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Uptick in Deep South Texas cotton harvest expected in late July
“We seem to have a very heavy fruit load this year. Driving across the region the last few days I saw many fields of solid white."
USDA initiative can help lower variable crop input costs
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says his agency is committed to developing programs that help rural businesses and communities, with the ultimate goal of providing better services and, if possible...lowering overall costs to farmers and other rural businesses.
Supreme Court could move forward with water rights lawsuit
The written complaint charges New Mexico with failure to live up to the terms of a multi-state water management agreement on how to distribute and manage the waters of the Rio Grande River.
The future of farming is new technology
...science and innovation is still outpacing the agricultural industry's ability to implement invention as fast as it is introduced and made available on the market.
Feds hail new drone rules
... the rules have cleared the way for use of drones by farmers and ranchers and define the requirements and provisions to conduct remote sensing over farms and ranches.
High Court ruling tough news for New Mexico farmers
Farm and ranch supporters say decision will hurt NM agriculture industry.
Pest pressure increases in South Texas cotton
"Right now we're spraying cotton about every seven days," reports Russ Brandon who farms about 800 acres of cotton in southern Nueces County.
2016 South Texas sorghum harvest gallery
From the Texas Coastal Bend to the Rio Grande Valley, grain producers are reporting average to good yields for grain sorghum and corn.
Hatch chile growers get support from federal court
Hatch chile has gained widespread notoriety in culinary circles and has quickly become a favorite among food fans across the entire Southwest region and beyond.
War against HLB advances with new acoustic tool
New technology and defense systems have been and are continuing to be developed in agriculture's ongoing battle against citrus greening.
Yellow cotton and other problems reported after South Texas rains
Crop damage from rain events and floodwaters are becoming evident in many fields, especially in cotton and corn along the affected coastal corridor.
Study shows pollinators help Texas cotton producers
Increasing the diversity of pollinator species around cotton fields—including bees, flies and butterflies—can dramatically increase yields.
Wet spring mixed blessing for South Texas vegetable producers
Most producers say they benefited from rain showers, though wet fields created problems for onion and cabbage harvest in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Taxing red meat, the danger of over-reacting to an environmental issue
Most of us in the 21st Century agree that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a worthy practice to help protect the environment of our planet. This is arguably true when it comes to one of the latest proposals to help reduce the environmental footprint of livestock production by imposing a red meat tax on consumers.
Some Texas farmers reporting crop damage after storms, others say 'wait and see'
Texas AgriLife Extension teams who have been surveying weather damages across Texas including hard hit areas in the southeast part of the state say there have been reports of corn crops submerged by flood waters, but grain sorghum seemed to fair slightly better.
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