Southwest Farm Press en Bayer says it’s confident it can meet Monsanto deal demands <div class="field-byline"> Lydia Mulvany, Jen Skerritt and Johannes Koch, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bayer AG, whose $62 billion takeover bid was rejected earlier by Monsanto Co., said it’s confident it can overcome the seed company’s concerns about the regulatory and financing risks related to a deal that would create the world’s largest supplier of seeds and crop chemicals.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Wed, 25 May 2016 13:48:00 +0000 99101 at <p>Bayer says it&#39;s confident it can meet Monsanto&#39;s demands.</p> (Photo: larryhw/Thinkstock) Rains continue to bring mixed bag to producers around the state <div class="field-byline"> Adam Russell, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Spring storms have created a dilemma for crop and forage producers who can’t access their fields to tend to pests and weeds or find a window of time to cut, cure and bale forage.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Livestock Vegetables Hay Tue, 24 May 2016 22:56:00 +0000 99091 at <p>Water stands along the fence line of a pasture west of Tyler, Texas. Spring rains have saturated pastures and croplands and have forage and crop producers waiting to access fields.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photograph by Adam Russell) Planting season well underway for High Plains crops <div class="node-body gallery-body">High Plains farmers busy with planting season.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Peanuts Cotton Grains Peanuts Tue, 24 May 2016 22:11:00 +0000 99081 at <p>Planting season is well underway in the Texas High Plains.</p> Monsanto rejects Bayer's $62 billion bid <div class="field-byline"> Simon Casey, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Monsanto Co. rejected a $62 billion takeover offer from Bayer AG as too low, while saying it remains open to further deal talks, putting pressure on the German company to raise a bid that has already sent its stock tumbling.</p> <p>&nbsp;&ldquo;We believe in the substantial benefits an integrated strategy could provide to growers and broader society, and we have long respected Bayer&rsquo;s business,&rdquo; Monsanto Chief Executive Officer Hugh Grant said in a statement Tuesday.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Tue, 24 May 2016 18:30:00 +0000 99071 at <p>Monsanto rejects Bayer&#39;s bid; Bayer expected to come back with another.</p> (Photo: mindscanner/Thinkstock) Identification first step in forage weed control <div class="field-byline"> Adam Russell, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Weeds compete with forages like Bahiagrass and Bermuda grass for moisture and nutrients from fertilize.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Livestock Other Forages Tue, 24 May 2016 01:33:00 +0000 99061 at <p>Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, points out Horseweed, a green, leafy warm-season annual plant, and a cool-season perennial plant, Red Sorrel (to the right of her hand) in Coastal Bermuda grass. Seasonal weeds are converging in ranges and pastures around the state.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Adam Russell) Almost drought-free, Texas shows only small patches of abnormally dry areas <div class="node-body article-body"> “only a mouse’s squeak of drought in Hemphill County."</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Water Shortage Precipitation Mon, 23 May 2016 23:17:00 +0000 99051 at <p>Limited field work was performed in the Texas High plains following recent rainfall.</p> Bayer bids $62 billion for Monsanto <div class="field-byline"> Johannes Koch, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bayer AG offered $62 billion to buy Monsanto Co., deepening investor concern that it’s stretching its finances to become the world’s biggest seller of seeds and farm chemicals.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Mon, 23 May 2016 16:22:00 +0000 99041 at <p>Bayer AG offered to buy Monsanto for $62 billion.</p> (Photo: mindscanner/Thinkstock) Texas weather rough ride for farmers <div class="node-body article-body">Last week's storms represent only the latest barrage of unstable weather across the region this spring.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Grains Livestock Vegetables Cotton Flooding Grains Hay Livestock Vegetables Mon, 23 May 2016 15:08:00 +0000 99031 at Livestock budget updates help calculate expense and profit <div class="field-byline"> Blair Fannin, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">“The spreadsheets give producers the ability to produce individualized budgets for their operations,” said Jerry Cornforth, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Livestock Livestock Mon, 23 May 2016 14:28:00 +0000 99021 at <p>A series of spreadsheets is now available to help producers develop planning budgets for the current year.