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COTTON NEWS from Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. - November 10, 2017
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Friday, November 10, 2017         By Mary Jane Buerkle

  The National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates in their November
Crop Production Report that Texas High Plains cotton growers will produce
5,375,000 bales in 2017.
  This estimate is down 65,000 bales from their October report, likely
reflective of late-season acreage loss to storms and further adjustment
from loss of yield potential after a cool, cloudy late September and early
  The decrease came from the Southern High Plains, where NASS estimated
110,000 fewer bales than their October report, projecting 3,215,000 for
that region. Production estimates in the Northern High Plains increased by
70,000 to 2,180,000 bales.
  Yield per acre increased for the Northern High Plains from 877 pounds in
October to 906 in the November estimate. The Southern High Plains decreased
from 689 pounds in October to 665 in November. Harvested acres remained the
same as the October report – 1,155,000 in the NHP and 2,320,000 in the SHP.
The abandonment rate at about 20 percent, which is near the long-term
  Statewide, the production number increased by 100,000 bales from
October, to 9.1 million bales. The nationwide estimate for upland cotton
increased to 20.7 million bales, up slightly from an estimated 20.4
million in the October report and up 24 percent from 2016.
  Harvest is in full swing and some areas of quality are improving, with
predominate color at the Lubbock classing office grading up at 21 this
past week from 31 last week. Average length increased from 36.09 last week
to 36.32 this week. However, average micronaire remains in the 34-35 range,
indicating impact from less-than-ideal weather conditions to finish out
  In the Lamesa office, predominant color also is 21, with average length
for the week at 35.41 and average micronaire at 3.8. Complete quality
reports are available at www.plainscotton.org.
  December futures were trading between 68 and 69 cents at press time.



Friday, November 10, 2017          By Mary Jane Buerkle

  Gary Six, who has served the Farm Service Agency in Yoakum County for
more than 30 years as their County Executive Director, is making the move
from Plains to College Station after his appointment by the Trump
Administration as the new Texas State Executive Director for the FSA. 
  Six's FSA career began in 1977 as a temporary field assistant, and he
worked his way into increasingly responsible positions and became Yoakum
County CED in 1979. He then served as CED for McCulloch County for almost
three years before being selected as one of the first Automation
Coordinators in Texas. He remained in that position for more than two
years before moving back to Plains to serve again as CED for Yoakum County.
  "As SED, Six will use his leadership experience to oversee FSA programs
in a customer-focused manner to ensure a safe, affordable, abundant, and
nutritious food supply for consumers," according to a news release from
Texas FSA. "He looks forward to serving the producers and FSA employees
throughout Texas as SED."
  PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said that Six's FSA experience
makes him an excellent candidate to lead Texas FSA.
  "We could not be more excited for Gary as he takes on this position of
leadership," Verett said. "There are few people who know the Farm Service
Agency like he does, and his experience is extremely valuable to our
producers and the entire Texas agricultural industry. We congratulate him
and wish him the best."
  Six begins his new duties on Monday.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017     From National Cotton Council

