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Cotton Spin: Will We Really Have 17.5 Million Bales of U.S. Cotton?

September 2nd, 2014

John Robinson I feel uneasy questioning USDA forecasts.  This hesitancy is not a matter of patriotism; rather, it is because USDA is usually right, and I am usually wrong. But here goes. USDA’s August supply/demand projections saw another large upward adjustment in U.S. cotton production, from 16.5 to 17.5 million bales of production.  This follows a similar  [more...]

New Farm Programs Requires More Thought

September 2nd, 2014

Ron Smith The Agriculture Act of 2014 provides farmers with a safety net, but they’ll have to do a bit more preparation to take advantage of new programs, and, as with any change as sweeping as the alterations to farm policy included in this law, a few glitches are emerging as signup opportunities approach. “Farmers  [more...]

Ag Update – August 27, 2014

August 26th, 2014

Our 9:30am guest will be Birdsong Peanuts. Learn about how the peanut crop is going this year and what Birdsong anticipates at its plant [more...]

Rainfall Benefits Outweigh Short-term Challenges

August 26th, 2014

Ron Smith Rainfall in recent weeks has turned cotton prospects from horrible to hopeful across most of the Southwest, but increased moisture also exposed growers to other challenges—storm damage, plant disease and weed pressure. Given the alternative, they prefer facing the challenges that comes with moisture over the heartache that accompanies prolonged drought. “Suffice it  [more...]

Wheat and Other Grains Have Promising Future

August 26th, 2014

Ron Smith Mark Welch, Texas AgriLife Extension grain marketing economist, says it’s a good time to be in the grain business. Even with current price declines brought on by burdensome supplies, Welch sees a continuing trend for growing demand for wheat and other grains well into the future as populations grow and consumers look to  [more...]

Ag Update – August 20, 2014

August 19th, 2014

On Wednesday morning’s Ag Update Show at 9:30, Mary Jane Buerkle will visit with Chris Snodgrass from BE Implement. They will talk about agribusiness and discuss news from the implement side, especially the new cotton stripper that will be in the fields this fall [more...]

Texas Agriculture Takes A Hit From Russian Food Ban

August 19th, 2014

Dr. Luis Ribera, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service international trade economist, College Station. (AgriLife Communications photo by Rod Santa Ana) Blair Fannin, Texas AgriLife Extension Russia’s ban on U.S. agricultural products would be costly to U.S. agriculture but will also hurt Russian citizens, says a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. The ban could have  [more...]

Different Irrigation Methods Offer Varying Water Conservation Results

August 19th, 2014

Kay Ledbetter, Teas AgriLife Low energy precision application (LEPA) irrigation systems may mean as much as $100 per acre in improved irrigation efficiency, according to a new research report from Texas AgriLife Research and the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation. Farmers must not only identify but adopt the most efficient irrigation systems to improve water  [more...]

West Texas Dryland Cotton Needs More Rain

August 12th, 2014

Texas High Plains cotton was anywhere from the first week of bloom to the third by the first week of August, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Robert Burns) West Texas cotton is faring better than it has for the past three years. But the crop  [more...]

High Cattle Prices Have Changed Dynamics of Cattle Industry

August 12th, 2014

Blair Fannin, Texas AgriLife Historic high cattle prices have changed the financial dynamics of the cattle industry. Consequently, say Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists, Texas cattle producers looking to restock herds may need to examine more options. A recent Financial and Risk Management Assistance report outlined several factors for South Texas cattle producers to  [more...]

Cotton Spin: Continued weakness in cotton prices

August 5th, 2014

In a previous column I discussed how adjustments by USDA in projected U.S. cotton acreage abandonment and production have led me to adjust my price outlook, both higher (in May) and lower (in June).  July saw yet another change to USDA’s forecasts of cotton supply and demand variables. Besides bearish tinkering with the world numbers,  [more...]

Ag Update – August 6, 2014

August 5th, 2014

Jet Wilmeth will talk to us about the grape industry at 9:30am [more...]

Trio of pests threaten Texas crops and people

August 5th, 2014

The Aedes albopictus or Asian tiger mosquito (shown here) is one of the two mosquito species known to commonly transmit chikungunya. The other is Aedes aegypti. Both species are found in Texas. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Mike Merchant) Robert Burns and Paul Schattenberg , Texas AgriLife Texas AgriLife media specialists report this  [more...]

Ag Update – July 30, 2014

July 29th, 2014

We’ve had some rain in Terry County. Some places have had more than others and some places not nearly enough. Tune into Ag Update when the South Plains Underground Water Conservation District tells us the facts about our water status at 9:30am [more...]

$7 wheat on November 20, 2014

July 29th, 2014

Kim Anderson Jul 24, 2014 The KC September wheat contact broke the $6.36 support price. The new KC September wheat contract’s target price is about $6. To break the wheat price downtrend, the KC September wheat contract price needs to close above $6.60. With the KC September contract price below $6.36, the odds of $7  [more...]