With the availability of new phone and device applications - better known as apps - booming across the industry, farmers and ranchers who have learned to embrace the new technology are saying it is as important to them as once was a hammer and screwdriver in the tool box of their pick up truck - and it can do a great deal more to help manage their operations.
With the advent of cooler weather and the biological changes in pepper plants as a result, green pepper harvest is winding down now and harvesting red peppers now takes over as the primary task at hand, with early reports indicating there are still plenty of red peppers being picked and dried and sold at roadside stands and grocery stores across the Southwest.
Valencia peanut growers in Texas and New Mexico may be scrambling for a new buyer after officials at Sunland peanut butter plant in Portales, New Mexico, announced they have filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy .
While agri-tainment and agritourism may be a viable objective for many farm and ranch owners, it is proving to be a successful venture for the many who are willing to plow new trails and opportunities to succeed with their rural offerings.
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has issued a second citrus quarantine area in the Texas Rio Grande Valley after a single grapefruit near Mission tested positive last week for Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening disease.
Agritourism is another way to generate income from the land, and is a great way to introduce your farm brand to consumers, which could open the door to developing a loyal consumer base for other products the farm or ranch provides.