest Decision Tool Now Available

Will Keeling, extension risk management specialist in Lubbock, Texas, developed a cost estimation spreadsheet to help producers make harvest decisions.

It’s estimated that the low supply of cotton worldwide could further increase market prices in October. Therefore, experts advise against hasty decisions on cotton with potentially low yields. 


To download the spreadsheet, click on the image above.

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Lubbock Cotton Classification Complex Grand Opening

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) invites cotton industry stakeholders, trade associations and all who are interested to attend the official grand opening of the new Lubbock Cotton Classification Complex in Lubbock, Texas, on Wednesday, September 14th at 10 a.m.

“This opening culminates a long journey of nine years to plan, contract, construct and implement this new state-of-the-art facility,” said Darryl Earnest, deputy administrator of the USDA-AMS Cotton and Tobacco Program.

At an early tour given to Plains Cotton Growers Inc. in May, Earnest said everything in the new facility was designed with conservation in mind. Recyclable materials were used throughout the building and a one-of-a-kind HVAC system was engineered and installed to optimize the building’s energy efficiency.

Many of the systems in the 30,000-square-foot facility are fully automated, making the complex the most advanced classing facility in the U.S.

“I got a sneak peek, and it is an impressive facility,” National Cotton Council CEO/President Gary Adams told Farm Press. “It is a real testament to USDA in terms of the cotton program, how they’re working to be as efficient as possible — and as timely as possible in classing the crop through new technology.”

According to Farm Press, Earnest added that USDA’s 10 labs, located across the Cotton Belt, classed 17.1 million cotton samples in 2021. Lubbock’s previous lab classed 3.4 million samples. The new facility, located on the Texas Tech University campus, is equipped to process 50,000 to 60,000 samples per day. Earnest says he hopes to class more, and “make it perform at the level that we designed it for.”

“We’re excited to show everyone this new facility in Lubbock,” Earnest added. “This area serves as the largest concentrated region of cotton production in the U.S., which is a vital part of the cotton industry in general, but also a key source of annually exported cotton. The cotton from the High Plains is highly sought after from many importers in other countries and we are excited to begin classing it in the new facility this season.”

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FAS Export Sales Reporting Update

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) attempted to launch a new export sales reporting and maintenance system on Aug. 25, 2022; however, the system was taken offline due to unforeseen challenges affecting the physical dissemination and quality of the data.

To answer questions regarding the system’s shortcomings and the future of data distribution, USDA-FAS administrator Daniel Whitley stated Wednesday that FAS would be reverting temporarily to the old system while working to resolve issues with the new system.

He went on to say that FAS would not publish weekly export sales yesterday or next Thursday, September 8th. Regular reporting will resume September 15th.

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August 26, 2022

High Plains Crop Report

Should producers spray for insects?

Cotton bolls that have accumulated at least 350 heat units are considered safe from damage by worms or Lygus. Bolls are safe from stink bugs once they have reached 450 heat units. Most of the area heat unit accumulation since August 1st is near the 450 heat unit threshold, according to Kerry Siders, Integrated Pest Management extension agent for Cochran, Hockley and Lamb Counties, which means they are likely safe from a late flush of these pests. The same is true for bolls set after August 1st — once they reach these heat unit benchmarks.

“I’m not saying that everybody’s out of the woods in terms of insects, because there is a fair amount of insect pressure out there in all crops,” said Kerry Siders, Integrated Pest Management extension agent for Cochran, Hockley and Lamb Counties. “However, be very careful of suggesting to someone to treat, because, even if there is damage, it may not justify the expense to treat.”

“There are many Lygus bugs out there,” added Megha Parajulee, Ph.D., professor in the Texas A&M University Department of Entomology. “However, that’s just because they’re reproducing quickly and in great number during this time of the season. That doesn’t mean they’re damaging cotton plants, even though you may see many of them when you scout.”

One exception to this argument is the presence of cotton aphids. If late aphids are in your field, it might be worth looking into treatment options.

How much weed pressure is out there?

The rains that hit southern portions of the High Plains earlier this week have caused some regrowth in cotton plants. Siders pointed out last week that many fields don’t have a sufficient boll load to keep regrowth in check, which will negatively impact what little yield those fields were going to bring in before the rain. Several areas received downpours — Afton, Texas, received 8 inches of rain in less than 24 hours — while other areas received little. Lubbock, Texas, had received less than an inch as of 7 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022.

The rains also increased weed pressure. “Most of the weed pressure we’ve seen won’t amount to a whole lot for this year’s crop, but it does represent a fair amount of weed seed that will spread,” Siders said. “Even a little pigweed plant can have several hundred weed seed on it, so it does represent a problem.”

