Southwest Farm Press http://southwestfarmpress.com/rss.xml en Avian flu warnings high over US outbreak http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/avian-flu-warnings-high-over-us-outbreak <div class="node-body article-body">While U.S. poultry producers enjoyed one of the most profitable years on record in 2014, averaging margins of 13 percent before interest and tax, concerns are mounting within the industry as Avian influenza (AI) continues to spread worldwide, including to a number of states in the U.S.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/avian-flu-warnings-high-over-us-outbreak" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/avian-flu-warnings-high-over-us-outbreak#comments Livestock Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:16:00 +0000 91671 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Changes in Gulf Coast land cover reported http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/changes-gulf-coast-land-cover-reported <div class="node-body article-body">Nothing remains as it was. Great plains that once stretched for miles untouched by plow or highway have, in recent times, become the bread basket of modern agriculture. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/changes-gulf-coast-land-cover-reported" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/changes-gulf-coast-land-cover-reported#comments Management Water Shortage Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:54:00 +0000 91661 at http://southwestfarmpress.com It could be a historically wet spring season in Southwest http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/it-could-be-historically-wet-spring-season-southwest <div class="node-body article-body">While folk history would have us believe that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, National Weather Service forecasters are saying just the opposite is true when it comes to an infrequent climate development in the Pacific Ocean, one that can cause an exceptionally wet spring for parts of the Southwest this year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/it-could-be-historically-wet-spring-season-southwest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/it-could-be-historically-wet-spring-season-southwest#comments Water Shortage Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:12:00 +0000 91651 at http://southwestfarmpress.com News of Agribusiness: EPA grants emergency use exemptions for Transform insecticide for sugarcane aphid control http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/news-agribusiness-epa-grants-emergency-use-exemptions-transform-insecticide-sugarcane-aphid-c <div class="node-body article-body">The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in response to states’ requests, has granted Section 18 emergency use exemptions for Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Texas.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/news-agribusiness-epa-grants-emergency-use-exemptions-transform-insecticide-sugarcane-aphid-c" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/news-agribusiness-epa-grants-emergency-use-exemptions-transform-insecticide-sugarcane-aphid-c#comments Grains Grain Sorghum Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:46:00 +0000 91641 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Boosting rural America remains priority http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/boosting-rural-america-remains-priority <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed the need to boost rural economies while complementing production agriculture as the latest farm bill is rolled out.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/boosting-rural-america-remains-priority" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/boosting-rural-america-remains-priority#comments Government Rural Development (RD) Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:15:00 +0000 91631 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Waters of the United States language needs clarification, says EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. (Photo, Hunter Jones)</p> China could be key to U.S. grain sorghum crop in 2015 http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/china-could-be-key-us-grain-sorghum-crop-2015 <div class="node-body article-body">What will China do this year in terms of importing more or less U.S. corn versus grain sorghum.?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/china-could-be-key-us-grain-sorghum-crop-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/china-could-be-key-us-grain-sorghum-crop-2015#comments Grains Grain Sorghum Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:54:00 +0000 91621 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>China will be the key to sorghum export&nbsp; potential for 2015 crop.</p> A short gripe session from your humble editor http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/short-gripe-session-your-humble-editor <div class="node-body blog-body">A short list of foibles, faux pas and fussiness.</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/short-gripe-session-your-humble-editor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/short-gripe-session-your-humble-editor#comments Management Blog Farm Press Blog Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:54:00 +0000 91611 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Sub-tropical jet bringing more heavy rains to South Texas http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/sub-tropical-jet-bringing-more-heavy-rains-south-texas <div class="node-body article-body">Large areas of Texas remain in drought after four years of below average rains. But farmers in south and southeast Texas have delayed planting corn and now soybean as a result of heavy rains and cool weather conditions that have been persistent throughout the winter.