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Northern High Plains cotton acres more than double in past 5 years

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• By Kay Ledbetter • Cotton acreage continues to boom in the Texas High Plains north of Interstate 40, more than doubling in the past five years. Whether that is due to water savings or projections for improved profitability, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists don’t foresee a slowdown in growth in the near future. Since 2013, there has been ... Read More »

Cotton a key player in north Texas Panhandle water conservation

cotton requires less water than corn

• By Kay Ledbetter • As crop production plans are adapting to the declining water levels in the Ogallala Aquifer, cotton is playing an increasingly important role in water conservation. While relatively new to the northern Texas Panhandle, cotton has a role in the region’s water conservation plan, as many farmers are proactively adopting drought-tolerant crops to extend the life ... Read More »

Lonestar Gin Up And Running

lone star gin

The Pampa, Texas, Facility Was Built To Gin 150,000 Bales Per Year. Over the past two decades, cotton acreage has expanded significantly into the Texas Panhandle. Corn has historically been a mainstay crop in this area, but diminishing irrigation capacity and rotational crop needs have many growers seeking profitable alternatives. Gins are critical infrastructure to ensure timely cotton processing. The ... Read More »

USDA-NASS Issues Season’s First Estimates For The Texas High Plains

high plains cotton

• By Mary Jane Buerkle • In its first official crop production estimates for the Texas High Plains this season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service pegged the 2019 upland cotton crop at 4.93 million bales harvested from 3.63 million acres. Planted acres are estimated at 4.44 million, reflecting a projected 18% abandonment rate, which is about ... Read More »

Northerly Migration

ag producers co-op seed warehouse

Construction of new and larger gins mirrors increasing cotton acres in the north Texas High Plains • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • The number and sheer size of cotton gins in the north Texas High Plains continues to grow, fueled by burgeoning cotton acres. Although the region doesn’t have the groundwater reserves it once had, it still has a better ... Read More »