Siders added this is the perfect time to start sampling your soil for nematodes. For years now, 80% of the fields in Siders’ territory have had nematodes. Even if it’s a fallow field, it’s still worth sampling, he added. Nematode samples collected prior to harvest may give the best estimate of nematode populations, so now is the time to do it.

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Tool for Harvest Decisions Coming Soon

One of the most common questions asked this year is, “Should I harvest low yielding cotton?” Will Keeling, extension risk management specialist in Lubbock, Texas, is putting together a spreadsheet to help producers as they make decisions for harvest. It’s estimated that the low supply of cotton worldwide could further increase market prices in October; therefore, experts advise against making hasty decisions. The spreadsheet will become available within the next two weeks.

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FSA Certified Acreage Report Released

The August certified acreage report was released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Aug. 22, 2022.

Plains Cotton Growers Inc. Director of Policy Analysis and Research Shawn Wade put together a summary of the initial report from USDA FSA of Upland Cotton certified acreage for the 2022 growing season showing Texas and High Plains totals.

The data is still subject to revision as additional acreage is processed and reported to FSA. It is very likely that some portion of the acres that have already been released by the federal crop insurance program have not yet been fully reported to FSA since claims are still open. It is expected that additional failed acres will be reported to FSA in the coming weeks.

“We also expect to see additional acres evaluated/appraised by crop insurance after we get to September 15th and the appraisal process switches from the stand count process to a boll count procedure” Wade added.

The abandonment percentage is calculated by dividing the failed acre total by total planted acres.

To download chart, click image above.


To download chart, click image above.

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August 19, 2022

How Does the Inflation Reduction Act Affect the Producer?

The Senate and House passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which was signed into law by President Joe Biden on August 16, 2022.

While it is a very robust piece of legislation, the two main questions we continue to receive are:

  1. Is there any relief for agriculture in the legislation?
  2. What if any are the tax implications on myself/family or my operation going forward?

Below is a summary of some of the key ag related provisions per Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports along with some of the tax provisions that we continue to review and digest with other coalitions. We will circle back with updates and corrections as they become available.

Right now, there are very limited agriculture provisions that producers will be able to capture other than conservation programs, which is determined by the direction of the individual operation. It is our understanding that there should be minimal tax implications to production agriculture subject to further review of the bill and how IRS interprets the Act through rule making provisions.

Agricultural Conservation

The Inflation Reduction Act provides $19.5 billion for agricultural conservation. It adds over $18 billion in additional funding for existing farm bill conservation programs, including:

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP; $8.45 billion)
  • Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP; $4.95 billion)
  • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP; $3.25 billion)
  • Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP; $1.40 billion).

These programs provide financial and technical assistance to private landowners to voluntarily implement conservation practices on agricultural land. Program funds will be directed to climate-change-related goals and will prioritize mitigation activities.

Agricultural Credit

The Inflation Reduction Act provides debt relief for distressed farm borrowers and assistance for underserved farmers and ranchers. These provisions would replace similar provisions from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that were blocked by the courts because the relief was found to be race-based and not narrowly tailored to meet a compelling state interest. It would use budgetary offsets of about $6 billion that would be rescinded or repurposed from the ARPA funding.

The new debt relief program provides $3.1 billion for debt modifications, including debt forgiveness, for “distressed borrowers” of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency direct or guaranteed farm loans “whose agricultural operations are at financial risk.” USDA is expected to develop the criteria for eligibility once the legislation is enacted.

The bill also includes nearly $2.9 billion to help underserved farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners, defined to include those living in high poverty areas, veterans, limited resource producers, and beginning farmers and ranchers.

Most of this assistance ($2.2 billion) is designated for those who experienced discrimination before 2021 in USDA farm lending programs. Individual payments for discrimination would be limited to $500,000 and are to be administered by nongovernmental entities selected and overseen by USDA.

The bill also provides:

  • $125 million for technical assistance, outreach, and mediation.
  • $250 million for land loss assistance, such as heirs’ property and fractionated land.
  • $250 million for agricultural education emphasizing scholarships and career development at historically Black, tribal, and Hispanic colleges.
  • $10 million for equity commissions at USDA.

Corporate Tax Reform

The Inflation Reduction Act implements a provision that would impose a new alternative minimum tax of 15% on corporations based on financial income.

It would apply to corporations with $1 billion or more in average annual earnings in the previous three years.

In the case of U.S. corporations that have foreign parents, it would apply only to income earned in the United States of $100 million or more of average annual earnings in the previous three years (and apply when the international financial reporting group has income of $1 billion or more). It would apply to a new corporation in existence for less than three years based on the earnings in the years of existence.

