Southwest Farm Press en Texas A&M ag engineer Dana Porter named engineer of the year, <div class="field-byline"> Steve Byrns, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Porter was recognized for “dedicated service in support of professional engineering licensure for agricultural and biological engineers.” </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment People Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:54:00 +0000 101541 at Warm, dryweather pattern likely for Texas winter <div class="field-byline"> Adam Russell, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body"> Climate Prediction Center is now calling for temperatures in the tropical Pacific to be about half a degree below normal through the first few months of 2017.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops La Nina Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:36:00 +0000 101531 at <p>Producers are prepping for fall planting as winter weather conditions are expected to be warmer and dryer than average.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns) Increase in produce expected at Texas borders <div class="node-body article-body">Texas A&M study points to uptick in Mexican produce and economic opportunities for Texas business.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:14:00 +0000 101521 at Credit: rep0rter/Thinkstock ChemChina seeks EU approval for $43 billion Syngenta takeover <div class="field-byline"> Aoife White, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">China National Chemical Corp. sought European Union approval for its $43 billion takeover of Syngenta AG, one of a trio of mega-deals reshaping the global agrichemicals industry already described as “quite concentrated” by the bloc’s antitrust chief.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Regulatory Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:56:00 +0000 101501 at <p>China National Chemical Corp. sought European Union approval for its $43 billion takeover of Syngenta AG.</p> Photo: PaulGrecaud/Thinkstock Proposed mergers by biotechnology firms could result in cotton seed price surge <div class="field-byline"> Blair Fannin, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The study results suggest reason for concern, particularly in the pricing of cotton seed, where prices could jump as much as 18.2 percent.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Grains Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:48:00 +0000 101491 at <p>Cottonseed costs, as well as grains and soybeans, would escalate under seed company mergers, according to a Texas A&amp;M study.</p> Harvest gallery: Harvest time is a gut check <div class="node-body gallery-body">Harvest is report card time, when the cows come home, the chickens come in to roost and the hay is made.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops Cotton Peanuts Vegetables Wheat Corn Cotton Grain Sorghum Hay Peanuts Vegetables Wheat Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:52:00 +0000 101481 at <p>Harvest time is an opportunity to evaluate.</p> Job opportunities in agriculture expected to grow rapidly <div class="node-body article-body">USDA officials are pointing to a recent study by Purdue economists that indicates now may be the perfect time for young men and women to consider working toward an agriculture-related degree.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crops Cotton Grains Peanuts Vegetables Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:08:00 +0000 101471 at <p>Students studying agriculture have a great deal to look forward to as they pursue their interests.</p> COTTON SPIN: Mixed reactions to a bearish cotton benchmark <div class="node-body article-body">The increase in forecasted U.S. production resulted from a jumbled combination of acreage adjustments, both higher and lower. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:46:00 +0000 101461 at <p>The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report (WASDE) indicate Texas had a 200,000 acre increase in planted and harvested acres.</p> Sen. Grassley says merger wave has become ‘tsunami’ <div class="node-body article-body">Sen. Grassley cites revenue losses on his own farm in hearing on proposed mergers between Bayer AG and Monsanto and other agricultural input suppliers.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Regulatory Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:33:00 +0000 101451 at <p>Variety plots at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center.</p> Longtime Texas A&M-Commerce agriculture professor Don Reid has died <div class="node-body article-body">“Doc helped many kids achieve their academic and career goals—too many to count,” Swart said. “He is one of the finest people I have ever known.”</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management People Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:20:00 +0000 101441 at <p>Don Reid</p> Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing on wave of mergers in ag <div class="field-byline"> Janet Kubat Willette, Farm Futures </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Representatives of agricultural companies in the process of merging told members of Congress that the need to continue investing and innovating are driving the mergers.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Regulatory Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:54:00 +0000 101431 at <p>The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the tsunami of mergers occuring in agriculture.</p> Photo: Bernai/Thinkstock Amarillo, Texas, donates $15 Million to Texas Tech Veterinary College <div class="field-byline"> Texas Tech University </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Texas Tech University System is creating a program tailored to address a specific need as identified by the report in a cost-efficient and innovative manner.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Livestock Livestock Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:09:00 +0000 101421 at Producing wheat will be profitable — for some <div class="node-body article-body">The market will provide a profit for wheat production. That profit may only be for the top 60 percent.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wheat Wheat Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:46:00 +0000 101411 at <p>Wheat profits have been elusive the past few years, but for some, the losses go back even longer.</p> Liberalized trade with Cuba: Significant benefits for ag? <div class="node-body article-body">Luis Ribera says 15 years of research through the Center for North American Studies (CNAS), of which he is director, shows advantages of Cuba trade.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Legislative Regulations Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:31:00 +0000 101401 at <p>A truck delivers produce to a Cuban farmers&#39; market. A good portion of Cuba&#39;s food supply could be provided by U.S. farmers and ranchers under a more liberalized trade policy, say Extension and industry spokesmen.</p> Ben Scholz, president of Cereal Crops Research Incorporated. 2016 Fresh Summit is largest PMA expo ever Oct. 14-16 in Orlando <div class="node-body article-body">PMA has again organized the event’s content into “communities of interest” designed to help attendees connect to others who share common goals</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Vegetables Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:52:00 +0000 101391 at American Pima cotton on its way back <div class="node-body article-body">Supima’s outgoing chairman, Keith Deputy of Chamberino, N.M., a Texas-New Mexico Pima grower, says Pima is on the rebound.