Logan Hawkes

Logan
Hawkes
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Farmers are asking if El Niño is here to stay, and when will the rains end
It's not very often that farmers and ranchers complain about the rain. For them, not only is water the essence of life, it is paramount to the success of their agricultural operations. But when is too much rain enough?
Weed explosion across coastal Texas
Since glyphosate-resistant water hemp and Palmer amaranth have been discovered in Texas in recent years, an exceptionally wet fall and winter and now spring season is causing concern that the growing season, while off to a good start, is also prime time for an exceptional uptick in weed problems across wide areas of Texas.
Fever tick fight escalates on Texas border
"We're down here chasing fever ticks," reports Dawna Michalke, Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Region 3 inspector.
China wants more US sorghum
The popularity of grain sorghum this year is fueled by stable prices in place since last year.
Planting deadlines pass for South Texas farmers
According to the National Weather Service, rainfall amounts between 6 and 10 inches fell across wide areas of the Coastal Bend over the last two weeks .
New Mexico dairymen agree to monitor pollutants
Because of multiple years of a debilitating drought, water flows in the Rio Grande have dropped dramatically, as they have in a pair of area reservoirs, the primary source of irrigation water to farmers in the region.
SCA pre-plant update from South Texas
In just one and-a-half growing seasons, South Texas producers suffered significant losses to white sugarcane aphid infestations.
Making electricity with manure goal of new grant 1
According to USDA, more and more agricultural operations are investing in alternative energy sources.
NM Extension warning to watch for sugarcane aphids
The sugarcane aphid has cost Texas sorghum growers more than $38 million in losses since it was first detected along the mid-coast region of the state late in 2013.
Border donkey tests positive for Glanders
One of the five donkeys subsequently tested positive for Glanders, a highly contagious, bacterial disease of the equine family.
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria discovered in West Texas feedlot
Study raises possible concerns over the transmission of resistant bacteria into the environment and its subsequent interaction with the human population.
Avian flu warnings high over US outbreak
While U.S. poultry producers enjoyed one of the most profitable years on record in 2014, averaging margins of 13 percent before interest and tax, concerns are mounting within the industry as Avian influenza (AI) continues to spread worldwide, including to a number of states in the U.S.
Changes in Gulf Coast land cover reported
Nothing remains as it was. Great plains that once stretched for miles untouched by plow or highway have, in recent times, become the bread basket of modern agriculture.
It could be a historically wet spring season in Southwest
While folk history would have us believe that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, National Weather Service forecasters are saying just the opposite is true when it comes to an infrequent climate development in the Pacific Ocean, one that can cause an exceptionally wet spring for parts of the Southwest this year.
Boosting rural America remains priority
U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed the need to boost rural economies while complementing production agriculture as the latest farm bill is rolled out.
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