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"COTTON NEWS" from Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. - February 15, 2013
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  Farmers and ranchers across the country are heeding the call to have
their voices heard and their farms represented in the 2012 Census of
Agriculture. With 1.4 million Census forms returned, the U.S. Department
of Agriculture (USDA) is thanking everyone for speaking up for their
communities, their industry and their future by sending in their Census
form. For those who missed the deadline, USDA reminds producers that their
farm is important and needs to be counted. As a result, Census forms are
still being accepted.
  "Information from the Census of Agriculture helps USDA monitor trends
and better understand the needs in agriculture," said Agriculture
Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Providing industry stakeholders, community
leaders, lawmakers and individual farm operators with the most
comprehensive and accurate U.S. agricultural reports, we all help ensure
the tools are available to make informed, sound decisions to protect the
future of American agriculture." 
  Conducted every five years by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics
Service (NASS), the Census provides detailed data covering nearly every
facet of U.S. agriculture. It looks at land use and ownership, production
practices, expenditures and other factors that affect the way farmers and
ranchers do business. The deadline for submitting Census forms was
February 4, and many farmers and ranchers have responded. However, those
who did not respond by the original due date will receive another copy of
the form in the mail to give them another opportunity. 
  "Accurate and comprehensive information from all farmers and ranchers is
important so that the Census can provide a true picture of U.S. agriculture
today and help everyone plan appropriately for future," said Vilsack. "This
level of information is only gathered and released once every five years,
so we need the participation of every producer to ensure the agricultural
industry and rural America receive the representation that will provide
them with the most benefit and value." 
  Farmers and ranchers can return their forms by mail or online by
visiting a secure website, http://www.agcensus.usda.gov. Federal law
requires all agricultural producers to participate in the Census and
requires NASS to keep all individual information confidential. 
  For more information about the Census, including helpful tips on
completing your Census form, visit http://www.agcensus.usda.gov or call
1-888-4AG-STAT (1-888-424-7828). The Census of Agriculture is your voice,
your future, your responsibility. 

       Want the facts about the U.S. agriculture and farm policy?


Saturday, February 9, 2013     From the National Cotton Council

  U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 9.01 million acres of cotton this
spring, down 26.8 percent from 2012, according to the National Cotton
Council's 30th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. (see table
at http://www.cotton.org/news/meetings/2013annual/plantin.cfm)
  Upland cotton intentions are 8.81 million acres, down 27.0 percent from
2012, while extra-long staple (ELS) intentions of 203,000 acres represent
a 15.0 percent decline. The survey results were announced today at the
NCC's 2013 Annual Meeting being held February 8-10 in Memphis.
  Assuming slightly above-average abandonment in the Southwest region due
to the dry conditions and all other states set at historical averages,
total upland and ELS harvested area would be 7.65 million acres, which is
15.2 percent below planted area. Applying state-level yield assumptions to
projected harvested acres generates a cotton crop of 12.86 million bales,
compared with 2012's total production of 17.01 million bales.
  NCC Vice President Gary Adams said that, "Planted acreage is just one
variable determining final production. Weather is often a more significant
determinant, particularly weather developments in the southwestern U.S.
With this in mind, we could see the U.S. crop ranging from a low of 9.5
million bales to a high of 17.0 million bales. "
  The NCC survey, mailed in mid-December 2012 to producers across the
17-state Cotton Belt, asked producers for the number of acres devoted to
cotton and other crops in 2012 and the acres planned for the coming
season.  Survey responses were collected through mid-January.
  Adams noted, "Projections by market watchers have been calling for
reduced acreage in 2013, and the NCC survey agrees with those
expectations.  Cotton farmers are responding to market signals. Relative
prices of cotton and competing crops have been the primary factor
influencing U.S. acreage."
  Survey respondents throughout the Southeast indicated a decline of 18.5
percent, lowering the regional total to 2.24 million acres. Respondents
indicating a decline in cotton acreage are shifting to corn and soybeans,
with soybeans more heavily favored as the alternative. Those planting more
acres of cotton indicated fewer acres in the "Other Crops" category, which
are peanuts in this region.   
  In the Mid-South, survey results show that growers intend to plant 1.00
million acres, which is half of last year's total. The decline in cotton
acres is consistent with relative returns for cotton and competing crops
based on current futures markets.
  Adams stated, "Based on USDA costs of production and trend yields, the
shortfall between cotton net returns and returns for corn and soybeans is
substantially larger than in 2009 – the most recent low in acreage."
  Survey responses said that corn accounts for slightly more than half of
the planned decline. Soybeans account for the remainder of the decline in
acres, with many of the soybeans being double-cropped with wheat.  
  Southwest growers are indicating total upland acres of 5.23 million,
down 24.4 percent from last year. The respondents planting less cotton
said they intend to move those acres into grain sorghum, wheat and corn,
in that order. The survey indicated that some producers are planning to
increase cotton, with some of those acres coming from grains but the
larger reason underlying the increase appears to be weather. Growers
unable to plant last year due to drought conditions are expecting to sow
more acres in 2013.  
  In the West, a 12.2 percent reduction is expected with the regional
total at 341,000 acres, and the vast majority of those acres moving into
specialty crops. For ELS cotton, U.S. acreage is pegged at 203,000 acres,
down 15 percent. As is the case of upland cotton, ELS prices down from
year-earlier levels are inducing a shift to other crops. (see table at
http://www.cotton.org/news/meetings/2013annual/plantin.cfm)  Adams
reminded NCC delegates that the expectations are a snapshot of intentions
based on market conditions at the time of the survey. Actual plantings
will be influenced by changing market conditions and weather.


