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COTTON NEWS from Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. - March 13, 2015
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                2015 SEED COST CALCULATOR NOW AVAILABLE

Friday, March 13, 2015               By Shawn Wade

  The 2015 version of the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. Seed Cost Calculator
is ready and available for download from the PCG website at
http://www.plainscotton.org.
  The PCG seed cost calculator is an interactive Microsoft Excel
spreadsheet that allows producers to calculate an estimated cost per acre,
for both seed and technology, based on published suggested retail prices.
The calculator has become a popular tool among producers interested in
comparing seed and technology prices as they work to finalize their cotton
variety selections. 
  The 2015 version of the spreadsheet includes listings for 90
conventional, Roundup Ready FLEX, XtendFlex, GlyTol, Bollgard II,
TwinLink, and Widestrike varieties, including numerous stacked gene
versions of these technologies that will be available for sale in West
Texas in 2015.

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               PCG ANNOUNCES 58TH ANNUAL MEETING

Friday, March 13, 2015             By Mary Jane Buerkle

  Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., will host their 58th Annual Meeting on
Friday, April 10, in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.
  PCG's Annual Meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, and the
program will start promptly at 9 a.m. The meeting is held in conjunction
with the Texas Cotton Ginners' Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show,
April 9 and 10 in Lubbock.
  Current PCG president Shawn Holladay, who farms near Lamesa, Texas, will
preside over the meeting and PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett will
report on the status of PCG operations and activities. An award recognizing
the 2014 High Plains Cotton Agent of the Year also will be presented at the
meeting.
  Dr. Gary Adams, President and CEO of the National Cotton Council, will
update attendees on the various activities of the NCC. Berrye Worsham,
President and CEO of Cotton Incorporated, will discuss current issues in
cotton with regard to research and promotion. U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer
also will address the group.
  A buffet breakfast will be served from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the Civic
Center Banquet Hall, sponsored by Monsanto and Deltapine. Breakfast will
be provided free to all PCG Annual Meeting participants. Immediately
following the PCG Annual Meeting will be the annual FiberMax Cottonseed
Luncheon for PCG Annual Meeting participants and members of the FiberMax
"One Ton Club." Lunch will be served in the Civic Center Banquet Hall.
  For additional information, call PCG at (806) 792-4904.

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             DON’T FORGET - IMPORTANT FARM BILL DEADLINE!

Tuesday, March 31: Deadline to update yield history or reallocate base
acres; also Deadline to choose Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or
Price Loss Coverage (PLC)

            Contact your local Farm Service Agency office!

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             COTTON INCORPORATED TO HOST PRICE RISK
                 MANAGEMENT SEMINAR IN LUBBOCK

Friday, March 13, 2015           By Mary Jane Buerkle

  Cotton Incorporated, in cooperation with PCG, will host a Cotton Price
Risk Management Seminar in Lubbock on Wednesday, April 8, from 8:30 a.m.
to 5:00 p.m. at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center, located at 2322
Mac Davis Lane.
     The seminar will address how to use market-based strategies to manage
price risk for the 2015 crop season, as well as market outlook discussions.
Topics of discussion for the seminars include: why options on cotton
futures are critical to your business; what and how options can work for
you; and how to use actionable hedging strategies based on various price
scenarios.
  There is no fee to attend and lunch will be provided for all
participants. Registration is recommended.  Contact Lynda Keys at Cotton
Incorporated by phone (919) 678-2269 or email lkeys at cottoninc.com. Space
is limited so please register as soon as possible.

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                   UPCOMING AREA AG CONFERENCES 