The provision would exclude:

  • Subchapter S corporations
  • Regulated investment companies (RICs)
  • Real estate investment trusts (REITs).

The tax would apply to large private equity firms organized as partnerships but excludes portfolio companies owned by these firms.

Firms that file consolidated returns would include income allocable to the firm from related firms including controlled foreign corporations (and any disregarded entities). For other related firms, dividends would be included. The provision would allow special deductions for cooperatives and Alaska Native Corporations. It would make adjustments to conform financial accounting to tax accounting for certain defined benefit pension plans. It would apply with respect to items under the unrelated business income tax for tax-exempt entities.

Financial income would be adjusted to allow depreciation deductions based on tax rules. It would also be adjusted to allow recovery of wireless spectrum rights as allowed under tax rules (recovered over 15 years).

The additional tax would equal the amount of the minimum tax in excess of the regular income tax plus the additional tax from the Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse tax. Income would be increased by federal and foreign income taxes to place income on a pretax basis.

Losses would be allowed in the same manner as with the regular tax, with loss carryovers limited to 80% of taxable income.

Domestic credits under the general business tax (such as the R&D credit) would be allowed to offset up to 75% of the combined regular and minimum tax. Foreign tax credits would be allowed based on the allowance for foreign taxes paid in a corporation’s financial statement.

A credit for additional minimum tax could be carried over to future years to offset regular tax when that tax is higher. This tax would apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2022.

Extension of Limitation on Excess Business Losses of Noncorporate Taxpayers

The Inflation Reduction Act extends the limitation on excess business losses of noncorporate taxpayers. Businesses are generally permitted to carry over a net operating loss (NOL) to certain past and future years.

Under the passive loss rules, individuals and certain other taxpayers are limited in their ability to claim deductions and credits from passive trade and business activities, although unused deductions and credits may generally be carried forward to the next year. Similarly, certain farm losses may not be deducted in the current year but can be carried forward to the next year.

For taxpayers other than C corporations, a deduction in the current year for excess business losses is temporarily disallowed (through 2026) and such losses are treated as a NOL carryover to the following year.

An excess business loss is the amount that a taxpayer’s aggregate deductions attributable to trades and businesses exceed the sum of:

  1. Aggregate gross income or gain attributable to such activities.
  2. $250,000 ($500,000 if married filing jointly), adjusted for inflation.

For partnerships and S corporations, this provision was applied at the partner or shareholder level. This provision would extend the temporary limitation through 2028.

IRS Enforcement Provisions

The Inflation Reduction Act provides the IRS $45.6 billion for tax enforcement activities such as hiring more enforcement agents, providing legal support, and investing in “investigative technology.”

The funds could also be used to monitor and enforce taxes on digital assets such as cryptocurrency. The recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act required cryptocurrency brokers to report more information on their clients’ trading activity to the IRS starting in 2023.

IRS Operations Support

For operations support under the IRA, $25.3 billion was appropriated to the IRS. This funding would cover routine costs such as rent, facilities, printing, postage and security, as well as telecom and information technology. These funds could also go toward research and the IRS Oversight Board, which oversees and guides the IRS.

Taxpayer Services

The Inflation Reduction Act appropriates $3.2 billion for taxpayer services such as filing and account services, prefiling assistance and education. The IRS has struggled to provide quality service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number of unprocessed tax returns at the end of the filing season rose from 7.4 million in 2019 to 35.8 million in 2021 and 13.3 million in 2022. Phone service also suffered. Whereas IRS customer service representatives answered 59% of phone calls they received in 2019, they answered 19% and 18% in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

In addition, the IRS receives $15 million under this bill to fund a task force that would study the cost and feasibility of creating a free direct e-file program. The agency previously committed not to create its own tax filing software as part of an alliance called the Free File Program.

In exchange, private tax filing software companies agreed to provide free services to low- and moderate-income taxpayers. Roughly 4% of eligible taxpayers used the Free File Program’s private providers to file their taxes in 2020.

Business System Modernization

The IRS also receives $4.8 billion for its Business Systems Modernization project under this bill. In 2019, the IRS released a plan to upgrade the business systems it uses to administer taxpayer services, operations, and cybersecurity. These additional funds could be invested in customer service technology such as automated callback systems for phone lines, but not used to operate legacy systems.


  • Congressional Research Service Reports: IN11978 Inflation Reduction Act: Agriculture Conservation and Credit, Renewable Energy, and Forestry
  • R47202 Tax Provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
  • IN11977 IRS-Related Funding in the Inflation Reduction Act
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ERP Phase 1B Applications Mailed Out

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced another installment (phase) in assistance to commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021. More than 18,000 producers will soon receive new or updated pre-filled disaster applications to offset eligible crop losses. Approximately $6.4 billion has already been distributed to 261,017 producers through USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Emergency Relief Program (ERP).

