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Vol. 45, No. 2 | Spring 2015

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Rising to the Challenge

Warehouse Receipts Exceed Early Estimates Plains Cotton Cooperative Association’s Warehouse Division employees have risen to the challenge to handle this year’s crop which is significantly larger than originally expected. The early estimates predicted the division would receive approximately 950,000 bales, and the estimate is now 1,150,000. When handling a crop of this magnitude, the Warehouse Division… Read more »

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The Ups and Downs of Cotton Production

2014 Crop in Review At the beginning of the 2014 crop year, farmers across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and New Mexico were praying for rain to be able to grow a successful crop. Nearing the end of the crop year, wet weather in some areas delayed the harvest and ginning operations. The abundance of moisture across… Read more »

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College Graduates Enhance Farm Operations

Young PCCA members have been putting their college degrees to use finding ways to incorporate technology onto the farm. As multigenerational farm families send the youngest off to college, traditions begin to change as new knowledge is brought home. As a fifth generation farmer near Post, Texas, Wes Mason is working with his family on… Read more »

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Meet the Young Farmers

Wes Mason Post, Texas Lubbock Cotton Growers Fifth Generation Farmer Married to Desta Mason Texas Tech University – Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics Biggest Influence: Ray and Charles Mason,Father and Grandfather Favorite Part of Farming: Using technology to aid in the decision making process and record keeping. Biggest Lesson Learned: Be wise… Read more »

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2014 Farm Bill Safety Net Program Deadlines

With the 2014 Farm Bill in effect, producers and landowners are required to elect new safety net programs before the deadlines released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is making efforts to provide online resources to producers and landowners to help them understand the programs before making decisions… Read more »

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PCCA Members Utilize Member Access

User-friendly, convenient and always up-to-date all describe PCCA’s Member Access System, one of the software services PCCA provides to its members and gins. In the last three years, there were 3,840 individual members who successfully signed on to the Member Access System bringing the total to 5,940 members. The system allows members to view important… Read more »

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The Golden Age of Farm News

Long before the Internet was netting, before the Twitterverse was tweeting, and before Facebooking became an action word, agricultural editors and farm broadcasters were the conduits for vital news reaching farmers and ranchers. During their distinguished careers, the following four men became trusted household names throughout the Southwest and beyond, and their combined lists of… Read more »

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