Nearly a million acres of grain sorghum is either being harvested or being prepared for harvest across South Texas from the Lower Rio Grande Valley north up the coastline to Houston, and early reports indicate the crop is yielding.
Agriculture commissioners from eight states got a close look at the unique problems facing ag producers on the Texas-Mexico border during a special tour hosted by the Texas Department of Agriculture recently.
Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) officials have asked EPA for an emergency permit to use the herbicide to help cotton producers stave off the growth of Palmer amaranth, which potentially threatens substantial crop losses this season.
The sudden appearance of Vesicular Stomatitis has prompted intrastate restrictions on the movement of animals across state lines and limits international movement of animals from Texas into several foreign destinations.
Pressure from farm groups and rural property owners has influenced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's plans to cut off public comment on its proposed definition for waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act.
Effective immediately, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) adopted a number of new rules and amendments to Texas animal health regulations associated with dairy cattle exposed to tuberculosis, two new provisions for beef cattle that originated in Mexico, microchip Piroplasmosis Reactors for equine, and rule changes for registration of domestic and exotic fowl.
Expecting the problem to get worse before it gets better, Texas AgriLife entomologist Dr. Mike Brewer delivered the latest news about the growing sugarcane aphid threat to Coastal Bend grain sorghum producers who gathered in a meeting last week in Corpus Christi, warning them to gear up for a fight with the pest as the current outbreak intensifies.
Mysterious radar signals in recent nights are turning out to be large swarms of grasshoppers flying high above north central New Mexico, setting off alarms at the National Weather Service station in Albuquerque.