“We knew when we announced ERP in May that we would have additional applications to send toward the end of the summer as we received new information, and we came to know of producers who were inadvertently left out of the first data set we used,” said USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie. “I am proud of our team’s continued effort to capture additional insurance records to enable over 18,000 producers to receive new or updated pre-filled disaster applications to provide much needed financial relief.”

FSA will begin mailing pre-filled applications in late August to producers who have potentially eligible losses and:

  • Received crop insurance indemnities for qualifying 2020 and 2021 disaster events after May 2, 2022.
  • Received crop insurance indemnities associated with Nursery, Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX), Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) and Margin Protection (MP) policies.
  • New primary policyholders not included in the initial insured producer Phase 1 mailing from May 25, 2022, because their claim records had not been filled.
  • Certain 2020 prevent plant losses related to qualifying 2020 disaster events that had only been recorded in crop insurance records as related to 2019 adverse weather events and, as such, were not previously provided in applications sent earlier this year.
  • New Substantial Beneficial Interest (SBI) records, including SBIs where tax identification numbers were corrected.

Producers are expected to receive assistance direct deposited into their bank account within three business days after they sign and return the pre-filled application to the FSA county office and the county office enters the application into the system.

Before applying any program payment factors or eligibility criteria, it is estimated that this next installment (phase) may generate about $756 million in assistance.

Emergency Relief Payments to Date

This emergency relief under ERP complements ERP assistance recently provided to more than 167,000 producers who had received crop insurance indemnities and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) payments for qualifying losses. USDA has processed more than 255,000 applications for ERP, and to date, has made approximately $6.4 billion in payments to commodity and specialty crop producers to help offset eligible losses from qualifying 2020 and 2021 natural disasters. Also, earlier this year, staff processed more than 100,000 payments through the Emergency Livestock Relief Program (ELRP) and paid eligible producers more than $601.3 million for 2021 grazing losses within days of the program announcement.

Phase Two

The second phase of both ERP and ELRP will be aimed at filling gaps and provide assistance to producers who did not participate in or receive payments through the existing risk management programs that are being leveraged for phase one implementation. USDA will keep producers and stakeholders informed as program details are made available.

More Information

In addition, on Aug. 18, 2022, USDA published a technical correction to the Notice of Funds Availability for ERP and ELRP to clarify how income from the sale of farm equipment and the provision of production inputs and services to farmers, ranchers, foresters, and farm operations are to be considered in the calculation of average adjusted gross farm income.  Producers whose average adjusted gross farm income is at least 75% of the producer’s the average Adjusted Gross Income can gain access to a higher payment limitation.

ERP and the previously announced ELRP are authorized by the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act, which President Biden signed into law in 2021. The law provided $10 billion to help agricultural producers impacted by wildfires, droughts, hurricanes, winter storms and other eligible disasters experienced during calendar years 2020 and 2021.

For more information on ERP and ELRP eligibility, program provisions for historically underserved producers as well as Frequently Asked Questions, producers can visit FSA’s Emergency Relief webpage. Anew public-facing dashboard on the ERP webpage has information on ERP payments that can be sorted by crop type – specialty or non-specialty– specific commodities and state. FSA will update the dashboard every Monday.

Additional USDA disaster assistance information can be found on, including the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster-at-a-Glance fact sheet and Farm Loan Discovery Tool. For FSA and Natural Resources Conservation Service programs, producers should contact their local USDA Service Center. For assistance with a crop insurance claim, producers and landowners should contact their crop insurance agent.

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August 12, 2022

Weekly Cotton Market Review Provided by USDA-AMS

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Cotton and Tobacco Program, spot quotations were 376 points higher than the previous week.

Quotations for the base quality of cotton (color 41, leaf 4, staple 34, mike 35-36 and 43-49, strength 27.0-28.9, and uniformity 81.0-81.9) in the seven designated markets averaged 109.36 cents per pound for the week ending Thursday, August 11, 2022.

The weekly average was up from 105.60 cents last week and from 88.35 cents reported the corresponding period a year ago.

Daily average quotations ranged from a low of 105.94 cents Monday, August 8 to a season high of 114.80 cents Thursday, August 11. Spot transactions reported in the Daily Spot Cotton Quotations for the week ended August 11 totaled 1,763 bales. This compares to 311 bales reported last week and 1,389 spot transactions reported the corresponding week a year ago.

