Sorghum harvest will be down from 1999 TEXAS GRAIN sorghum production will be off more then 3 million pounds from last year, based on Texas Agricultural Statistics Service figures.

Statisticians peg 2000 grain sorghum production at 100,688,000 pounds compared to 104,076,000 in 1999.

Acreage declined from 3.1 million to 3.05 million and yield dropped from 3,528 pounds per acre in 1999 to 3,472 pounds per acre this year.

As grain sorghum harvest winds up in the Panhandle, those figures could drop even more, according to reports from the National Grain Sorghum Producers in Lubbock.

A NGSP spokesman said harvest of irrigated acreage in the Panhandle will begin early this month. Non-irrigated acreage was being harvested or abandoned in late September.

"We have no loss figures at this time," the spokesman said.

Late summer heat and drought took a heavy toll on dryland production throughout the Texas Plains.

In New Mexico, sorghum for grain harvested acreage is estimated at 140,000 acres, 5,000 more than last year. Yield is anticipated to reach only 40.0 bushels per acre due to drought conditions in the major growing area of the State. If realized, this would be 15 bushels less than in 1999. Production is estimated at 5.6 million bushels, 25 percent below last year.

Oklahoma grain sorghum producers expect yields to improve over last year. The Agricultural Statistics Service estimates a 49-bushel per acre yield, compared to 45 bushels last year. Total production will increase from 18 million bushels in 1999 to 20.9 million bushels this year.

Acreage also increased from 400,000 in 1999 to 410,000 in 2000.

There's more to our High Cotton Award than simply honoring top growers. By identifying the very best producers, we can share their successful methods with others.

And that's where you can help...by nominating someone you know who is qualified for this award.

Farm Press, publishers of Southeast Farm Press, Delta Farm Press, Southwest Farm Press, and Western Farm Press, in cooperation with the Cotton Foundation, is sponsoring the High Cotton award program.

Our 2000 winners were honored at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences earlier this year at San Antonio, Texas.

The objective of the program is to promote technology that has been developed by researchers, Extension, consultants, industry, and growers to help American cotton farmers produce more profitable, higher quality crops - while demonstrating a concern for the environment.

One part of the program is to identify and recognize those growers, and to share their successful methods with others.

That's where you come in. Tell us who you think would qualify for a High Cotton award, based on these important criteria:

- The nominee must be a full-time grower, in one of the four cotton belt regions (Southeast, Mid-South, Southwest, Far West) who achieves a profitable return from growing cotton.

- The nominee must produce cotton that is of consistently high quality.

- The nominee must use environmentally sound production methods.

Here's how you can nominate a grower for the 2001 High Cotton award:

Any cotton grower, agribusiness representative (equipment, fertilizer, feed/seed dealer, distributor, etc.), Extension agent, farm advisor, consultant, university researcher, or others involved in production agriculture or agribusiness, may submit a nomination.

The deadline for submitting nominations is August 31, 2000.

Judging will begin in September and in November, High Cotton finalists will be chosen for each of the four cotton growing regions.

The winner from each region will receive an expense-paid trip for two to the 2001 Beltwide Cotton Conferences at Anaheim, California, where the awards will be presented.

We're counting on you to help us find those very special growers who deserve High Cotton recognition by nominating someone you feel is qualified.

Nomination forms and additional information may be obtained from:

Sandy Perry High Cotton Coordinator Farm Press P.O. Box 1420 Clarksdale, MS 38614 Phone 662/627-0150

Write or phone for a nomination form today!