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/sub-tropical-jet-bringing-more-heavy-rains-south-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/sub-tropical-jet-bringing-more-heavy-rains-south-texas#comments Cotton Grains Peanuts Fri, 20 Mar 2015 13:47:00 +0000 91601 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Crop observers warn of weather, disease insect threats http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/crop-observers-warn-weather-disease-insect-threats <div class="node-body article-body">Too much rain, too little rain, stripe rust in wheat, cutworms in wheat, and south Texas inundated with rain keep farmers busy scouting fields and watching the weather channel.</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/grains/crop-observers-warn-weather-disease-insect-threats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/crop-observers-warn-weather-disease-insect-threats#comments Grains Crops Precipitation Thu, 19 Mar 2015 00:25:00 +0000 91581 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Stripe rust started showing up in the Texas wheat crop in late January.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Ron French) Price Risk Management Seminars: Cotton Marketing Education 101 and Beyond http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/price-risk-management-seminars-cotton-marketing-education-101-and-beyond <div class="field-byline"> Brad Robb, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">“The real genesis of the Cotton Price Risk Management Seminars began within the mill segment, but soon moved into the producer segment,” said Reeves.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/price-risk-management-seminars-cotton-marketing-education-101-and-beyond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/price-risk-management-seminars-cotton-marketing-education-101-and-beyond#comments Cotton Cotton Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:32:00 +0000 91571 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>JOHN ROBINSON, professor and Extension economist-cotton marketing for the AgriLife Extension Service at Texas A&amp;M, and Hedrick Shoaf, Shoaf Cotton Company, Milan, Tenn., discuss the 2015 cotton planting intentions before the start of Cotton Incorporated&rsquo;s 2015 Price Risk Management Seminar held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.</p> Sorghum producers vote in checkoff referendum march 23 through April 21 http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sorghum-producers-vote-checkoff-referendum-march-23-through-april-21 <div class="node-body article-body"><p style="margin-left:.5in;">After seven years of significant accomplishments the nation&rsquo;s grain sorghum producers have a chance to continue their successful Sorghum Checkoff Program through a referendum. Voting will run from March 23 through April 21, 2015, according to The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sorghum-producers-vote-checkoff-referendum-march-23-through-april-21" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sorghum-producers-vote-checkoff-referendum-march-23-through-april-21#comments Grains Grain Sorghum Wed, 18 Mar 2015 22:52:00 +0000 91561 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Sorghum Checkoff funds find their way back to the farm in the form of improved hybrids.</p> Wheat’s spring price rally http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-s-spring-price-rally <div class="node-body article-body">The dollar index is not the reason for the wheat price rally.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-s-spring-price-rally" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-s-spring-price-rally#comments Wheat Wed, 18 Mar 2015 22:31:00 +0000 91551 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>As wheat matures this spring, farmers should watch for price rallies.</p> COTTON SPIN: Lingering El Niño Possibilities http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-lingering-el-ni-o-possibilities <div class="node-body article-body">El Niño events can significantly affect cotton production by changing the pattern of moisture and temperature.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-lingering-el-ni-o-possibilities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-lingering-el-ni-o-possibilities#comments Cotton Cotton Wed, 18 Mar 2015 22:00:00 +0000 91541 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>The 2015 growing season could have effect on cotton markets.</p> Western pecan growers converge on Las Cruces http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/western-pecan-growers-converge-las-cruces <div class="node-body article-body">New Mexico's vital pecan crop probably reached USDA’s fall 65-million pound estimate.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/western-pecan-growers-converge-las-cruces" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/western-pecan-growers-converge-las-cruces#comments Orchard Crops Pecans Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:54:00 +0000 91511 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>For much of the West 2015 will be an <em>on</em> year again in the pecan growing cycle.</p> Sugarcane aphid concerns in spite of late planting http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sugarcane-aphid-concerns-spite-late-planting <div class="node-body article-body">Sugarcane aphids have been reported as far north as Matagorda and Wilson counties and in other middle and lower Coastal Bend areas and Deep South Texas.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sugarcane-aphid-concerns-spite-late-planting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sugarcane-aphid-concerns-spite-late-planting#comments Grains Grain Sorghum Tue, 17 Mar 2015 21:17:00 +0000 91501 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Control products are available for sugarcane aphids, but scouting is crucial for timing applications.