Total spot transactions for the season were 2,074 bales compared to 3,690 bales the corresponding week a year ago. The ICE October settlement price ended the week at 110.44 cents, compared to 100.12 cents last week.

Textile Mills
Domestic mill buyers inquired for a moderate volume of 2022-crop cotton, color 41, leaf 4, and staple 34 and longer for first quarter through fourth quarter 2023 delivery. No sales were reported. Yarn demand remained good, but mills operated at capacity as allowed by available labor. Mills continued to produce personal protective equipment for frontline workers and consumers.

Demand through export channels was good. Agents throughout the Far East inquired for any discounted styles of cotton.

Trading: West Texas
Spot cotton trading was inactive. Supplies and producer offerings were light. Demand was light. Average local spot prices were higher. Producer interest in forward contracting was light. Trading of CCC-loan equities was inactive. Foreign mill inquiries were light. Logistics continued to be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Widespread thundershowers brought up to two and one-half inches of beneficial rainfall. Daytime high temperatures were in the upper 80s to mid-100s. Moderate to heavy rainfall was hit or miss throughout the territory over a period of three days. Some fields in the Panhandle had standing water between the rows. The additional rain helped stands that were blooming and at peak water use. The precipitation came too late for many fields that had reached cut-out. Groundwater supplies remain short, and more moisture is needed to improve water table levels. Yields were expected to be below average. Gin personnel conducted maintenance and repairs on ginning equipment ahead of harvest.

Read the full report here.

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In Case You Haven’t Shut the Water Off…

Kerry Siders, extension agent, integrated pest management, in Cochran, Hockley and Lamb Counties, is concerned that some producers may have a tendency to step up the irrigation toward the end of the growing season or that we may get some late rains.

“We have a lot of cotton that doesn’t have the fruit load to handle that kind of water and it will take back off growing again,” he said. “If that happens, there’s not a thing you can do to stop it. There’s not enough plant growth regulator in the world to stop it, so all it will do is detract from the yield that’s already set in place and hurt the quality of what little cotton we have.

If you’re still irrigating, I would caution you to be careful and always keep an eye on the weather down the road as far as you can, because what little cotton we do have can be undone very quickly. So from an agronomic standpoint, do not pour the coals to it, so-to-speak. It is too late to fertilize, it is too late to compensate with water. Tread lightly.”

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NASS and WASDE Reports Released Today

The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released a crop production report today, saying U.S. cotton production is forecast at 12.6 million 480-pound bales, down 28% from 2021. According to the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, this is the lowest production forecast since 2009/2010 — the crop reduced by projected historically high abandonment in the Southwest.

Based on conditions — as of August 1, 2022 — yields are expected to average 846 pounds per harvested acre, up 27 pounds from 2021. Upland cotton production is forecast at 12.2 million bales, down 29% from 2021. All cotton area harvested is forecast at 7.13 million acres, down 31% from 2021.

In this month’s WASDE 2022/2023 U.S. cotton projections, beginning stocks are slightly larger, and a nearly 3-million-bale decrease in production results in lower exports, mill use and ending WASDE-627-5 stocks. Beginning stocks are larger as estimated exports for 2021/2022 are reduced 100,000 bales based on final Export Sales data and Census Bureau data through June.

Exports are projected 2 million bales lower than in July and mill use decreased by 200,000. Ending stocks are 600,000 bales lower, equating to 12.6 percent of expected use — eight percentage points lower than in 2021/22 — and the lowest stock/use ratio since 1924/25. The U.S. season-average price for upland cotton is forecast 2 cents higher this month at 97 cents per pound.

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July 29, 2022

no cotton news next week

Emergency Relief Program Deadline Extended

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Wednesday that it will indefinitely extend the deadline for producers to return the pre-filled applications for Phase One of the Emergency Relief Program (ERP).  

Continuing to build on the initial mailing of pre-filled applications in May, USDA will continue using existing information in USDA and crop insurance files to send additional pre-filled applications starting this week for potentially eligible Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) participants. While most crop insurance customers that may be eligible for ERP Phase One received the pre-filed applications in May, there are some who should expect to receive a form in August including:

Producers who had an eligible loss in 2020 that had been recorded in the crop insurance records as a 2019 loss (e.g., prevented planting claims); and

Producers with policies that required additional information before being able to calculate an indemnity for 2021 losses (producers with 2020 losses would have already received that application).  Policies that required additional information include Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO), Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX), Margin Protection Plan (MP) or Area Risk Protection Insurance (ARPI).

Producers without risk management coverage through crop insurance or NAP and those with shallow losses may be covered by the forthcoming Phase Two of ERP.

