PCG EMAIL SERVICES: SEMINOLESENTINEL.COM - Gaines Gin Reports Processing 1st Cotton Bale in High Plains Region

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SEMINOLESENTINEL.COM - Gaines Gin Reports Processing 1st Cotton Bale in High Plains Region

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Monday, September 24, 2018
by Dustin Wright
Seminole Sentinel

Cotton produced just inside the northern boundary of the Andrews County line became the first processed by a gin within the High Plains region of Texas in the 2018 growing season, according to officials with the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

Officials with southwestern Gaines County based Oasis Gin reported to the Seminole Sentinel that the first bale of cotton for the region was processed at 3:18 p.m. Thursday afternoon and was grown by Midland farmer Clay Kemper. 

According to Oasis Gin officials, the 453 lbs bale of NexGen 4601 variety cotton was grown an area east of U.S. Hwy. 385 just inside the Andrews County line.

Oasis Gin officials stated through Monday morning, they had processed 83 bales of cotton for the 2018 growing season, with cotton grown by producers from Andrews and Yoakum Counties.

Gaines County area agriculture officials stated in passing conversations with the Seminole Sentinel, late last week the 2018 harvest season in Gaines County should begin ramping up in the "coming days and weeks."

According to the latest update by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, U.S. cotton farmers are forecast to produce 19.68 million bales this year, according to USDA's latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report.

USDA raised its forecast 447,000 bales on increased production in the southwest, southeast and Delta regions.

"We made some adjustments based on the certified acreage from the Farm Service Agency, and increased the planted acreage by 524,000 acres. That's up 3.9 percent from the August forecast to 14 million planted acres in cotton," Warren Preston, deputy chief economist for USDA, said.

The agency increased its estimated for harvested cotton acreage to 10.55 million acres from the 10.14 forecast in last month's report.

"That is down 4.9 percent from the previous season, while the planted acreage is up by 11.3 percent from last year," Preston.

There's a divergence this year between planted and harvested acreage the U.S. hasn't seen in a few years, according to Preston.

According to recent figures released by the PCG, the National Agricultural Statistics Service projected that Texas High Plains area growers will produce 3.945 million bales of upland cotton in 2018, a decrease from 2017 but close to what could be considered an average-sized crop for the area.

The September 12 NASS estimate is a 30,000-bale decrease from their August estimate of 3.975 million for the High Plains. The Northern High Plains estimate increased from 1.79 million bales in August to 1.915 million bales in September. NASS decreased slightly their estimate for the Southern High Plains from 2.185 million bales in August to 2.03 million in September.
Yield per acre decreased for the Northern High Plains, from 916 to 884 pounds. The Southern High Plains decreased from 723 pounds in August to 650 in September.

The Northern High Plains is projected to harvest 1.040 million acres, up 102,000 acres from the August report. Planted acres in the north also were adjusted slightly upward to 1.5 million acres. The Southern High Plains is expected to harvest 1.5 million acres, up slightly from 1.45 million in the August report. Abandonment rate for the High Plains region now is projected to be at about 53 percent. The long-term average is between 18 and 20 percent, and record abandonment for the area was 66 percent in 2011.

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