December 1, 2006
The rebuilding of the Lubbock gin has resulted in a delay in getting our samples processed. Hopefully, we will be scheduled in the near future.
Attached is a blank gin sheet that will need to be filled out and sent with your cotton samples. The seven digit sample number is a combination of three numbers; the county number is the first three digits, the producer or plot number is digits 4 and 5, and the sample is assigned a number between 01 and 99 which makes up digits 6 and 7. By using this code it helps to keep samples from getting lost. Try to have your gin samples between 600 and 650 grams. Thanks. If anything changes I will let you know.
Don't forget to send me your cooperators information. Attached is the information I need to help in writing up the result demonstration reports. It provides the information needed for the methods and materials section of the report. You should already have this completed; if not try to get the information when you are harvesting the plot.
The Beltwide Cotton Conference will be held in New Orleans, Lousiana, January 9-12, 2007. This is an excellent meeting for increasing your knowledge about cotton production. The shorten format should be more conducive to all participants.
Linked is the answers to all of the questions in your cotton handbook.
I didn't get many of the Agripro Wheat Demonstration Seed Distribution Agreements back. Please get these filled out soon and send them back to me. Thanks! Linked is this years form, to make this easy, just list everything you are planting in the test plot; that way you know it is covered (Agripro Wheat Demo Seed Distribution Agreement).
Due to the lack of soil moisture, several producers have not planted. However, I would expect most of this acreage will be planted before December 15. Due to the impact of cooler temperatures on germination and emergence, planting depth will need to be reduced. The wheat seed should be placed 1.25 to 1.75 inches deep (depending on variety), and the seeding rate should be a minimum of 60 pounds per acre. The seedbed will need to be firm to keep air from reaching the developing root system. For the wheat already established, rainfall is needed to keep this crop growing. Several acres of wheat are growing very slowly due to moisture stress and/or lack of needed nutrients.
An inadequate amount of nitrogen is available in some small grain acreage. When the need for nitrogen is not met, small grain plant growth is slower than expected and plant coloration is light green to yellow. An application of nitrogen should be beneficial, however, producers should give special consideration to the type of fertilizer applied. The best choice is going to be ammonium nitrate because half of the nitrogen is in a form that is available to the plant at the time of application. This results in a quick response to the fertilizer applied. Other types of fertilizer have to be converted to a form used by the plant and this conversion is slowed by the cool temperatures.
Due to the limited soil moisture supply a number of weed control tests have been postponed until after the first of the year. If the opportunity to establish a test does occur, please let me know as soon as possible so necessary preparations can be made.
Considerations of late planted wheat:
For those of you looking for information on weed identification and control, the http://twig.tamu.edu URL may be one you want to bookmark. This site is intended to be a one stop site for information concerning weed identification, herbicide injury and weed control.
On December 13, a five-hour CEU course will be held at the Taylor County Extension Office. This training is being hosted by Texas Cooperative Extension and the Texas Department of Agriculture. The target audience is ag producers and home owners. For more details and to register for the meeting call Gary Bomar at (325) 672-6048.
After many years of having computers around you take it for granted that everyone has some knowledge. In a conversation with a friend the use of a pickup for comparison purposes worked well to make a few points. The processor speed is like the engine--the more power the faster; so for most they would be looking at a 3 gHz speed desktop or a 2.2 gHz laptop. The hard drive is like hauling capacity--it is hard to load two tons on a half ton pickup; so get all you need (most of the desktops come with 160 gigs and laptops with 100 gigs). RAM is like the carburetor, you would not run a 400 horsepower engine using a one barrel carburetor so don't limit the computer processing (512 megs is good and 2 gigs is better). With a large electric demand a power supply should be selected to match your need, for most desktop systems that will be more than 400 watts. Like RAM for the motherboard (processor) you will need RAM to drive the video side also, 256 MB is a good starting point. Everything else is options. You will probably want a DVD reader/writer; a minimum of four USB ports, a great monitor, 3.5 inch floppy drive (if you still use them), digital card reader for the people using digital cameras, and the operating system will probably be Windows something. If they will throw in the Microsoft Suite that is a bonus. I'm not slighting Macintosh they are great machines used by a lot of graphic artist. You should be able to get the desktop with a monitor for $1,400. The laptop would be about $200 more.
If your looking for a digital camera you might want to read some reviews at one of the following sites: http://www.dpreview.com/ or http://www.steves-digicams.com/