  March 24 – Sorghum Meeting, Perryton. Contact Scott Strawn, CEA-AG,
(806) 435-4501.
  March 26 – Sorghum Meeting, Dimmitt. Contact Nancy Andersen, CEA-AG,
(806) 647-4115.
  March 25 – Oldham County Field Day, Vega. Contact Austin Voyles, CEA-AG,
(806) 267-2692.
  March 30 – Pre-Plant Meeting, Lamesa. Contact Gary Roschetzky, CEA-AG,
(806) 872-3444.
  April 1 – Lower Rolling Plains Ag Conference, Scurry County Coliseum,
Snyder. Contact Greg Gruben, CEA-AG, (325) 573-5423.
  April 6 – Sorghum Meeting, Levelland. Contact Texas A&M AgriLife
Extension-Hockley County, (806) 894-3159
  April 7 – Beef Grid Marketing, Miami. Contact Michael Wilkes, CEA-AG,
(806) 868-3191.
  April 10 – Beef Management & Brush Control, Canadian. Contact Andy
Holloway, CEA-AG, (806) 323-9114.
  April 14 – Hale/Swisher Crops Conference, Plainview. Contact John
Villalba, CEA-AG, (806) 995-3721.
  April 21 – Spring Ag Conference, Tulia. Contact John Villalba, CEA-AG,
(806) 995-3721.
  April 23 – Forage Management Meeting, Post. Contact Greg Jones, CEA-AG,
(806) 495-4400. 
  A complete list of meetings is at http://bit.ly/cottonmeetings.
  
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             "FULL SPEED AHEAD" IS THEME OF TEXAS COTTON
               GINNERS ASSOCIATION TRADE SHOW IN APRIL

  The Texas Cotton Ginners Association's 108th Annual Meeting and Cotton
Trade Show is scheduled for April 9 and 10 at the Lubbock Memorial Civic
Center.
  The trade show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9,
and from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 10. The show is a chance for
ginners, employees, and customers to see the latest in ginning technology
and to meet others in the industry to discuss important issues and the
latest trends. It also is an opportunity for attendees to educate company
directors, stockholders, and other key personnel on the role ginners play
in the industry.  
  More information, including a complete schedule of events, hotel
reservation form, meeting pre-registration and event forms is available on
the TCGA website at http://www.tcga.org.

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                 NATIONAL SURVEY ON COVER CROPS SEEKS 
                        FARMER PARTICIPATION

Thursday, February 26, 2015               From SARE

  Farmers are invited to share their thoughts on cover crops—whether or
not they use cover crops themselves—in a national survey, now in its third
year of collecting valuable data on the increasingly popular management
practice. The results, which will be released this summer, will help
growers, researchers, agricultural advisors, ag retailers and policymakers
more effectively address questions about cover crops and learn about best
practices.
  The online survey at http://tinyurl.com/covercropsurvey takes a short
time to complete. Farmers who complete the questionnaire are eligible for
a drawing for one of two $100 Visa gift cards.
  The survey is being conducted by the Conservation Technology Information
Center (CTIC) and is sponsored by USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research
and Education (SARE) program, the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA)
and Corn+Soybean Digest.
  All farmers are invited to complete the survey, says Chad Watts, project
manager for CTIC.
  "It doesn't matter if you've planted cover crops for 40 years or if
you've never worked with them before," he notes. "We want to hear from
farmers with all levels of interest and experience. It's just as important
to understand what might be preventing a farmer from planting cover crops
as it is to understand why another grower is so excited."
  Data from this year's survey will be compared to information from the
two previous years in an effort to identify trends in cover crop practices
or attitudes toward cover crops. Other questions will help conservation
leaders zero in on details of cover crop practices. SARE, ASTA and
scientists from Purdue University helped develop the questionnaire and
will also help analyze the results. The editors of Corn+Soybean Digest are
distributing the release to their subscribers, inviting a broad base of
farmers to participate.
  Watts points out that the past two surveys have been extremely
influential in helping shape research priorities, educational materials
and even public policy related to cover crops. Last year, Jason Weller,
chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), cited
findings from the 2013 SARE/CTIC Cover Crop Survey in testimony to the
U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee.
  "Taking a few minutes to share your opinions about cover crops is a
major contribution to the world of conservation agriculture, and it has a
real impact on the future of cover crops," Watts says.
  All answers are anonymous; respondents will be directed to another
website at the end of the survey to enter the $100 Visa gift card drawing.

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                    COTTON USA CONDUCTS SALES
                      TRAINING IN THAILAND

Friday, March 13, 2015       From Cotton Council International

  COTTON USA held a sales training seminar with two home textile licensees
in Thailand, Cannon and Linen House, to educate their salespeople about the
benefits of cotton, U.S. cotton and the new COTTON USA logo and brand
values. 
  Sales staff will pass on these selling points – including the purity,
quality and responsiblity of U.S. cotton, as well as the fiber's unique
strength and color retention ability – to consumers.
  More than 120 salespeople attended, and evaluation results show that
attendees highly rated the information provided at the seminar.

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