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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...]

Multiple factors creating weed problems

July 29th, 2014

Ron Smith Jul 24, 2014 A combination of weather, changing tillage practices and herbicide resistance is creating trouble for farmers across the Southwest this summer. From South Texas, into the Texas High Plains and all the way into Kansas, weeds are proving difficult to manage. “Weeds in cotton are all over the board,” says Kerry  [more...]

Texas peanuts have potential for “above average” year

July 22nd, 2014

Ron Smith Jul 17, 2014 The Texas peanut crop has potential for “well above average yields, if we get favorable fall weather,” says Texas AgriLife Extension plant pathologist Jason Woodward, Lubbock. “The crop is doing well, though a little late,” Woodward says. Cool, overcast weather early delayed maturity a bit, “but peanuts are not as  [more...]

High Plains cotton mixed bag but overall a promising start

July 22nd, 2014

Ron Smith Jul 17, 2014 Cool, wet conditions early in the season set West Texas cotton up for unusually heavy seedling disease pressure, but the overall crop may make decent yields. “We still could see some seedling disease,” says Texas AgriLife Extension plant pathologist Jason Woodward, who works out of the Texas A&M Research and  [more...]

Ag Update – July 16

July 15th, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, at 9:30am, Mary Jane Buerkle and Rebecca Rivers will talk about the TALL Program. Rebecca is  the ag reporter at FOX34 in Lubbock and Mary Jane is Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Plains Cotton Growers , Inc. Remind your producer friends to tune in to [more...]

Hay availability good in spite of summer demand

July 15th, 2014

Logan Hawkes June 23, 2014   While drought conditions in Texas continue at some level in many areas across the state, cattle producers are finding more and better quality hay is available than in recent times. In fact, if early hay cutting reports are any indication, it could be an exceptionally good year for baled  [more...]

Wheat prices are 50 cents lower, now what?

July 15th, 2014

Kim Anderson July 7, 2014   Within the last two weeks, wheat prices have declined 50 cents, regained 10 cents, and then lost 18 cents. The Kansas City September wheat contract price was at $7.41 and, at this writing, is at $6.687. On May 7, the KC September wheat contract price peaked at $8.50. Is  [more...]

Ag Update – July 9

July 8th, 2014

Producers, listen to Dan Jackson (Ag Update announcer) and Bree Nelson (AgTexas Farm Credit Services) talk about the Farm Bill and insurance live on Ag Update at 9:30am Tuesday. Very informative! Tell your friends [more...]

Mixed conditions persist with Texas weather

July 8th, 2014

Ron Smith July 7, 2014   In spite of recent rainfall across much of the Southwest, large parts of Texas remain stuck in extreme and exceptional drought status. A band running from just north of the Dallas Metroplex, over to Vernon and up into the Panhandle all the way to the Oklahoma state line, is  [more...]

Efficiency, hard work are keys to peanut operation

July 8th, 2014

Ron Smith July 7, 2014 Doing as much of the work themselves as possible is a key to making an efficient peanut crop, say Isaac, John and George Guenther. They hire out only what’s necessary and even hoe peanuts themselves if they can’t find enough labor. They do all their own planting, plowing, digging, harvesting  [more...]

More restrictions on livestock movement in Texas

July 2nd, 2014

Logan Hawkes  July 1, 2014   With the additional case of equine Vesicular Stomatitus (VS) reported in Nueces County last week, raising the total number of Texas horses to 10 confirmed cases in four different South Texas counties, Louisiana becomes the latest state to impose enhanced requirements on horses and other livestock crossing their state  [more...]

Northeast Texas making wheat crop “for the record books”

July 2nd, 2014

Ron Smith  July 1, 2014   Northeast Texas wheat farmers are finishing up what many say will be the best crop they’ve ever made. Yields from the mid-70 bushel range up into triple digits are even more astounding considering that much of the crop suffered hard freeze damage more than once during the growing season.  [more...]

Ag Update – July 2

July 1st, 2014

Josh Reames, County Executive Director of Terry County FSA, will discuss Crop Certification, the Livestock Forage Program, and the County Committee Nomination period. Tell all your producer friends to tune in to Ag Update at 9:30am [more...]

Rainfall benefits outweigh short-term challenges

June 27th, 2014

Jun 26, 2014 by 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  [more...]