USDA estimates that Phase One ERP benefits will reach more than 5,200 producers with NAP coverage for eligible 2020 and 2021 crop losses. This emergency relief complements ERP assistance recently provided to more than 162,000 producers who had received crop insurance indemnities for qualifying losses. Nearly 13,000 additional crop insurance customers will also receive pre-filled applications in August to cover eligible 2020 losses described above and for producers with more complex policies where indemnities could not be calculated for 2021 previously.

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Field Days Offered to Growers

PhytoGen is hosting two field tours for growers August 25th and August 26th.

Through these tours, you can earn continuing education units for Texas Department of Agriculture Applicator Drift Minimization (1 credit), Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Soil and Water (0.5 units), CCA Integrated Pest Management (1.5 units), and CCA Crop Management (1 unit).

The tour will start at 9 a.m. on August 25th, followed by lunch at Cook’s Garage.

The August 26th field day will begin with lunch at Cook’s followed by 1:30 p.m. tour.

The tours consist of Enlist system demos, variety trials showcase and a session on the new trait package offering tolerance to 2,4-D and glufosinate, for use with Enlist One herbicide.

If you have questions, contact Ken Legé at

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Joey Maguire Plains Ginners Association

Cotton USA Special Trade Mission from Pakistan Comes to Lubbock

Textile executives representing 21 Pakistani companies toured the U.S. Cotton Belt starting July 23rd, landing in Lubbock, Texas, July 27th through the 28th.

Pakistan is the third largest cotton consuming country after China and India with total cotton consumption estimated at 11.1 million bales in 2021-2022. The companies that participated in this year’s trade mission collectively consume around 4.4 million bales annually. For the 2021-2022 marketing year, U.S. cotton export sales to these tour participants total 1.5 million bales.

The Pakistan trade delegation told cotton organizations and merchants on the 28th that their production will be down this year. They estimate they will need to import seven to eight million bales this year — and they hope this cotton will come from the U.S. Many of the mills represented on the trade mission have expansion plans, making this visit an ideal opportunity to grow U.S. cotton sales now and in the years ahead in this important market, said Carlos Garcia, export sales manager for Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) and Cotton Council International president.

The Lubbock trade mission seminar was held at the new USDA-AMS Cotton Classification Complex on the Texas Tech University campus, which is scheduled for a grand opening in August. On behalf of Plains Cotton Growers Inc. (PCG), director of communications and public affairs Kara Bishop presented on cotton production in Texas and the High Plains; Carlos Garcia, presented on Texas cotton supply and quality. Texas Cotton Association President Nick Peay presented on Texas reliability, service, demand and logistics, while Texas A&M University AgriLife Research Professor Jane Dever, Ph.D., focused on Texas cotton quality and developmental research. A tour of the new classing office was provided by area director Danny Martinez at the end of the seminar.

PCG officers attended a dinner with the trade delegation on the evening of the 27th, providing education on cotton production in the High Plains region.

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July 22, 2022

U.S. Capitol Building

Legislative Update

On behalf of Plains Cotton Growers Inc., chief executive officer, Kody Bessent, went to Washington D.C. July 14 and 15 to meet with Congressional members and staff in advance of the House considering the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Agriculture Appropriations bill. While there, he expressed PCG’s sincere gratitude for the recently implemented Emergency Relief Program — an effort worked on and supported by Congress and advocacy organizations, including PCG, since March 2021.

Additionally, Bessent provided an update regarding the ongoing adversity producers and infrastructure face this cropping season due to high winds, below normal rainfall and extreme temperatures that have had a negative impact on cotton acres and production. He emphasized the potential need for future assistance should conditions persist.

Bessent attended key political events on behalf of PCG where we continue to build upon our advocacy and coalition efforts in advance of the development of the 2023 Farm Bill. He also had the opportunity to visit with producer participants of the National Cotton Council Policy Education Program, discussing the importance of advocacy in agriculture.

PCG CEO Kody Bessent with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and NCC Senior Government Relations Representative Robbie Minnich.

This week, the House advanced H.R. 8294, a mini-series of six of the 12 FY 2023 spending bills — including the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill — on a 220 to 207 vote. Specifically, the agriculture related provisions of the minibus include $27.2 billion in discretionary funding in FY 2023, $2.08 billion more than the FY 2022 level. The bill also includes mandatory funding for nutrition assistance and crop insurance programs, which would bring the total to $195.6 billion.

Cotton initiatives specifically included in the legislation are the following:

  • $1 million above FY 2022 support levels for research efforts to combat whiteflies that are severely impacting vegetable and cotton production in southeastern parts of the U.S.
  • $15.9 million provided for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine Cotton Pests Programs to ensure APHIS and the cotton industry have adequate funding to prevent cotton boll weevil reinfestation in areas of the U.S. where it has been successfully eradicated.
  • $4 million provided for improvements to the U.S. cotton classing offices and operations as Congress acknowledges the challenges presented during the 2021 cotton season such as extensive delays in quality designation, contract delivery and loan repayments.