                          40TH ANNIVERSARY

  In recognition of the 40th Anniversary of National Agriculture Day,
March 19, 2013, the Agriculture Council of America has announced a full
two-day lineup of high-profile events in the nation's Capitol.
  "This is undoubtedly the most important Ag Day program in our history,"
said Jenny Pickett, President, Agriculture Council of America. "Our goal
is to ensure the eyes of the nation are on the contributions American
agriculture makes not just here in the United States, but also around the
world. That's the message we're taking to the Hill, and the message that
will be carried through communities across America."
  2013 events include:
  March 18, 2013
* Farm to Fork Politics: An insider's look at the year ahead for food and
agriculture—A panel discussion moderated by Sara Wyant of Agri-Pulse and
featuring J.B. Penn, Chief Economist, John Deere; Dr. Keith Collins,
former Chief Economist, USDA; and B. Hudson Riehle, Senior Vice President
of the Research and Information Services Division, National Restaurant
Association. Hart Senate Office Building Room 902, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
* Agri-Pulse Reception follows in the same room. No charge to attend
  March 19, 2013
* USFRA Food Dialogues: The Next Generation of Food & Farming—A special
event featuring young influencers exploring food trends and advancements
in modern agriculture. Location TBA, 9:30–11:00 a.m. 
* Mix-and-Mingle Luncheon—A luncheon emceed by legendary agricultural
broadcaster Orion Samuelson and featuring the Outstanding Young Farmer
honorees and members of Congress. Cannon Caucus Room, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
* Celebration of Ag Dinner—This event will feature the U.S. Secretary of
Agriculture and Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, and honor the winners
of the Ag Day essay, video essay and poster contests. USDA Whitten Patio,
5:00 p.m. Tickets: $150/person or $1,500 for reserved table of 10
  Complete details and registration information can be found at
  National Ag Day is made possible by a number of partnering organizations
and sponsors. 2013 Partners include John Deere, Successful Farming, DTN/The
Progressive Farmer, Farm Progress, AgHub, CHS, U.S. Custom Harvesters,
Inc., National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the National Pork
Producers Council. A complete listing can be found at http://www.agday.org.
                          MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

                      PCG's 56th Annual Meeting
                           Friday, April 5
                    Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
                             9 a.m.-Noon

                    More information coming soon!


  NOTE: A complete list, along with program agendas when made available,
can be found on the Plains Cotton Growers website at
  February 26 - Irrigation Management Meeting, Groom - Contact Jody
Bradford, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-537-3882.
  February 26 - Pre-Watering Irrigation/Weed Control Meeting, Lamesa -
Contact Gary Roschetzky, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information
at 806-872-3444.
  February 26 - Ag Conference, Pampa Annex - Contact Brandon McGinty,
County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at 806-669-8033.
  February 27 - Turkey/Quitaque Ag Producers Meeting, Turkey - Contact
Nathan Carr, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at
  February 28 - Sandyland Ag Conference, Seminole Civic Building - Contact
Terry Millican, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at
  February 28 - Irrigation Strategy Workshop, Stratford - Contact Marcel
Fischbacher, County Extension Agent-AG, for more information at
  If you have another conference to add to this list, or if you have an
agenda you'd like to link, please call PCG at (806) 792-4904. 

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