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COTTON NEWS from Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. - September 21, 2018
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SEVENTH ANNUAL "CELEBRATE COTTON" EVENT
HIGHLIGHTS REGION'S MAJOR INDUSTRY

Friday, September 21, 2018
By Mary Jane Buerkle

Cotton once again took a national stage on Saturday, September 15, as
Texas Tech partnered with the Texas High Plains cotton industry for the
seventh annual Celebrate Cotton game.

Those attending or watching the game not only were treated to a 63-49 Red
Raider win over the Houston Cougars, but also enjoyed several
cotton-themed elements that highlighted the relationship between Texas
Tech and one of the region's largest economic drivers.

Sixty cotton bales were placed around the stadium and in the stadium club
areas, wrapped with banners that either had a logo or a fun fact about
cotton. Farmers Cooperative Compress was instrumental in that effort.
Hurst Farm Supply and Wylie Implement and Spray Centers brought several
large pieces of equipment, including cotton harvesters, sprayers and
tractors, displayed with signage describing how each is used on the farm,
and how much of an investment growers must make when purchasing them. PCG
teamed up with Capital Farm Credit to host a tailgate event. About 4,000
100 percent cotton T-shirts were distributed near the southwest gate of
the stadium, where gameday sponsors hosted booths. The Texas Tech Ag
Ambassadors distributed literature about the cotton industry and
represented the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

On Thursday, September 13, more than 50 models took the runway in
cotton-rich clothing at South Plains Mall at the fourth annual Celebrate
Cotton Runway Show, coordinated by Susan Everett with the National Cotton
Council; Valerie Hlavaty and students in the Texas Tech Retail Management
Program; Lynette Wilson with ARMtech; Christi Chadwell with The Cotton
Board; and Ashley Knox with South Plains Mall. Sponsors of the show were
South Plains Mall, ARMtech, Plains Cotton Growers, Plains Cotton
Cooperative Association, and Cotton Incorporated. The USDA-AMS Cotton and
Tobacco Program had a display booth at the event. Retail partners included
B&B Boutique, Buckle, Dillard's, Dorothy Gene's, Eddie Bauer, Get Gussied
Up, H&M, Hot Topic, Premiere Cinemas, PINK, and Victoria's Secret.

Additional events during the week included meetings of the West Texas
Agricultural Chemicals Institute, Texas Ag Industries Association, and the
Texas Cotton Association. The Lubbock Cotton Exchange, TCA and the Texas
Independent Ginners Association also hosted a golf tournament. Farm
Journal Media also hosted their inaugural College Roadshow, in which
AgriTalk and the U.S. Farm Report recorded and broadcasted live from Jones
AT&T Stadium and discussed cotton-related issues. BASF hosted a tour and a
tailgate at their Seed Innovation Center.

"We would like to thank Texas Tech Athletics and everyone who had a hand
in the success of the entire Celebrate Cotton event, and there are many,"
PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said. "These events continue to
be an excellent opportunity to showcase the importance of the cotton
industry in this region."

Partners for Celebrate Cotton include Nutrien Ag Solutions; Cavender's;
BASF; City Bank; FiberMax; AgTexas Farm Credit Services; Netafim; NexGen;
CROPLAN (Winfield United); Hurst Farm Supply; and Wylie Implement and
Spray Centers. Photos of the week, along with video from the runway show,
are available on PCG's Facebook page at
http://www.facebook.com/plainscottongrowers.
   
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PCCA ANNOUNCES YEAR-END CASH DISTRIBUTION
OF $30.71 MILLION TO ITS GROWER-OWNERS

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
From PCCA

Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Cooperative Association today announced fiscal
year-end further cash distribution to its grower-owners totaling $30.71
million at the cooperative's 65th Annual Meeting. The distribution, to be
completed this month, consists of $15.90 million in cash dividends and
$14.81 million in stock retirements and base capital plan retirements.
PCCA's Warehouse Division also received a record 2,155,212 bales as of
June 30, 2018.

"The power of volume was evident once again this year," PCCA President and
CEO Kevin Brinkley reported. "Our revenues this year were a function of
better prices and a big crop. The high volume created additional value by
helping us be a preferred supplier to many merchandisers and mills. That
same volume also lowers the per bale cost of operation by spreading our
total expenses over more bales. Last season, it was one of the lowest in
recent years. All of this contributes to the net margins of the company,
and being a co-op, it all goes back to its owners." Brinkley also reported
on the performance of PCCA's warehouse operations.

"Our Warehouse Division faced unprecedented challenges last season with a
crop that was 30 percent larger than the previous record set just last
year," Brinkley said. "The volume handled at our warehouses was driven by
increased acres in areas that don't traditionally grow cotton and very
favorable weather in some areas. The record number of bales presented a
very narrow path to success and I am pleased to report that every bale was
stored under roof. Furthermore, PCCA's Warehouse Division shipped cotton
faster than at any time in the company's history."

