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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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  • Ag Update – Feb. 25

    February 24, 2015

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    Zach Bradshaw is at the San Antonio Stock Show. Mary Collier will be the guest for Texas AgriLife Extension-Terry County.
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  • GO AHEAD, EAT YOUR FROOT LOOPS WITHOUT FEAR

    February 24, 2015

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                  How do you like your cereal – with a little bit of milk and DNA? The newest and latest claims made by the anti-GMO crowd have surfaced lately in relation to cereal, namely Froot Loops. According to GMO Free USA, consumers need to be careful when purchasing their favorite fruity breakfast food: In 2013, GMO Free USA ...
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  • Cotton Spin: A tightening U.S. cotton situation

    February 19, 2015

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                The first half of February has given us two new bits of information that reinforce a somewhat tighter picture for the 2015 U.S. cotton crop. It is not enough to result in a bullish outlook, but it has at least moved me from bearish to neutral. First, the National Cotton Council released the results of their ...
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  • Stronger dollar could hurt US commodity exports

    February 17, 2015

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                  Strong is good and weak is bad, at least when it comes to the U.S. dollar, or so we have been told. But while a strong dollar value has long been linked to a strong U.S. economy, not everything that glitters (pardon the pun) is gold. While a strong U.S. dollar seems to be a good ...
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  • Root Knot Nematodes Common Culprit of Yield Loss

    February 12, 2015

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    PhytoGen® brand variety PHY 417 WRF yielded more than 3 bales to the acre on the Holladay farm near Lamesa, Texas. It’s been said that where there are sandy soils, there are root knot nematodes (RKN). In West Texas, particularly in the Southern High Plains and the Permian Basin, cotton acreage is indeed plagued with RKN. ...
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  • STAX SCO? Which to choose

    February 10, 2015

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            Cotton farmers have new risk management tools for 2015. Acronyms in the Agricultural Act of 2014 relating to cotton look more like a bad rack of tiles on a Scrabble board than programs that offer a safety net for producers caught by income losses. STAX SCO–what can you make out of that? Ideally, a bit more protection than ...
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  • Our View: American Agriculture Remains a Driving Force Behind America’s Success

    February 5, 2015

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    “The farm – best home of the family, main source of national wealth, foundation of civilized society, the natural providence.” One will find these wise words inscribed on the façade of Union Station in Washington, D.C. The historic site was built around the turn of the century when the nation was experiencing progress of every kind. ...
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