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High Quality Cotton Pays Off for the U.S.

December 19th, 2014

For more years than most of us can count, cotton production has been driven by yield. Of course, growers like the technologies that make insect and weed control more manageable, and they also like the improved quality aspects that modern classing provides. However, the bottom line for any cotton variety – and the growers who  [more...]

Ag Update – Dec. 17

December 16th, 2014

Mary Jane Buerkle will host Ag Update at 9:30 on www.towntalkradio.com. Her guest will be Bree Nelson with AgTexas. Tune in for a very informative show! [more...]

Growth of the Texas Olive Industry

December 16th, 2014

Contrary to what many think, olive trees have been grown and have thrived in Texas for over a century. But growing olives for personal use and growing them for commercial production are not the same, says the Jim Henry, owner of Texas Olive Ranch near Carrizo Springs and founder of the Texas Olive Council. Henry  [more...]

AgriLife Extension entomologists brace for possible new ag pest

December 11th, 2014

Tawny crazy ant (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo courtesy Dr. Bill Ree) Tawny crazy ant has potential for profound effect on production agriculture, experts say The tawny crazy ant, a relative newcomer to the U.S., is expanding its range, causing concern among Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists, said a state entomology leader. “The  [more...]

Ag Update – Wed., Dec. 10

December 9th, 2014

Dan Jackson will be bringing you the latest in farm news at 9:30 Wednesday morning. Go to www.towntalkradio.com [more...]

Farmland values could decline slightly

December 9th, 2014

FARMLAND VALUES continue strong in the Southwest but are declining in other areas. Calling it a seller’s market in recent years, economists say the trend for higher farmland values over the last decade may have finally peaked and predict lower crop prices and the possibility of higher interest rates in the months ahead could cause  [more...]

Resistant-weed problems could be bad again next year

December 4th, 2014

ESCAPES late in the  season may be Roundup resistant pigweed, and producers should be prepared for heavy pressure next season. Roundup-resistant Palmer amaranth has been bad in the Texas High Plains and Rolling Plains this year. And it could be worse in 2015. Weather will play a role, say weed scientists Peter Dotray and Wayne  [more...]

COTTON SPIN : Looking Ahead to Next Year

December 2nd, 2014

Cotton market prospects for 2015 “are not that positive.” The holiday shopping season is in full swing. That should serve as a reminder that it is never too early to be thinking, or even shopping, for protection of next year’s cotton crop. The marketing plan for next year is obviously shaped by the price outlook.  [more...]

The Bottom Line of USDA’s Latest Cotton Projections

November 28th, 2014

COTTON SPIN November has brought the release of new USDA supply and demand projections for major U.S. crops. The government acronym for this report is WASDE, which sort of sounds like the dice game Yahtzee (and perhaps has some parallels to rolling the dice).The WASDE data are projections of important crop supply and demand variables,  [more...]

Ag Update – Nov. 26

November 26th, 2014

Meet the new AgriLife Extension agent Zach Bradshaw! [more...]

November 25th, 2014

If wading through abundant and often confusing programs and complicated provisions of the new farm law is difficult for seasoned farmers, imagine the difficulty for new and mid-size farmers who must navigate through the many pages of documentation necessary to understand what programs and assistance are available to them. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)  [more...]

Farm Bill Application Meetings

November 24th, 2014

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will be having a farm bill application meeting on Monday December 1st at the Brownfield  Church of Christ Family Life Center (506 N. Atkins)  in Brownfield TX from 1pm. To 4 pm. Dr. Jackie G. Smith the specialist for Extension Economic Management will be giving the presentation. Drinks and snacks will be  [more...]

Recent Freeze Came At Good Time For South Plains Cotton

November 20th, 2014

Cotton in some areas of the South Plains received 1 inch to 2 inches of snow on Nov. 16, according to reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county agents. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Burns) The Nov. 13-14 freeze came at a good time for South Plains cotton, which was running  [more...]

Ag Update – Wed., Nov. 19

November 18th, 2014

Mary Jane Buerkle will be interviewing Rowdy Bolen of High Plains Ag Magazine and High Plains Winegrowers on Ag Update at 9:30am Wednesday, November 19, at www.towntalkradio.com. Join us. This will be both informative and interesting! [more...]

Expert: Amid historic-high cattle prices, producers can capture extra dollars

November 18th, 2014

Data indicate continued strong consumer demand for beef, both domestically and for exports. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin) Even with cattle prices at historic highs, producers could still find potential to make extra dollars and possibly add more young cows to a herd at current prices. Dr. Levi Russell, AgriLife Extension  [more...]