Southwest Farm Press http://southwestfarmpress.com/rss.xml en Texas International Cotton School covers cotton from field to fabric http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/texas-international-cotton-school-covers-cotton-field-fabric <div class="node-body article-body">International Cotton School scheduled Aug. 3-13 in Lubbock.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/texas-international-cotton-school-covers-cotton-field-fabric" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/texas-international-cotton-school-covers-cotton-field-fabric#comments Cotton Cotton Fri, 01 May 2015 20:20:00 +0000 92221 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Cotton schools covers field to fabric.</p> Sorghum checkoff, Dow collaborate on aphid control http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sorghum-checkoff-dow-collaborate-aphid-control <div class="field-byline"> Sorghum Checkoff staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">“The sugarcane aphid has proven to be one of the most significant pests to sorghum in recent history.” </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sorghum-checkoff-dow-collaborate-aphid-control" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sorghum-checkoff-dow-collaborate-aphid-control#comments Grains Grain Sorghum Fri, 01 May 2015 19:59:00 +0000 92211 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Sugarcane aphids.</p> (Photo by Raul Villanueva, Texas AgriLife) More old buildings capture my attention http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/more-old-buildings-capture-my-attention <div class="node-body gallery-body">Old, barns, abandoned homestead have histories</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/more-old-buildings-capture-my-attention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/more-old-buildings-capture-my-attention#comments Management Sustainable Agriculture Fri, 01 May 2015 19:25:00 +0000 92201 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Old homesites and old barns always attract my attention</p> China wants more US sorghum http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/china-wants-more-us-sorghum <div class="node-body article-body">The popularity of grain sorghum this year is fueled by stable prices in place since last year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/china-wants-more-us-sorghum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/china-wants-more-us-sorghum#comments Grains Grain Sorghum Fri, 01 May 2015 16:18:00 +0000 92191 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Sorghum acreage expected to increase this year to meet export demand, improve profit potential.</p> Farm transition, the comfort of cotton, conservation comments http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/farm-transition-comfort-cotton-conservation-comments <div class="node-body article-body">Three stories of interest from Delta Farm Press.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/farm-transition-comfort-cotton-conservation-comments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/farm-transition-comfort-cotton-conservation-comments#comments Cotton Cotton Fri, 01 May 2015 16:10:00 +0000 92181 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Texas backroads show benefits of timely rain on cropland http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/texas-backroads-show-benefits-timely-rain-cropland <div class="node-body gallery-body">A few photos from a recent trip show a bit of what backroad travelers might see.</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/texas-backroads-show-benefits-timely-rain-cropland" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/texas-backroads-show-benefits-timely-rain-cropland#comments Grains Crops Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:10:00 +0000 92171 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Promising clouds rolling in.</p> Drought status improving consistently across Southwest http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-status-improving-consistently-across-southwest <div class="node-body article-body">“Since the middle of February, rains have added more than 2.2 million acre-feet of water to (Texas) reservoirs.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-status-improving-consistently-across-southwest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-status-improving-consistently-across-southwest#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:49:00 +0000 92161 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>More rainfall in Western Oklahoma.</p> Texas planting progress remains behind schedule http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/texas-planting-progress-remains-behind-schedule <div class="field-byline"> Robert Burns, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Corn plantings were catching up from a week ago, with 56 percent of the crop planted compared to the five-year average of 66 percent. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/texas-planting-progress-remains-behind-schedule" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/texas-planting-progress-remains-behind-schedule#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:31:00 +0000 92151 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Fields, such as this one south of Edinburg, continued to have standing water and/or soggy soils, which limited field activities, according to Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service county agent reports.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Rod Santa Ana) Manners still matter in today’s impolite world http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/manners-still-matter-today-s-impolite-world <div class="node-body blog-body">Good manners do exist. I witness examples fairly often.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/manners-still-matter-today-s-impolite-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/manners-still-matter-today-s-impolite-world#comments Management Blog Farm Press Blog Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:24:00 +0000 92141 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Cotton Spin: Closing the global gap http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-closing-global-gap <div class="node-body article-body">The market impact from tighter U.S. cotton production may be minimal.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-closing-global-gap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-closing-global-gap#comments Cotton Cotton Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:48:00 +0000 92131 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Young cotton is off to a good start in Central Texas.</p> Wheat tours offer crop overview variety trial updates http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-tours-offer-crop-overview-variety-trial-updates <div class="field-byline"> Steve Byrns and Kay Ledbetter, Texs AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Wheat tours offer opportunity to assess crop progress.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-tours-offer-crop-overview-variety-trial-updates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-tours-offer-crop-overview-variety-trial-updates#comments Wheat Wheat Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:15:00 +0000 92121 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Central Texas wheat prospects are promising.