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New Mexico food program connects farmers and needy families
“We help families of all ages by distributing food and by providing healthy recipes, food tasting and nutrition information,” Bunch said about the new strategy.
Food security depends on better nitrogen management
According to researchers, plants use only a portion of nitrogen offered by most commercial fertilizers. The greater part of that synthetic nitrogen is left in the ground, filters into ground or surface water or is distributed into the air
Wet winter could be bad for South Texas vegetable crop
Meteorologist Dale Nelson predicts those wet conditions could further be exasperated by a second flow of moisture-laden air sliding in from the Gulf of Mexico, providing a one-two punch for Texas coastal areas this winter and potentially bringing one of the wettest winters in years.
Texas Ag Commissioner agrees to delay fee hikes
Miller announced fee hikes earlier this year to help generate funds to offset a major shortfall in the agriculture department's two-year operating budget.
Weather provides opportunity and challenge for South Texas farms
From the Lower Rio Grande Valley to the Upper Southeast Coast to the vegetable-rich Winter Garden region in south-central Texas, recovery from the drought of recent years has been a welcome relief, but related wet weather challenges in recent months have added to producers concerns, including increased pest and weed pressure in many areas.
Weather provides opportunity and challenge for South Texas farms
From the Lower Rio Grande Valley to the Upper Southeast Coast to the vegetable-rich Winter Garden region in south-central Texas, recovery from the drought of recent years has been a welcome relief, but related wet weather challenges in recent months have added to producers concerns, including increased pest and weed pressure in many areas.
Valencia peanuts decline in New Mexico and Texas
Most Valencia varieties were grown in eastern New Mexico and western parts of Texas until the failure of the Sunland plant, so the unexpected closure hit local growers hard.
Texas vinters to get help from soybean treatment

For many years Texas cotton farmers have battled a fungus, Phymatotrichopsis omnivora, better known as cotton root rot. The fungus caused devastating losses to cotton producers down through the years until researchers recently discovered that a fungicide initially intended to treat soybean rust worked well to help manage l the fungus in cotton fields.

Oklahoma rains help cattle and wheat producers
Peel says cattlemen remain careful but optimistic after exceptional drought conditions in recent years forced a majority of producers to downsize their herds.
High tunnel vegetable farming, is it right for you?
High Tunnels are ideal for vegetables, small fruits, cut flowers, and other crops.
Just in time, substantial Oct. rains bring life to Southwest pecans, vegetables
Stretching across southern New Mexico to the Gulf Coast of Texas, pecan growers are reporting that rains over the last two weeks have improved prospect for a good nut crop this year. Optimism runs high that demand for quality pecans will boost holiday sales and producer profits.
Following heavy rains and violent storms, peanut growers advised to guard against harvest losses
Concerns of a wet crop are at the forefront for many, so Southwest Farm Press turned to peanut specialists Jason Woodward at Texas A&M and Todd Baughman at Oklahoma State University to provide sound advice on how to best address problems associated with a wet crop.
EPA, Texas Department of Agriculture propose changes to applicator license requirements
EPA is proposing stronger standards for pesticide applicators who apply “restricted-use” pesticides.
Amid tough economic times, ‘locally grown’ farming demonstrates growth
According to a recent USDA-Economic Research Agency report, producer participation in local food systems is growing and the value of local food sales, defined as the sale of food for human consumption through both direct-to-consumer and intermediated marketing channels, appears to be increasing.
El Niño rains to help and hinder Texas crops
National Weather Service forecasters in Midland say strong prevailing Pacific winds are streaming into the Southwest, driven by the effects of a particularly strong El Niño.
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