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  • 9 Houseplants That Clean The Air And Are Basically Impossible To Kill

    March 31, 2015

    Pop quiz: which is more polluted, indoor air or outdoor air? 10 times out of 10, indoor air in your house, office or apartment is going to be worse than the air outside. Indoor air pollution has been ranked among the top 5 greatest risks to public health by the EPA, and stagnant indoor air ...
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  • U.S. peanut acreage could bump above 1.6 million for 2015

    March 31, 2015

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    Estimates across the peanut-producing states indicate planting intentions for 1.625 million acres, a 20 percent increase. That’s up from 1.35 million acres last year. Conservative estimates indicate 2015 U.S. peanut acreage will be up about 15 percent over last year. That’s enough to keep pressure on prices, considering a 922,000-ton carry forward and not enough increase ...
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  • Seed Cost Calculator

    March 22, 2015

    South Plains Cotton Growers has there 2015 seed cost calculator available on their website. Farmers are looking extensively at how they can cut cost and still produce quality cotton each year. Here is another great tool that will help our farmers in preparing for the upcoming growing season. Click here to download the Calculator.  PCGseed15
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  • COTTON SPIN: External influences to cotton prices

    March 18, 2015

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    USDA’s March supply and demand report was a non-event for cotton. The March U.S. cotton balance sheet was not changed compared to the February numbers. The March projections of world supply and demand contained no real surprises either. USDA lowered the estimate of world production by 130,000 bales, with decreases in Central Asia and elsewhere outweighing ...
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  • PLC versus ARC may depend on the dollar index

    March 12, 2015

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              The most important and uncertain market factor may be the value of the U.S. dollar relative to other currencies, which will likely influence whether PLC or ARC will be the most profitable decision At this writing, wheat may be forward contracted for harvest delivery for about $5.10. This price is the KC July wheat contract price ...
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  • AgriLife Extension hosting sorghum meetings in Dimmitt and Levelland

    March 11, 2015

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    AMARILLO – Sorghum Education: Soil, Irrigation and Weed Management will be the focus of two regional sorghum meetings planned for March 26 and April 6 in Dimmitt and Levelland, respectively, by the Texas  A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “These programs were planned to provide in-depth education towards issues identified as important to producers,” said Danny Nusser, AgriLife ...
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  • Crop Insurance Monitor: Stretch Your Risk Comfort Zone

    March 10, 2015

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                  When it comes to crop insurance, the majority of the country has been a bit spoiled in recent years. In addition to covering their cost of production, many farmers have been able to lock in a profit all before putting a seed in the ground. This won’t be the case for 2015 as revenue guarantee levels ...
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  • Have Farmers Become Too Exposed to Price Risk?

    March 5, 2015

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                  When University of Illinois professor Gary Schnitkey looks at the current projections for commodity prices and farm bill program payments, he gets a little nervous for the American farmer. “Farm income has always been price-sensitive, but now farm programs are also price-sensitive and have payment limits,” Schnitkey said at the USDA’s 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum in Arlington, ...
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  • New Farm Bill Guarantees No Payments

    March 3, 2015

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                    JOE OUTLAW, Extension economist and co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center in College Station, reviews some paperwork with El Campo, Texas, rice producer  L.G. Raun, at the Texas Ag Forum. Joe Outlaw may have worn out a few suitcases over the past few months as he traveled across the country explaining the new farm ...
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  • Creating Drought-Tolerant Plants By Hacking Their Natural Responses

    February 26, 2015

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    Which new technique will help plants survive with less water? Rainless skies. Dwindling water supplies. Dried-out plants. Droughts and water shortages threaten economies, food supplies and even lives. And with droughts unprecendented in the last 1,200 years underway and likely more to come, scientists have long been pushing to help farmers by making their crops more drought tolerant. In a new ...
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