PCG president sees challenges for cotton

Weather, as usual, will pose the biggest challenge for Texas High Plains cotton growers this year, says Craig Heinrich, president, Plains Cotton Growers.

“Weather is typically our No. 1 challenge,” Heinrich said at the conclusion of the 56thannual meeting for PCG in Lubbock. “We have come through two really, really dry years, including the worst drought in 100 years. So, we will be looking for rainfall and hope we can increase production.”

Henirich also mentoned the farm bill, or lack of one, as an issue that PCG will follow over the next few months. “We need a five-year farm progam so we can make long-term plans,” he said.

Water issues, especially regarding new limits from the High Plains Underground Water District No. 1, also warrants PCG attention. “We have already been working with the dsitrict,” he said. Efforts include a water management committee and having penalties suspended through the 2013 season.