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin) Mars probe to be used by agriculture <div class="node-body article-body">The newly-named AgRover, a tracked robotic system, carries a soil sensing instrument that can test the quality of soil in any field. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Conservation Fri, 20 May 2016 16:06:00 +0000 99011 at Thinkstock/Credit: rajeshbac USDA says organic industry support paying off <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. organic industry jump is represented by organic food sales of $39.7 and non-food organic products accounting for $3.6 billion.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Vegetables Fri, 20 May 2016 16:01:00 +0000 99001 at Thinkstock/Credit: Elenathewise Cotton Spin: Old and new crop comparisons and surprises from Mother Nature <div class="node-body article-body">The price implication of such a month-over-month adjustment in U.S. numbers would historically be a little price weakening.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Fri, 20 May 2016 15:33:00 +0000 98991 at <p>The cotton belt is starting off with relatively good moisture, offering potential for&nbsp; a good production year.</p> Improved transportation infrastructure essential for agriculture <div class="field-byline"> Blair Fannin, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body"> “If you look at agriculture today, you’ve got to have a plan for the future, and transportation is such a critical component of that,” said Dr. Doug Steele, AgriLife Extension director, College Statio</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Markets Marketing and Promotion Thu, 19 May 2016 14:42:00 +0000 98981 at Photo Credit: tfoxfoto/Thinkstock Bayer confirms it made bid for Monsanto <div class="field-byline"> Johannes Koch, Aaron Kirchfeld and Ruth David, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bayer AG made an unsolicited takeover offer for Monsanto Co. in a bold attempt by the German company to snatch the last independent global seeds producer and become the world’s biggest supplier of farm chemicals.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Thu, 19 May 2016 14:31:00 +0000 98971 at <p>If Bayer buys Monsanto, it could be the biggest acquisition globally this year and the largest German deal ever.</p> (Photo: sauletas/Thinkstock) Wheat producers between a rock and a hard place <div class="node-body article-body">The question is, do you accept the current low price (rock) or risk lower prices to take a chance on higher prices (hard place)? </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Wheat Wheat Thu, 19 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000 98961 at <p>World wheat stocks will need to decline for prices to make significant gains for teh 2016/17 marketing year.</p> Is a world without war, poverty, hunger, disease and ignorance remotely possible? <div class="node-body blog-body">The Internet and technology will open new avenues of information to people across the globe, and with this new enlightenment, people will become more educated, more aware of what goes on in the bigger world, and more able to find solutions to life’s infinite array of problems.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Blog Farm Press Blog Wed, 18 May 2016 15:47:00 +0000 98951 at Texas peanut planting nears half-way mark <div class="node-body gallery-body">Cooler than normal weather delays Texas peanut planting.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Peanuts Peanuts Wed, 18 May 2016 14:41:00 +0000 98941 at <p>Loading peanut planter boxes in Gaines County, Texas.</p> Modified crops not seen adding to human health risks, study says <div class="field-byline"> Megan Durisin, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Foods produced from genetically engineered crops don’t pose additional health risks to humans compared with their conventionally bred counterparts, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Miscellaneous Tue, 17 May 2016 18:34:00 +0000 98931 at <p>Study finds glyphosate not linked to cancer in humans, but difficult to detect effects on environment.</p> (Photo: designer491/Thinkstock) Pesticide label is a critical for preserving necessary crop protection tools <div class="node-body article-body">Three things a producer should pay attention to on a herbicide (or other pesticide) label.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Herbicides Tue, 17 May 2016 15:26:00 +0000 98921 at <p>herbicide (and other pesticide) applications should follow the label. Poor performance, yield loss and potential weed resistance could result from non-label uses.</p> Cotton, hay, canola, wheat and a new entomologist are featured in Extension media reports <div class="field-byline"> Texas AgriLife media reports </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Texas AgriLife offers new information on wheat, canola, hay and new entomologist.