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:12:00 +0000 101381 at <p>Pima cotton bloom in West Texas. Pima acreage is up this year in California, Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico.</p> Texas High Tunnel Conference, SARE Strawberry Workshop set for Oct. 11, Oct. 12 <div class="field-byline"> Steve Byrns, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Strawberry conferences feature "exceptional agendas."</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Vegetables Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:48:00 +0000 101371 at <p>Texas grown strawberries.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Russ Wallace) Conaway says no to reopening farm bill <div class="node-body article-body">Now is a bad time to consider reopening the current farm bill for possible amendments designed to bring relief to growers plagued by low prices and escalating input costs.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Legislative Farm Bill 2012 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:02:00 +0000 101361 at <p>House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas).</p> House Ag Committee members to visit Coastal Bend <div class="node-body article-body">Rep. Vela says agriculture roots run deep in South Texas with many communities originally founded as ranching and farming towns.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Legislative Election Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:33:00 +0000 101351 at <p>U.S. House of Representatives Ag Committee members Collin Peterson, D-Minn. and ranking member, along with Filemon Vela, D-Texas, will tour South Texas farm country Sept. 17.</p> Logan Hawkes COTTON SPIN: Tinkering with the U.S. cotton forecast <div class="node-body article-body">The growing season in the Southwest is winding up in weird fashion. After a very hot and dry July, August was unusually wet. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:08:00 +0000 101341 at <p>late summer deluges in South Texas caused cottonseed to sprout in the bolls, lowering quality and production in many fields.</p> Texas AgriLife Extension 10 cost-cutting options for wheat production <div class="node-body article-body">Here are 10 cost cuts that could decrease production expenses without significant effect on yield and grain quality.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wheat Wheat Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:53:00 +0000 101331 at <p>Burdensome wheat supplies pressure market. Producers are looking at cost-cutting options.</p> Imported produce from Mexico would benefit Texas economy <div class="field-byline"> Blair Fannin, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">“Are we going to depend on foreign countries to produce more fruits and vegetables or will we produce more?”</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Vegetables Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:23:00 +0000 101301 at <p>Economists with the Center for North American Studies at Texas A&amp;M University in College Station conducted a study on the economic impacts of increased U.S. imports of fresh produce from Mexico by 2023. The U.S. would add 12,897 jobs and the overall economic impact would be $1.54 billion.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Rod Santa Ana) Agriculture 'bundle mania' draws skepticism <div class="field-byline"> Lydia Mulvany, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Some farmer groups in the U.S. have voiced concern about how industry consolidation may reduce choice and raise the prices.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agenda Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:57:00 +0000 101311 at <p>There&rsquo;s no real-life example of a successful, &quot;integrated&quot; supplier that has increased profits by simply combining more product lines, says Jason Miner, an analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence.</p> Photo: BsWei/Thinkstock Bayer, Monsanto officials agree to create ‘innovative engine’ for ag <div class="node-body article-body">“The combination with Monsanto represents the kind of revolutionary approach to agriculture that will be necessary to sustainably feed the world as we enable growers with a broad set of enhanced agricultural solutions,” said Werner Bauman, CEO of Bayer AG.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Outlook Agrochemicals Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:59:00 +0000 101291 at <p>Werner Baumann and Hugh Grant announce the Bayer-Monsanto merger agreement.</p> Texas wheat plantings could drop 20 percent <div class="node-body article-body">“I think we will certainly see a further reduction of wheat acres in 2017 over the 13 percent reduction we already saw in 2016,” Neely says.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wheat Wheat Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:23:00 +0000 101281 at <p>Winter canola could be an attractive alternative to wheat for teh 2016/17 marketing season</p> Bayer closes deal on Monsanto for $66 billion <div class="field-byline"> Aaron Kirchfeld, Naomi Kresge and Dinesh Nair, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bayer AG has reached an agreement to acquire Monsanto Co. for about $66 billion to create the world’s biggest maker of seeds and pesticides, according to people familiar with the matter.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agenda Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:55:00 +0000 101271 at <p>After three offers and plenty of negotiations, Bayer and Monsanto have reached an agreement for about $128 per share.</p> Credit: mindscanner/Thinkstock Danny Davis, my good friend, has passed away <div class="node-body blog-body">The industry lost a farmer who pioneered conservation tillage and who showed that no-till cotton could produce yields and quality equal to clean-tilled fields.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Farm Press Blog Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:15:00 +0000 101261 at <p>Danny Davis, Elk City, Okla., cotton farmer, died last week. He was just 60.</p> USDA continues to say record crops are in the offing <div class="node-body article-body">USDA forecasting good weather conditions in the Midwest and High Plains will more than make up for crop losses in the Mid-South states.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Corn Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:24:00 +0000 101251 at <p>A combine eats its way across a research trial at the University of Tennessee&#39;s West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson.</p> No end for wheat rout with stockpiles ballooning to record <div class="field-byline"> Megan Durisin, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Hedge funds are betting that the rout that took wheat prices to the lowest in a decade is far from over.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wheat Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:09:00 +0000 101241 at “Wall’ talk creates more questions along busy U.S., Mexico border <div class="node-body article-body">U.S., Mexico governments studying ways to improve transfers of goods across border while the political rhetoric plays on.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Legislative Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:13:00 +0000 101231 at Photo Credit: basar17/Thinkstock