</p> AGDAY gallery: Agriculture offers chance to say thanks http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/agday-gallery-agriculture-offers-chance-say-thanks <div class="node-body gallery-body"> Today, we’d like to tell a bit of agriculture's story with a few pictures depicting a little scrap of what farmers do for the rest of us.</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/agday-gallery-agriculture-offers-chance-say-thanks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/agday-gallery-agriculture-offers-chance-say-thanks#comments Management Sustainable Agriculture Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:51:00 +0000 91481 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Maybe some rain will come from this cloud and provide much-needed moisture to West Texas farmland.</p> Ag Day salutes American farmers and ranchers http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/ag-day-salutes-american-farmers-and-ranchers <div class="node-body blog-body">What I know about U.S. farmers deals more with emotion than arithmetic. I witness the heart and soul of the U.S. farm.</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/ag-day-salutes-american-farmers-and-ranchers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/ag-day-salutes-american-farmers-and-ranchers#comments Management Blog Farm Press Blog Mon, 16 Mar 2015 19:16:00 +0000 91471 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Longtime Stiles Farm manager set to retire http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/longtime-stiles-farm-manager-set-retire <div class="field-byline"> Blair Fannin, Texas A&amp;M AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Conservation tillage became one of the farm’s signature research and Extension programs. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/longtime-stiles-farm-manager-set-retire" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/longtime-stiles-farm-manager-set-retire#comments Government Conservation Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:45:00 +0000 91461 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>(Left) Archie Abrameit visits with Allen Ray David. Abrameit joined the Stiles Farm as manager in 1997.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin) Oklahoma Peanut commission celebrates 50 years http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/oklahoma-peanut-commission-celebrates-50-years <div class="node-body article-body">Oklahoma Peanut Expo will include production updates, marketing, insurance, new variety report and a look back at 50 years.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/oklahoma-peanut-commission-celebrates-50-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/oklahoma-peanut-commission-celebrates-50-years#comments Peanuts Conferences Peanuts Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:57:00 +0000 91451 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Peanut disease management will be on the Oklahoma Peanut Expo agenda March 26.</p> COTTON SPIN: External influences to cotton prices http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-external-influences-cotton-prices <div class="node-body article-body">USDA lowered the estimate of world cotton production by 130,000 bales, with decreases in Central Asia and elsewhere outweighing small production increases in Pakistan and West Africa.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-external-influences-cotton-prices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-external-influences-cotton-prices#comments Cotton Cotton Fri, 13 Mar 2015 17:46:00 +0000 91441 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Cotton outlook changed little with the latest USDA report.</p> Delayed deadline on program signup not expected http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/delayed-deadline-program-signup-not-expected <div class="node-body article-body"> Farmers take advantage of an extra month to update yields and base for farm bill programs..</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/delayed-deadline-program-signup-not-expected" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/delayed-deadline-program-signup-not-expected#comments Government Farm Bill 2012 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 21:56:00 +0000 91431 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>FAILURE TO SELECT either ARC or PLC will result in producers&rsquo; automatic default to PLC and will lose program benefits for 2014.</p> Wet fields leaving some Texas farmers high and dry http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/wet-fields-leaving-some-texas-farmers-high-and-dry <div class="node-body article-body">Farmers in lower coastal regions including the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV), the Coastal Bend, and north up the coast as far as the Sabine River, are dealing with wet conditions that have kept them out of their fields for days.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/wet-fields-leaving-some-texas-farmers-high-and-dry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/wet-fields-leaving-some-texas-farmers-high-and-dry#comments Grains Precipitation Thu, 12 Mar 2015 19:07:00 +0000 91421 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Wet conditions are hampering grain sorghum and corn planting in South Texas</p> Key meetings offer crop, livestock updates http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/key-meetings-offer-crop-livestock-updates <div class="node-body article-body">Programs will provide production tips as well as the latest information available on farm programs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/key-meetings-offer-crop-livestock-updates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/key-meetings-offer-crop-livestock-updates#comments Grains Conferences Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:48:00 +0000 91411 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Cotton and other crop production meetings are on tap in coming weeks for Southwest farmers.