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  • Will wheat prices reach $6?

    August 1, 2015

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    At this writing, Oklahoma local elevator wheat prices range between $4.62 (southern) and $4.93 (northern), and in the Texas Panhandle, prices are around $4.67. The odds of $6 wheat during the next six months in Oklahoma and Texas are about 10 percent. But, miracles do happen. In mid-July 2011, the price of wheat was $6.71. The ...
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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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  • As farm bill implementation proceeds challenges remain for U.S. cotton

    July 19, 2015

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    Hembree Brandon | Delta Farm Press Even though implementation is still under way for programs included in the 2014 farm bill, there are “already amendments being introduced in Congress to try and weaken the legislation,” says Gary Adams, president and chief executive officer of the National Cotton Council. “Both from a market perspective and a policy perspective, ...
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  • Wettest year on record results in mixed bag for South Texas cotton and grain

    July 14, 2015

    As intermittent rain showers continue to fall across the Coastal Bend of Texas, farmers are reporting a mixed bag for grain sorghum and cotton crop progress in early July. The National Weather Service Corpus Christi Station is reporting the first six months of 2015 have now officially broken the 120-year weather record as the wettest on record, leaving ...
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  • High Plains Winegrowers hold Q&A session with notable California viticulturist

    July 11, 2015

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    Friday morning found many local vineyard owners and members of the High Plains Winegrowers scribbling notes during a Q&A style session at the Mallet Event Center in Levelland. The guest for the event was viticulturist Neil Roberts of Roberts Vineyard Services, which is based in Templeton, CA. It was a members-only event with Roberts fielding questions on ...
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  • WEST PLAINS IPM UPDATE

    July 10, 2015

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    This week the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension office put out a great article on current rain and crop conditions as well as potential insect problems for the western plains. Click on the link below for the full article. Agri Life Extension Letter
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  • Seed treatment losing punch against thrips?

    July 7, 2015

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    Linda Breazeale, Mississippi State University | Delta Farm Press Seed treatments have minimized thrips damage for the last decade, but farmers and entomologists fear some pesticides may be losing their punch in protecting cotton. Scientists at Mississippi State University and other universities across the Mid-South have been aggressively exploring options for controlling thrips damage in cotton. Angus Catchot, ...
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  • Texas farmers qualify for flood relief

    July 3, 2015

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    Jun 18, 2015 Logan Hawke USDA officials estimate farmers across the state are facing either flooded or inaccessible fields that could result in unharvested wheat or low-quality grain crops later this year. Crop damage may qualify farmers for low interest loans and other benefits from USDA. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the Farm Service Agency (FSA) will make ...
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