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.
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.
Large areas of Texas remain in drought after four years of below average rains. But farmers in south and southeast Texas have delayed planting corn and now soybean as a result of heavy rains and cool weather conditions that have been persistent throughout the winter.
Farmers in lower coastal regions including the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV), the Coastal Bend, and north up the coast as far as the Sabine River, are dealing with wet conditions that have kept them out of their fields for days.
On March 6 the United States Department of Agriculture-National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) released their preliminary report-New Mexico Agriculture Overview for 2014-indicating that in spite of an ongoing drought, farming and ranching remains a strong and driving economic force for the state.