Furthermore, Congress encourages the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to continue to work with its customers to secure stability and dependability of the cotton classification program to ensure it accurately processes numerous samples of cotton in a timely manner with less reliance on seasonal staff, which translates to less disruption of market opportunities for producers.

House Democrats are hoping to clear most of the 12 appropriations bills by the end of this month. However, at this point, the initial passage of this week’s minibus spending package does not have a clear path forward before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. Furthermore, the Senate Appropriations Committee has yet to schedule any hearings to mark up any of the spending bills, undoubtedly teeing up Congress to pass a continuing resolution at the beginning of FY 2023 to avoid a government shutdown.

This will likely result in a lame-duck negotiating session to pass either an omni spending package or a year-long continuing resolution. As progress on these initiatives are made, PCG will continue to keep our members and readership updated on its advancement.

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Field Days Offered to Growers

PhytoGen is hosting two field tours for growers August 25th and August 26th.

Through these tours, you can earn continuing education units for Texas Department of Agriculture Applicator Drift Minimization (1 credit), Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Soil and Water (0.5 units), CCA Integrated Pest Management (1.5 units), and CCA Crop Management (1 unit).

The tour will start at 9 a.m. on August 25th, followed by lunch at Cook’s Garage.

The August 26th field day will begin with lunch at Cook’s followed by 1:30 p.m. tour.

The tours consist of Enlist system demos, variety trials showcase and a session on the new trait package offering tolerance to 2,4-D and glufosinate, for use with Enlist One herbicide.

If you have questions, contact Ken Legé at

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Musings from Mark: High Plains Crop Conditions

Cotton growers on the High Plains planted an estimated 4.3 to 4.4 million acres of cotton in 2022. This growing season has dealt many challenges to producers. After a dry winter and a large 2021 crop, the 2022 season began with virtually no sub-soil moisture aside from pre-plant irrigation. Spring/summer growing challenges included: high winds, below normal rainfall, high temperatures and isolated damaging hail. On May 22nd, Amarillo recorded a minimum temperature of 39 degrees. Lubbock has experienced more than 20 days at or above 100, with more in the forecast. These conditions have been reminiscent of the epic drought of 2011.

The deadline for certifying acreage was July 15th, so we are still awaiting official reports of planted and failed acres. More than half of the acres are non-irrigated. We have already lost most of the dryland acres to drought and some of the irrigated acres to wind, hail and excessive heat.

Many cotton fields in the northern Panhandle are thin and estimated at 10 days behind normal development. Most of our region continues to suffer from lack of rainfall and high temperatures. A few “July 4th” blooms were observed in early planted fields. Many fields are reaching early bloom as of mid-July, with a range of five to nine nodes above white flower (NAWF) in irrigated fields. Many drylands fields have already reached cutout (4 or fewer NAWF) Many fields do not have enough irrigation capacity to keep up with evapotranspiration demand during bloom, so yield potential will continue to decline in those fields without rainfall.

The percentage of fruit retention is very good in most fields. The National Weather Service official rainfall in Lubbock is 4.79 inches (43% of normal rainfall January through July). Lubbock has experienced 27 days at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit thus far in 2022. In 2011, 48 days at or above 100 degrees were recorded.

As fields enter the bloom and boll set phase, daily water use increases rapidly as does nitrogen uptake. Evapotranspiration was high this week because of extreme temperatures. Therefore, fields experienced increased water demand. Many dryland fields are blooming out of the top of the plant.

The intensity of this drought is not as widespread across the High Plains or other regions of Texas as compared to the 2011 drought, although, some counties are just as severe. However, three differences are noted:

1) There was virtually no sub-soil moisture at the beginning of this season while there was sub-soil moisture beginning in 2011.
2) Input costs (electricity, diesel, fertilizer, etc) are generally much higher respective to 2011.

3) Irrigation capacity has declined in most areas since 2011.

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July 15, 2022

Mozena Obtusa Plant Bug Found

West Plains IPM Update by Kerry Siders

Over the last 24 hours I have received several calls about “a bug” that is being found in extremely high numbers. A majority of these inquires are coming from the southwest portion of Hockley County particularly near

Immature Mozena obtusa plant bug on cotton leaf (Photo by K. Siders)

Sundown. So, this “bug’ is a true bug known as Mozena Obtusa Uhler plant bug. If you might recall we dealt with this insect back in August of 2014, mostly out in Cochran County then. The Mozena plant bug is in the family Coreidae, which a group of insects given the common name of leaffooted bug.