</p> The chicken and egg, climate change and GMO stories you might be interested in reading this week. http://southwestfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/chicken-and-egg-climate-change-and-gmo-stories-you-might-be-interested-reading-week <div class="node-body article-body">Three stories about science offer insight into climate, chickens and eggs and GMOs..</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/miscellaneous/chicken-and-egg-climate-change-and-gmo-stories-you-might-be-interested-reading-week" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/chicken-and-egg-climate-change-and-gmo-stories-you-might-be-interested-reading-week#comments Miscellaneous Business Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:41:00 +0000 91401 at http://southwestfarmpress.com South Plains workshops help make 2015 crop decisions http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/south-plains-workshops-help-make-2015-crop-decisions <div class="field-byline"> Steve Byrns, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Four profitability workshops scheduled for South Plains farmers will offer some guidance as producers prepare to plant spring crops.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/south-plains-workshops-help-make-2015-crop-decisions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/south-plains-workshops-help-make-2015-crop-decisions#comments Cotton Crops Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:30:00 +0000 91381 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>As farmers prepare to plant spring crops, many face uncrtainties with low prices and a new farm program.</p> Noble Foundation unveils advanced hog trapping system http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/noble-foundation-unveils-advanced-hog-trapping-system <div class="field-byline"> Robyn Peterson, Noble Foundation </div> <div class="node-body article-body">BoarBuster feral hog trap system uses a rigid trap enclosure that is operationally elevated above a trap site.</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/livestock/noble-foundation-unveils-advanced-hog-trapping-system" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/noble-foundation-unveils-advanced-hog-trapping-system#comments Livestock Wildlife Management Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:17:00 +0000 91371 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>THE NOBLE FOUNDATION signed a commercialization agreement to bring the BoarBuster trap system to consumers across the United States. Unlike any other system available, BoarBuster uses a rigid trap enclosure that is operationally elevated above a trap site.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Noble Foundation Reporting the negative is part of ag reporter’s job http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/reporting-negative-part-ag-reporter-s-job <div class="node-body blog-body">We have reported a lot of bad news over the past few years, including legislation, regulation, drought and weeds that seem impossible to kill. But that’s part of the job.</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/reporting-negative-part-ag-reporter-s-job" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/reporting-negative-part-ag-reporter-s-job#comments Management Blog Farm Press Blog Wed, 11 Mar 2015 21:03:00 +0000 91361 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Dry fields and low pricest are part of what farm writers cover. We also write abouty bin busters and dollar cotton.</p> New Mexico agriculture production report 2014 http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/new-mexico-agriculture-production-report-2014 <div class="node-body article-body">On March 6 the United States Department of Agriculture-National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) released their preliminary report-New Mexico Agriculture Overview for 2014-indicating that in spite of an ongoing drought, farming and ranching remains a strong and driving economic force for the state.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/new-mexico-agriculture-production-report-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/new-mexico-agriculture-production-report-2014#comments Government NASS Tue, 10 Mar 2015 02:17:00 +0000 91351 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Wheat and grain prices established in bottom tier http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-and-grain-prices-established-bottom-tier <div class="node-body article-body">Oklahoma and Texas wheat prices may stay in the $4.25 to $5.75 price range, which is in the bottom tier of prices.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-and-grain-prices-established-bottom-tier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-and-grain-prices-established-bottom-tier#comments Wheat Wheat Tue, 10 Mar 2015 01:48:00 +0000 91341 at http://southwestfarmpress.com March snowfall leaves frustration, beauty in its wake http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/march-snowfall-leaves-frustration-beauty-its-wake <div class="node-body gallery-body">Anytime metropolitan areas get more than a flurry or two, businesses, schools and some agencies shut down.</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/markets/march-snowfall-leaves-frustration-beauty-its-wake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/march-snowfall-leaves-frustration-beauty-its-wake#comments Markets Precipitation Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:07:00 +0000 91331 at http://southwestfarmpress.com