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  • Insect scouting critical as grain sorghum moves closer to harvest

    August 30, 2015

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    Grain sorghum producers in the central and upper Mid-South are entering that “witching hour” when they almost have the 2015 crop made, but not quite. While harvest has begun in the southern parts of the region, the bulk of the grain sorghum acreage in the central and north Delta is approaching the stage where growers will ...
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  • 4 questions to help plan your cover crops

    August 29, 2015

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    If you are considering implementing winter cover crops into your crop rotation this fall, the single biggest piece of advice that I can give you is to plan, plan, plan. The potential benefits of cover crops can be easily lost if you do not take the time to develop an effective cover crop management plan that ...
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  • Listen Now: AG Update with Mary Jane Burkley and Matt Williams

    August 19, 2015

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    Click on the links below to hear Ag Update with Mary Jane Burkley and Matt Williams as they talk about current cotton conditions, events and the Texas Tech Cotton Game.    
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  • Harvest aid application often a “balancing act”

    August 15, 2015

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    Ron Smith Weather plays a critical role in harvest aid application timing decisions. RELATED MEDIA Applying cotton harvest aids used to be described as about as much “art as science.” That may no longer be the case as years of research and experience have shown growers some objective criteria to follow in deciding when to apply harvest aid ...
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  • COTTON SPIN: Even more new crop tightening

    August 14, 2015

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    John Robinson The first benchmark of actual field-sampled cotton production came in the August USDA report.  The August report did three things that tightened up the picture for prospective U.S. production. First, the August report revised the cotton plantings number downward slightly, from 9 million to 8.9 million acres. More significantly, USDA raised expected abandonment from 5.5 ...
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  • New Game Warden Graduates are Gearing up to Join the Lubbock District

    August 12, 2015

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    The Newly Stationed Wardens Begin Work this Week in the Southern Plains Lubbock and surrounding areas— After seven months of training, the 59th Texas game warden cadet class graduated on July 28, and two of the 23 wardens will be heading to the Southern Plains. After several wardens transferred out of the local district, the remaining Lubbock ...
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  • Cotton market pressured by improving Texas crop

    August 7, 2015

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    By Duane Howell DTN Cotton CorrespondentAugust 6, 2015 15:03 Concerns about China contributed to the dive. Cotton on the Texas Plains has remained late, but weather has helped the crop to progress, agronomists say. Texas plantings “guesstimated” at 4.9 million acres, down from USDA’s June estimate of 5.2 million. Cotton futures closed sharply lower Thursday, extending a ...
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  • U.S. ‘Blessed with peanuts this year’ with U.S. acreage up 18 percent

    July 28, 2015

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    Much of the U.S. peanut crop was planted late, and some of those acres were further delayed by wet, cool conditions. But increased acreage—up 18 percent across the U.S. Peanut belt and 25 percent in the Southeast—could mean a lot of peanuts hitting the market this fall. “We are blessed with peanuts this year,” said Scott ...
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  • Drought officially over for Texas, most of Southwest

    July 23, 2015

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    Written by : Ron Smith For the first time since April, 2010, no part of Texas is considered in drought. And little of the state is currently considered abnormally dry. A sliver of yellow in the northwest Panhandle and a small yellow section in Central Texas, depicting abnormally dry status, are the only remaining areas close to ...
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  • Listen Now: Tony Young on Ag Update

    July 22, 2015

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    Our guest on Ag Update this week was Tony Young. Tony is the new Ag teacher for Meadow ISD. Click play below to listen to what Tony has planned for his first year at Meadow.
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