The common thread from 2014 to 2022 is our drought conditions. A couple other things: this insects’ primary host is mesquite, a legume. They feed on the beans. Dr. Pat Porter documented feeding on peas and corn in 2014. I noted them in cotton back in 2014, but ot the sheer numbers I am seeing now, and it is a month earlier. Reports from Midland and Odessa area indicate high populations there as well. All of this said, how important is this insect? Honestly in the numbers I have seen in cotton (+20 per cotton plant of the immature) occupying all parts of the plant, I am concerned. As evidence to support this concern is a particular field I scout weekly. Last week square set was perfect at 100% after the first 12 days of squaring. Then this week it dropped to 79%. No other insects, drip cotton, good moisture, no environmental event to point finger at, and yet missing squares not present to dissect to determine possible cause of death.

One think observed in this example I use is we did not find egg masses. Were these immature plant bugs hatched in this field or did they crawl? Understand, immatures do not have functioning wings yet. They can travel quickly on the ground, though. This insect is often treated like a stink bug; however, stink bugs typically do not feed on cotton squares but rather bolls.

Adult Mozena Obtusa plant bug.

I would treat them more like a Lygus when they are present in these numbers (+5 per plant). Although not as damaging as a Lygus would be at these numbers. Dr. Suhas Vyavhare did put out an insecticide trial this morning (7/12/22) to see what works best. Typically, a pyrethroid would be considered first, but concern about flaring aphids always enters the picture. I will keep you informed of the results. Homeowners are calling about this insect as well. The most effective insecticides are the pyrethroid based products. Some examples of pyrethroid active ingredients include: bifenthrin, lambda-cyhalothrin, permethrin, cypermethrin and cyfluthrin. Insecticides, including organic products work best against the nymphal stages so frequent scouting of host plants is recommended to detect early stages of an infestation. When using an insecticide read and follow label directions for safety precautions, rates and preharvest intervals. If you have questions, feel free to call at (806)894-3150.

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Ag Leaders Call on EPA

The Republican Leader of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), and the Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-Pa.), sent a letter to the EPA about the concerning trend of disregarding scientifically-sound, risk-based regulatory processes, and unilaterally denying access to a range of crop protection tools.

In the letter, Boozman and Thompson write, “Russia’s war in Ukraine has sent shockwaves through the global food system resulting in increased energy prices, fertilizer cost spikes and shortages, and worsening food shortages in developing countries. As the world faces an emerging food crisis due to this conflict, our policies should be focused on supporting American production instead of creating further burden and ambiguity for our farmers and ranchers.”

They continue, “We once again seek your assurances and commitment to ensure this Administration and EPA cease the politicization of critical crop protection tools, adhere to a science-based and transparent regulatory process required under FIFRA, and defend the work of its career scientists to overcome these misguided decisions from the Ninth Circuit. Such actions would provide farmers and ranchers a consistent and predictable regulatory process necessary for U.S. producers to continue to feed, fuel, and clothe the world.”

BACKGROUND: The letter follows a previous bicameral letter led by Thompson and Boozman on November 19, 2021, which called on the EPA to rescind its decision to revoke all food tolerances for chlorpyrifos and ensure its future actions related to the registration or registration review of crop protection tools are consistent with the science-based, regulatory process required under EPA’s congressionally mandated authorities. To date, that letter has gone unanswered.

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2022 State of the U.S. Textile Industry

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) held its annual meeting in May. According to Textile World magazine, NCTO chairman David Poston outlined key industry facts and economic data, noting the industry’s rebound in 2021 in his “State of the U.S. Textile Industry” address. 

“If 2020 was a year marked by an economic downturn and once-in-a-generation pandemic and health crisis, 2021 was defined by a rebound of remarkable proportions in our industry — nearly on par with the performance of pre-pandemic levels in 2019. 

The Numbers

In 2021, the value of U.S. man-made fiber, textile and apparel shipments totaled an estimated $65.2 billion, compared to $60.8 billion in 2021. 

U.S. exports were also up compared to 2020. Exports of fibers, textiles and apparel were $28.4 billion in 2021, compared with $25.3 billion in 2020. 

Capital expenditures have remained strong. Investment in yarn, fabric, apparel and sewn product manufacturing in 2020 hit $1.85 billion. Since 2011, capital investment in U.S. yarn, fabric, apparel and sewn products manufacturing totaled $20.2 billion. 

“We will closely monitor emerging issues this year, including spiking global fuel prices stemming from the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine and mounting inflationary pressures on consumer products, as well as the multitude of other issues highlighted,” Poston concluded.

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