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Cattle TB confirmed in Texas Dairies

January 22nd, 2015

While Texas State Veterinarian Dr. Dee Ellis says this week’s confirmation of Cattle tuberculosis (TB) in dairy herds at two Panhandle facilities is not expected to affect Texas’ TB-free status, animal health officials say they will immediately begin testing dairy, calf-raising and dairy heifer-raising operations in Texas and other states with epidemiological links to the  [more...]

Falling Oil Prices Good and Bad For Agriculture

January 20th, 2015

It doesn’t require a rocket scientist to explain in simple terms that falling oil prices translate into lower prices at the pump, and a simple calculator will easily demonstrate that lower fuel prices equate to lower production costs on the farm—not only input costs but the cost of transporting the crop to market. So for  [more...]

Counties In Southwest Declared Disaster Areas

January 15th, 2015

In spite of the return of beneficial rains across the Southwest in 2014, persistent drought continued to plague farmers and ranchers across a broad area of the region causing hardships and significant agricultural losses for many. United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday (Jan. 7) that USDA has designated a number of  [more...]

Ag Update – Jan. 14, 2015

January 13th, 2015

Listen in at 9:30am as Dan Jackson talks cotton. He’s got gin reports to share with you! [more...]

China Still Big Factor In Cotton Market

January 13th, 2015

A year ago this winter, the main question that would determine the course of cotton prices for the coming year revolved around China’s cotton reserve policy. Fast-forward to the winter of 2015 and we have a few answers to that question, though the big picture remains unclear. Uncertainty the last couple of years has been  [more...]

Oil and corn prices a lesson to wheat producers

January 8th, 2015

Who would have predicted that gasoline prices would be below $2 per gallon (down from $3.50 in June 2014), that oil prices would be below $50 per barrel (down from $110 in August 2014), and that Perryton, Texas, corn prices would bottom out below $3.40 (down from a peak of $8.90 in August 2012)?  Wheat  [more...]

Ag Update – Jan. 7

January 6th, 2015

Time to wind up the old year and plan for the new. Matt Pruner from National Resources Conservation Service will update our Ag community on the latest information. Tune in at 9:30am Wednesday, January  [more...]

Water Availability Limiting Factor In Ag Production

January 6th, 2015

Not too long ago, J. Allen Carnes and his father made crop planting decisions based on market conditions, what they expected would be in demand several months down the road. “That’s no longer the case,” Carnes said during the opening session of the Texas Plant Protection Association’s 26th Annual Conference in early December at the  [more...]

Wheat Price Trend Tilting To the Upside

December 30th, 2014

Wheat prices are on an up-trend. Since the October’s KC March contract low price of $5.54, each price peak has been higher than the last peak, and each price low has been higher than the last low price. The latest high was $6.66 (December 2). This high was followed by a low of $6.10 (December  [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...]

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...]

Commentary by Dan Jackson

November 13th, 2014

There is no subsidy for cotton in the new farm bill due to a lawsuit from Brazil stating that U.S. government subsidies make unfair trade practices for other countries. We paid Brazil $147 million a year for about five years to settle this case, and supposedly, it is over, but an article in Farm Press  [more...]

FSA Encourages Farmers To Work With Decision Tools

November 4th, 2014

It’s a busy time for Farm Service Agency (FSA) employees across the nation as they assist farmers and ranchers in signing up for new assistance programs, field questions about a farm bill that’s radically different from any program in recent memory and go through comprehensive training sessions to master those new programs. “It’s a complex  [more...]