In other business during the annual meeting, PCCA grower-owners re-elected
Lexie Fennell, District 3, and Eddie Smith, District 4, to the board of
directors. Kody Carson was elected director from District 2 to replace the
retiring Mark True, and Randy Smith was elected director from District 5 to
replace the retiring Charles Macha. 

Founded in 1953, PCCA is a marketing cooperative owned by farmers in
Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico and is dedicated to supplying
sustainably-grown, high-quality cotton fiber around the world. In addition
to cotton marketing based in Lubbock, Texas, PCCA also owns cotton
warehouse facilities in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas and develops and offers
software programs and networks to local co-op gins that help add value to
their grower-owners' cotton. 

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UPCOMING SEED COTTON PROGRAM MEETINGS, CROP TOURS AND FIELD DAYS

September 24 - Seed Cotton Program Educational Meeting, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.,
Ollie Liner Center, 2000 S. Columbia, Plainview. More info: Texas A&M
AgriLife Extension - Hale County, 806-291-5267.

September 25 – NexGen Field Day, 10:30 a.m., Texas Tech Quaker Farm, 200
N. Quaker, Lubbock. Lunch provided. More info: Americot, 806-793-1431, or
your local NexGen representative.

September 27 - BASF Cotton Production Field Day, BASF Cotton Breeding
Station, 1405 E. Loop 289, Lubbock. Plot Tours, Lunch and Door Prizes.
Registration 9 a.m. More info: (806) 730-4400.

October 3 – NexGen Field Day, 9 a.m., AgriSearch, Inc., Farm, Edmonson.
Donuts and coffee provided. Americot, 806-793-1431, or your local NexGen
representative.

October 4 - Seed Cotton Program Educational Meeting, 9 a.m., Crosbyton
Library, 114 W. Aspen St., Crosbyton. More info: Texas A&M AgriLife
Extension - Crosby County, 806-675-2347.

If you have a meeting or conference to add to this list, please
email maryjane at plainscotton.org or call (806) 792-4904.

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COTTON BOARD SEEKS PHOTOS FOR 2019 CALENDAR PHOTO CONTEST

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
From The Cotton Board

The Cotton Board wants to see your best cotton photos. One winning photo
will be selected and featured in The Cotton Board's 2019 Industry Calendar.

To be eligible to win, contestants must first "like" The Cotton Board
Facebook page and then email their high-res jpeg photo to
sgorman at cottonboard.org. Up to three entries per contestant will be
considered. The contest ends on October 5, 2018. Cotton Board staff will
vote to determine the winning photo.

The Cotton Board calendar is an industry staple and is mailed to every
cotton producer and ginner in the U.S.

The winner will have their photo, along with photo credit, featured in the
2019 calendar and will also receive a cotton prize pack, including 25
copies of the calendar to share with friends and family, and other cotton
prizes.

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NEW "FOCUS ON COTTON" WEBCAST PROVIDES
ENERGY-SAVING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COTTON GINS

Thursday, September 20, 2018 
From The Cotton Board

Energy costs represent 20 percent of the total cost of ginning and vary
widely across facilities. Identifying best practices for reducing energy
consumption is important to gin owners, managers, and operators.

In "Saving Energy in Cotton Gins," a new webcast in the "Focus on Cotton"
series, Paul A. Funk, agricultural engineer for the USDA–ARS, Southwestern
Cotton Ginning Research Laboratory in Mesilla Park, New Mexico, makes
energy-saving recommendations based on energy audits and monitoring
studies conducted at more than 30 commercial cotton gins across the U.S.
Cotton Belt. Key recommendations address pneumatic conveying and fuel
consumption:
* Pneumatic conveying represents 50 percent of the electrical energy used
by a typical gin. Usage can be reduced by sealing leaks in air ducts,
minimizing turbulence before and after fans, reducing pressure drops by
simplifying flow paths, and using mechanical conveyors where practical. 
* Fuel consumption represents 6–8.5 percent of the total cost of ginning.
Usage can be reduced by insulating the hottest ducts, minimizing the
distance between burners and cotton pickup points, and adding automatic
controls with temperature sensing in recommended locations. 

Funk also points out that environmental stewardship and economic
sustainability are both served through improved energy use.

This 9.5-minute presentation is available through the "Focus on Cotton"
resource on the Plant Management Network. This resource contains more than
75 webcasts, along with presentations from five conferences, on a broad
range of aspects of cotton crop management: agronomic practices, diseases,
harvest and ginning, insects, irrigation, nematodes, precision agriculture,
soil health and crop fertility, and weeds. These webcasts are available to
readers open access (without a subscription).

The "Focus on Cotton" homepage also provides access to "Cotton
Cultivated," a new resource from Cotton Incorporated that helps users
quickly find the most current cotton production information available.
These and other resources are freely available courtesy of Cotton
Incorporated at www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/foco.

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