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NASS RAISES PRODUCTION ESTIMATES FOR
2014 COTTON CROP

November 14, 2014
By Mary Jane Buerkle

The National Agricultural Statistics Service appears to be a bit more optimistic about the 2014 cotton crop, as their most recent estimates showed increases in not only High Plains cotton production, but also statewide and nationwide.

The November Crop Production Report, released earlier this week, estimates that High Plains cotton growers will produce 3.745 million bales, up 50,000 bales from the October report. The Northern High Plains area increased by 20,000 bales, and the Southern High Plains increased by 30,000.

Yield per acre increased for the Northern High Plains from 765 pounds in October to 782 in the November estimate. The Southern High Plains also was raised from 531 pounds in October to 537 in November. Harvested acres remained the same as the October report – 565,000 in the NHP and 2,525,000 in the SHP.

Statewide, the production number increased by 150,000 bales from October, to 6.4 million bales. The nationwide estimate for upland cotton increased to 15.8 million bales, up slightly from October and up 29 percent from 2013.

However, the USDA's forecast for a larger crop was one factor in the cotton market freefall this week. December futures closed on Friday at 59.80 after trading in the mid-60s earlier in the week.

Cotton producers are beginning to get back in the fields and resume harvest after last week's widespread rainfall, with many locations receiving an inch or more. The High Plains recorded its first killing freeze earlier this week, but the rapid, drastic change in temperature that occurred, thanks to a cold front, could impact quality going forward, increasing the potential for bark.

For now, quality remains good, with 75 percent of samples at color grade 21 or 11 for the week in the Lubbock office. Staple length for the week was 35.5 and average micronaire 4.16. As of yesterday, the Lubbock office had classed 269,659 samples. At this point in the season last year, the Lubbock office had classed 702,417 samples, which further illustrates the delay in this year's crop.

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UPDATED LIST OF FARM BILL MEETINGS IN PCG AREA

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Farm Bill meetings:

Nov. 17 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Wolf Creek Heritage Museum, Lipscomb. More info: (806) 862-4601.

Nov. 18 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Blvd West, Amarillo. More info: (806) 373-0713.

Nov. 19 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Ochiltree County Expo Center, 402 Expo Drive, Perryton.
More info: (806) 435-4501.

Nov. 20 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Randall County Extension Office, 200 Brown Rd. Canyon.
More info: (806) 468-5543.

Nov. 25 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 9 a.m.-noon, Bovina Community Center, 215 North Street, Bovina.
More info: 806-272-4583

Nov. 25 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Pioneer Room at Silverton Happy State Bank, Main St., Silverton.
More info: (806) 823-2522.

Nov. 25 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Bailey County Electric, 610 American Blvd, Muleshoe.
More info: (806) 272-4583.

Dec. 1 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Brownfield Church of Christ Family Life Building, 506 N. Atkins, Brownfield. More info: (806) 637-4060

Dec. 4 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Hemphill Co. Exhibition Center, Canadian. More info: (806) 323-9114.

Dec. 8 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Armstrong County Activity Center, Claude. More info: (806) 226-3021.

Dec. 9 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 9 a.m., AgriLife Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Boulevard West, Amarillo.

Dec. 9 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 9 a.m.-Noon, Location TBD, Dimmitt. More info: (806) 647-4115.

Dec. 9 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 2:30 p.m. Plainview Country Club, 2902 West 4th Street, Plainview.

Dec. 10 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 8:30 a.m. Leroy Colgan Bldg., S. 10th St. & S. Houston St. at Forrest Park, Lamesa.

Dec. 10 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Oldham County Barn, Vega. More info: (806) 267-2692.

Dec. 10 - National Cotton Council Farm Bill/STAX/SCO Meeting, 1 p.m. Bayer Museum of Agriculture, 1121 Canyon Lake Drive, Lubbock.

Dec. 11 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., Roberts County Annex, 122 Water Street, Miami. More info: (806) 868-3191.

Dec. 16 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 10 a.m., War Memorial Building, Panhandle. More info: (806) 537-3882.

Dec. 19 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 9 a.m.-Noon, Floyd County Friends Unity Center, 990 FM 786, Lockney. More info: (806) 983-4912.

Dec. 19 - Farm Bill Decision Aid Tool Meeting, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Crosby Co. Extension Office, 201 W. Aspen, Crosbyton. More info: (806) 675-2347.

A complete list of all of these meetings is available on the Plains Cotton Growers website at http://www.plainscotton.org/mj/agconferences/agconferences.html.

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