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Government Grains Vegetables Wheat Canola Cotton Hay Vegetables Wheat Mon, 16 May 2016 16:14:00 +0000 98911 at <p>An adult western flower thrips is pictured on top and the larva on the bottom.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo) Bayer-Monsanto bid may trigger more scrutiny for rival deals <div class="field-byline"> David McLaughlin and Karin Matussek, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bayer AG’s possible takeover of Monsanto Co. isn’t likely to raise significant antitrust hurdles by itself, but it could intensify global scrutiny of the handful of companies striking megadeals that would consolidate the crop-chemicals industry.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Thu, 12 May 2016 21:01:00 +0000 98901 at <p>The latest potential megadeal in the crop-chemical business comes as some $504 billion of transactions announced last year have been terminated for various reasons, including antitrust opposition.</p> (Photo: mindscanner/Thinkstock) Early season insect management in South Texas cotton <div class="node-body article-body">Cotton aphid populations so far are light to moderate and seem slow to increase based upon the latest observations.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Thu, 12 May 2016 18:32:00 +0000 98891 at <p>Cotton aphids are on the prowl in South Texas.</p> Gaylon Morgan, Texas AgriLife Extension West fertilizer explosion was no accident <div class="node-body article-body">West, Texas, explosion, destroyed 500 homes in the small town of 2,300, resulted in the death of 15 people and additional injuries to at least 200 other residents and "was no accident."</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Chemicals Thu, 12 May 2016 18:08:00 +0000 98881 at DamWatch - Using new technology to keep dams safe <div class="field-byline"> NCRS </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Local conservation districts and NRCS are using new technology to help monitor 12,000 dams across the nation that have been constructed with assistance from the NRCS Watershed program.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Water Shortage Thu, 12 May 2016 15:50:00 +0000 98871 at Bayer said to eye bid for $40 billion seed company Monsanto <div class="field-byline"> Aaron Kirchfeld, Ruth David and Sheenagh Matthews, Bloomberg </div> <div class="field-deck"> Deal would create world's largest supplier of seed and farm chemicals. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bayer AG is exploring a potential bid for U.S. competitor Monsanto Co. in a deal that would create the world’s largest supplier of seeds and farm chemicals, according to people familiar with the matter.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management Thu, 12 May 2016 15:16:00 +0000 98851 at <p>Bayer AG is reported to be exploring a bid for rival Monsanto.</p> (Photo: fotokostic/Thinkstock) Southwest cotton crop well underway in the South; Planters are rolling in the Southern and High Plains <div class="node-body gallery-body">Most cotton fields in southern and eastern Texas are faring well and recent rains have improved soil moisture indexes in portions of West Texas and the Panhandle in time for planting <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Thu, 12 May 2016 14:53:00 +0000 98861 at <p>Southwest cotton farmers are busy putting in the 2016 crop.</p> Wet spring provides good environment for wheat disease <div class="node-body article-body">Here’s a brief look at what Extension wheat specialists are seeing as the crop nears harvest.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grains Wheat Wheat Wed, 11 May 2016 19:31:00 +0000 98841 at <p>Wheat streak mosaic in wheat growing next to a field in which volunteer wheat had not been controlled in the fall or through the winter.</p> Bob Hunger, Oklahoma State University Extension Pecan farmers pass Federal Marketing Order for research and promotion <div class="node-body article-body">Pecan producers pass Federal Marketing Order for Pecans.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Orchard Crops Wed, 11 May 2016 14:42:00 +0000 98831 at News of Aribusiness: EPA Expands Approval of Transform WG Insecticide for Use in Sorghum <div class="node-body article-body">Transform Section 18 approvals have been issued in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee for 2016.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Grains Grain Sorghum Tue, 10 May 2016 19:29:00 +0000 98821 at Texas A&M AgriLife personnel recognized with honors, promotion <div class="field-byline"> Texas AgriLife Communications </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Three Texas A&M AgriLife personnel honored</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) Tue, 10 May 2016 19:03:00 +0000 98811 at <p>Dr. Susan Ballabina was named executive associate director for the Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service.</p>