</p> Cuba agricultural trade potential could exceed $1 billion http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/cuba-agricultural-trade-potential-could-exceed-1-billion <div class="field-byline"> Blair Fannin, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba could reach $1.2 billion annually if regulations are relaxed and some trade barriers are lifted.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/cuba-agricultural-trade-potential-could-exceed-1-billion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/cuba-agricultural-trade-potential-could-exceed-1-billion#comments Management Import and Export Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:07:00 +0000 92111 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Parr Rosson</p> Early FSA visits, meetings, decision tool help farmer with farm bill options http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/early-fsa-visits-meetings-decision-tool-help-farmer-farm-bill-options <div class="node-body article-body">“This is the most confusing farm bill I have ever worked with,” Carlson said.of the 2014 farm bill.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/early-fsa-visits-meetings-decision-tool-help-farmer-farm-bill-options" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/early-fsa-visits-meetings-decision-tool-help-farmer-farm-bill-options#comments Government Farm Service Agency (FSA) Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:47:00 +0000 92101 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>BILLY CARLSON, left, and USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini, check progress on a Williamson County, Texas, corn field. Dolcini was in the state visiting key agricultural leaders and farmers. He and Carlson discussed the confusion surrounding the Agriculture Act of 2014, which Carlson describes as &ldquo;the most confusing farm bill&rdquo; he&rsquo;s ever worked with.</p> Planting deadlines pass for South Texas farmers http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/planting-deadlines-pass-south-texas-farmers <div class="node-body article-body">According to the National Weather Service, rainfall amounts between 6 and 10 inches fell across wide areas of the Coastal Bend over the last two weeks .</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/planting-deadlines-pass-south-texas-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/planting-deadlines-pass-south-texas-farmers#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:24:00 +0000 92091 at http://southwestfarmpress.com North Texas into Rolling Plains remains drought-stressed http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/north-texas-rolling-plains-remains-drought-stressed <div class="node-body article-body">Drought conditions in Texas have improved by one percentage point from last week.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/north-texas-rolling-plains-remains-drought-stressed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/north-texas-rolling-plains-remains-drought-stressed#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:55:00 +0000 92081 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Lake Lugert, near Altus, Oklahoma, remains far below normal as the area suffers through long-term drought.</p> Farmers understand Earth Day; they live with it every day http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/farmers-understand-earth-day-they-live-it-every-day <div class="node-body blog-body">It’s Earth Day. Farmers, better than anyone, understand the reciprocity necessary to produce food and fiber and protect the resource.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/farmers-understand-earth-day-they-live-it-every-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/farmers-understand-earth-day-they-live-it-every-day#comments Management Blog Farm Press Blog Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:17:00 +0000 92071 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Carpets of bluebonnets color the southwest landscape.</p> Texas AgriLife Extension wheat tour scheduled May 1 http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/texas-agrilife-extension-wheat-tour-scheduled-may-1 <div class="field-byline"> Steve Byrns, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Multi-county wheat tour looks at variety trials.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/texas-agrilife-extension-wheat-tour-scheduled-may-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/texas-agrilife-extension-wheat-tour-scheduled-may-1#comments Wheat Wheat Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:20:00 +0000 92061 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Wheat planted last fall will be available for inspection on wheat tours in coming weeks</p> BIG conference moves to Jan. 5-6 and Waco Convention Center http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/big-conference-moves-jan-5-6-and-waco-convention-center <div class="field-byline"> Blair Fannin, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Blackland Income Growth Conference will move to the Waco Convention Center in 2016 and is scheduled a month earlier, Jan. 5-6.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/big-conference-moves-jan-5-6-and-waco-convention-center" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/big-conference-moves-jan-5-6-and-waco-convention-center#comments Grains Conferences Tue, 21 Apr 2015 20:07:00 +0000 92051 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>BIG changes date to accommodate corn producers.</p> Rain makes grain and damages prices http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/rain-makes-grain-and-damages-prices <div class="node-body article-body">Reports are surfacing that recent rains have saved a dying wheat crop. Some producers in Garfield County, Okla., report the rain improved their wheat yield potential from 15 bushels per acre to 24 bushels. The normal yield is 40 bushels per acre.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/rain-makes-grain-and-damages-prices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/rain-makes-grain-and-damages-prices#comments Grains Markets Wheat Fri, 17 Apr 2015 12:44:00 +0000 92041 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Back to the future weed control strategies combine old and new technology: Part 3 http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/back-future-weed-control-strategies-combine-old-and-new-technology-part-3 <div class="node-body article-body">Identifying weed species is a top priority for effective control.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/back-future-weed-control-strategies-combine-old-and-new-technology-part-3" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/back-future-weed-control-strategies-combine-old-and-new-technology-part-3#comments Cotton Cotton Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:03:00 +0000 91981 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>FERDIE (left) and John Walker are concerned that a &ldquo;zero tolerance&rdquo; weed control strategy will be hard to justify with low cotton prices in 2015. The two were on hand for a resistant weed control strategy conference recently in Anson, Texas. Helena Chemical Company organized the session that included representatives from the major herbicide manufacturing companies.</p> A bit of optimism on display at recent PCG annual meeting http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/bit-optimism-display-recent-pcg-annual-meeting <div class="node-body video-body">Family farm remains the backbone of American agriculture.