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Drought

Much of the Southwest is suffering through a prolonged drought that has reduced crop production potential, forced livestock producers to liquidate herds and spawned wildfires that have burned millions of acres across the region. Some areas have gone for almost a year without appreciable rainfall. Articles will keep readers updated on drought conditions and methods of coping with moisture stress.

Irrigation Systems

Artificial application of water to soil; typically through a pivot, drip, seepage, sprinkler or surface system.

Wildlife Management

Wildlife management has become an important aspect of farming and ranching in the Southwest. Whether land owners manage acreage for personal use or as part of the overall management plan for the farm or ranch, maintaining the correct balance between agricultural enterprises and appropriate habitat for deer, turkey and quail can be an important consideration in management decisions.

TPPA Celebrates 25 Years

Texas Plant Protection Association prepares to celebrate its 25th annual conference.

Anything that was pertinent to Texas agriculture over the past 25 years has found a spot on the TPPA annual conference agenda.

The annual conference will be held Dec. 10 and 11 at the Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas.

Conference Registration Information: You can register for the conference by check or credit card. Early registration is requested to assist us in planning and there is a discount for registering by November 15. To register with a credit card go to the TPPA website: http://tppa.tamu.edu

Southwest Ag Economic Outlook

Every year, farmers make tough decisions that affect everything they do until whatever crop or enterprise they select and whatever production practice, variety, tillage method or grazing option they choose plays out and they either reap the benefits of their choices or regret the decisions that got them into such a mess. This year decisions may be more difficult as producers examine a new farm program that represents a significant departure from previous agriculture legislation. To help farmers make sense of some of these new programs, some of the region’s most knowledgeable economists have joined forces to offer their best estimates of what’s in store for 2015. Here, Southwest Farm Press, along with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Oklahoma State University Extension economists offer insight into what farmers and ranchers can expect as the year unfolds. They cover the farm bill, the general economic outlook, commodity and livestock updates and offer observations on where fertilizer and fuel prices are likely to go.
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