   Farmers in the nation's Midwest and Western regions will get a unique
opportunity to observe cotton and other agricultural operations in West
Texas on November 12-16, as part of the National Cotton Council's (NCC)
Multi-Commodity Education Program.
  Launched in 2006, the MCEP is coordinated by NCC's Member Services and
local leaders and organizations. The program is supported by The Cotton
Foundation with a grant from Deere & Company. 
  The exchange is designed to provide the program's participants with: 1)
a better understanding of production issues/concerns faced by their peers
in another geographic region and 2) an opportunity to observe agronomic
practices, technology utilization, cropping patterns, marketing plans and
operational structure. Other program benefits are the continuing dialogue
among American farmers, regardless of their crops or locations, and the
creation of strong and lasting relationships between this nation's current
and future producer leaders.
  The 2017 tour's producer participants include: Idaho - Sedar Beckman,
Idaho Falls; Scott Brown, Soda Springs; Clark Kauffman, Filer; Cory Kress,
Rockland; Justin Place, Hamer; and Lucas Spratling, Declo; Michigan - Dave
Milligan, Cass City; Montana - Michael Konen and Mitch Konen, both of
Fairfield; and Warren Lybeck, Chinook; North Dakota - Frank Laufer,
Regent; Jeff Mertz, Hurdsfield; and Alan Slater, West Fargo. Also
participating is Sam Butler, a New Hope, Ala., soybean and cotton
producer. John Gibson, director of NCC's Member Services, Memphis; and
Susan Everett, a NCC Member Services representative in West Texas, will
accompany the group.
  After an orientation on the NCC on November 12, the participants will
spend the next day in Lubbock at Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. for an
overview of that organization and of High Plains cotton production. They
also will visit the USDA Agricultural Research Service's Ginning
Laboratory and the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service's Cotton Division
facility, get a presentation on cotton trait introgression during a tour
of Bayer's greenhouse and laboratory facilities; and hear a presentation
on cotton sustainability and marketing at Plains Cotton Cooperative
Association. They will end the day with a visit to Verett Farms in Ralls
for a look at spindle picker cotton harvesting.
  On November 14, the participants will get a briefing on cottonseed
processing and products at PYCO Industries in Lubbock before traveling to
Brownfield where they will see peanut harvesting and then get a look at
High Plains farm equipment at the B.E. Implement company. The group then
will go to Meadow for a tour of Seaton Farms and observing custom wine
grape crushing, fermentation and barrel aging at the Texas Wine Company.
  The next day, the group will travel to Plainview to hear a presentation
on High Plains water conservation and watering systems at the Texas
Alliance of Water Conservation and then learn about soil health and
fertilization techniques at Olson Farms. That day's activities conclude
with a briefing on stripper harvesting and ginning at the Carson County
Gin in White Deer.
  On the 16th, the group will travel to Amarillo for a tour of the
Amarillo Cotton Warehouse and to hear presentations on cotton warehousing,
shipping and permanent bale identification. The tour concludes with visits
to the Adobe Walls Gin in Spearman and Howard Farms in Dumas.

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Friday, November 10, 2017               From TAWC

  Iconic denim brand Wrangler and The Texas Alliance for Water
Conservation announced a partnership to promote best-in-class techniques
and technologies for efficient water use among cotton growers.
  Under a memorandum of understanding, TAWC will serve as advisors to
Wrangler's U.S. sustainable cotton program, and Wrangler will help raise
awareness for best practices produced by TAWC's on-farm research.
  About 50 percent of the cotton in Wrangler's products is grown
domestically, and the brand is committed to working with U.S. growers to
maintain the profitability of the industry, while improving its resilience
and reducing environmental impacts. Wrangler has formed a coalition of
industry, academic and nonprofit partners (including TAWC) that is focused
on soil health practices as the key to producing more sustainable cotton in
the U.S.
  The MOU between Wrangler and TAWC focuses on sharing best practices for
efficient water use and the building of healthy soils, which contributes
to water retention, higher yields, fewer agricultural inputs, and other
long-term environmental and social benefits. Wrangler is scheduled to
participate in TAWC's Water College, an educational event for Texas
growers, scheduled for Jan. 24 at the Lubbock Civic Center.


                      COTTON CONFERENCES' GOAL

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017                 From the National Cotton Council

   The 2018 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, set for January 3-5 at the
Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas, will provide insight on
current research and emerging technology – to help attendees improve
production, processing and marketing efficiency.
  The 2018 BWCC will begin at noon on January 3 with the half-day Cotton
Consultants Conference – open to all attendees. Among scheduled topics
selected by the consultant community are: looking ahead to Bollgard III
use, a review of year one of Dicamba use, thrips control, bacterial
blight, nematodes, cotton root rot and fungicide seed treatments. Also
included will be a regulatory update and presentations on growing cotton
economically and on contamination prevention.
  The 2018 Beltwide also will feature a special workshop, "Risk & Reward:
Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Agricultural Producers." The
session is supported by a grant from the Southern Extension Risk
Management Education Center and the USDA National Institute of Food and
  The BWCC cotton technical conferences, which will provide updates on
research and a look into the technology pipeline, will meet concurrently
beginning on the morning of January 4 and conclude by noon on January 5.
  The Ginning Conference, for example, will include several presentations
critical to cotton quality and efficient processing. Included will be
updates regarding ongoing ginning research, new equipment, and lint
contamination research/prevention. Results of the 2016 Gin Cost Survey
also will be presented. Beginning on the afternoon of January 3, the
National Cotton Ginners Association will hold several committee and
subcommittee meetings. A schedule of those meetings is at
  Registration costs for the 2018 BWCC before December 15 are: $200 for
NCC/Cotton Foundation members, university and USDA researchers, Extension
personnel, associations and consultants; $400 for non-NCC/Foundation
members; and $80 for students.   Information on the 2018 BWCC is at

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