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/bit-optimism-display-recent-pcg-annual-meeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/bit-optimism-display-recent-pcg-annual-meeting#comments Cotton Cotton PCG Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:55:00 +0000 92021 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Farming is in the DNA of Lynn County family farm http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/farming-dna-lynn-county-family-farm <div class="node-body article-body">“This is a family deal,” Kay adds. “We are blessed.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/farming-dna-lynn-county-family-farm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/farming-dna-lynn-county-family-farm#comments Cotton Cotton Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:35:00 +0000 92001 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>THE MIRES FAMILY FARM, Travis, Kay and Landon, says cotton is the go-to-crop for their Lyn county operation. Landon&rsquo;s wife Megan is also an integral part of the team.</p> Kuykendall is executive director for Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/kuykendall-executive-director-southern-rolling-plains-cotton-growers-association <div class="node-body article-body">Karin Kuykendall will lead Rolling Plains and Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers groups.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/kuykendall-executive-director-southern-rolling-plains-cotton-growers-association" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/kuykendall-executive-director-southern-rolling-plains-cotton-growers-association#comments Cotton Cotton Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:29:00 +0000 92011 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>KARIN KUYKENDALL is shown with National Cotton Council President and CEO Mark Lange (now retired) and Oklahoma Cotton Council Executive Director Harvey Schroeder at the Red River Crops conference earlier this year. Kuykendall of San Angelo has been named Executive Director of the Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association.</p> NCC announces 2015 P.I.E. Program tour dates http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/ncc-announces-2015-pie-program-tour-dates <div class="node-body article-body">The P.I.E. program provides cotton producers the opportunity to maximize production efficiency and improve yields and fiber quality.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/ncc-announces-2015-pie-program-tour-dates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/ncc-announces-2015-pie-program-tour-dates#comments Cotton Cotton Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:22:00 +0000 91991 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>P.I.E. tours offer growers opportunities to learn from producers in other regions.</p> Back to the future weed control strategies combine old and new technology: Part 2 http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/back-future-weed-control-strategies-combine-old-and-new-technology-part-2 <div class="node-body article-body">Back to the Future Part 2: Change is essential</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/back-future-weed-control-strategies-combine-old-and-new-technology-part-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/back-future-weed-control-strategies-combine-old-and-new-technology-part-2#comments Cotton Cotton Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:39:00 +0000 91971 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Cold steel may be part of Southwest weed control strategies this season, beginning with land prep and extending through hooded sprayers for late season herbicide application.</p> Back to the future weed control strategies combine old and new technology: Part 1 http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/back-future-weed-control-strategies-combine-old-and-new-technology-part-1 <div class="node-body article-body">Back to the Future weed control strategies Part 1</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/back-future-weed-control-strategies-combine-old-and-new-technology-part-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/back-future-weed-control-strategies-combine-old-and-new-technology-part-1#comments Cotton Cotton Tue, 14 Apr 2015 17:13:00 +0000 91961 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Pigweed control is an increasingly difficult issue for&nbsp; West Texas farmers.</p> Brazil WTO case behind changes in cotton policy http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/brazil-wto-case-behind-changes-cotton-policy <div class="node-body article-body"> World Trade Organization dispute brought by Brazil made cotton a target in farm bill debates.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/brazil-wto-case-behind-changes-cotton-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/brazil-wto-case-behind-changes-cotton-policy#comments Cotton Cotton National Cotton Council PCG Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:42:00 +0000 91951 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>GARY ADAMS, right, shares the podium with PCG President Shawn Holladay at the recent PCG annual meeting in Lubbock.</p> PCG president sees some optimism as cotton planting time nears http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/pcg-president-sees-some-optimism-cotton-planting-time-nears <div class="node-body article-body">The family farm remains the backbone of American agriculture.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/pcg-president-sees-some-optimism-cotton-planting-time-nears" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/pcg-president-sees-some-optimism-cotton-planting-time-nears#comments Cotton Cotton PCG Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:50:00 +0000 91941 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>PCG President Shawn Holladay presides at the 58th annual meeting last week in lubbock.</p> COTTON SPIN: The cotton market treading water http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-cotton-market-treading-water <div class="node-body article-body">So although old crop cotton ending stocks were raised by 200,000 bales, there was little market reaction.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-cotton-market-treading-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-cotton-market-treading-water#comments Cotton Cotton Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:13:00 +0000 91931 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>&nbsp;Latest supply and demand numbers a non-event for cotton.</p> Guest editorial: Cotton industry faces multiple challenges to maintain reasonable farm policy http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/guest-editorial-cotton-industry-faces-multiple-challenges-maintain-reasonable-farm-policy <div class="field-byline"> Steve Verett, PCG Executive Vice President </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In his annual report to the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., annual meeting Executive Vice President Steve Verett encouraged the cotton industry to look beyond partisan politics to meet the challenges of maintaining reasonable and responsible farm policy.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/guest-editorial-cotton-industry-faces-multiple-challenges-maintain-reasonable-farm-policy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/guest-editorial-cotton-industry-faces-multiple-challenges-maintain-reasonable-farm-policy#comments Cotton Cotton PCG Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:55:00 +0000 91921 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Steve Verett, PCG Executive Vice President</p>