Southwest Farm Press http://southwestfarmpress.com/rss.xml en Texas A&M ag engineer Dana Porter named engineer of the year, http://southwestfarmpress.com/equipment/texas-am-ag-engineer-dana-porter-named-engineer-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/equipment/texas-am-ag-engineer-dana-porter-named-engineer-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/equipment/texas-am-ag-engineer-dana-porter-named-engineer-year#comments Equipment People Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:54:00 +0000 101541 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Warm, dryweather pattern likely for Texas winter http://southwestfarmpress.com/crops/warm-dryweather-pattern-likely-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/crops/warm-dryweather-pattern-likely-texas-winter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/crops/warm-dryweather-pattern-likely-texas-winter#comments Crops La Nina Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:36:00 +0000 101531 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/increase-produce-expected-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/increase-produce-expected-texas-borders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/increase-produce-expected-texas-borders#comments Vegetables Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:14:00 +0000 101521 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Credit: rep0rter/Thinkstock ChemChina seeks EU approval for $43 billion Syngenta takeover http://southwestfarmpress.com/regulatory/chemchina-seeks-eu-approval-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/regulatory/chemchina-seeks-eu-approval-43-billion-syngenta-takeover" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/regulatory/chemchina-seeks-eu-approval-43-billion-syngenta-takeover#comments Regulatory Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:56:00 +0000 101501 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/proposed-mergers-biotechnology-firms-could-result-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/proposed-mergers-biotechnology-firms-could-result-cotton-seed-price-surge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/proposed-mergers-biotechnology-firms-could-result-cotton-seed-price-surge#comments Cotton Cotton Grains Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:48:00 +0000 101491 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/harvest-gallery-harvest-time-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/harvest-gallery-harvest-time-gut-check" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/harvest-gallery-harvest-time-gut-check#comments Crops Cotton Peanuts Vegetables Wheat Corn Cotton Grain Sorghum Hay Peanuts Vegetables Wheat Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:52:00 +0000 101481 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Harvest time is an opportunity to evaluate.</p> Job opportunities in agriculture expected to grow rapidly http://southwestfarmpress.com/crops/job-opportunities-agriculture-expected-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/crops/job-opportunities-agriculture-expected-grow-rapidly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/crops/job-opportunities-agriculture-expected-grow-rapidly#comments Crops Cotton Grains Peanuts Vegetables Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:08:00 +0000 101471 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-mixed-reactions-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-mixed-reactions-bearish-cotton-benchmark" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-mixed-reactions-bearish-cotton-benchmark#comments Cotton Cotton Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:46:00 +0000 101461 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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’ http://southwestfarmpress.com/regulatory/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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/regulatory/sen-grassley-says-merger-wave-has-become-tsunami" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/regulatory/sen-grassley-says-merger-wave-has-become-tsunami#comments Regulatory Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:33:00 +0000 101451 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Variety plots at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center.</p> Longtime Texas A&M-Commerce agriculture professor Don Reid has died http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/longtime-texas-am-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/longtime-texas-am-commerce-agriculture-professor-don-reid-has-died" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/longtime-texas-am-commerce-agriculture-professor-don-reid-has-died#comments Management People Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:20:00 +0000 101441 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Don Reid</p> Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing on wave of mergers in ag http://southwestfarmpress.com/regulatory/senate-judiciary-committee-holds-hearing-wave-mergers-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/regulatory/senate-judiciary-committee-holds-hearing-wave-mergers-ag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/regulatory/senate-judiciary-committee-holds-hearing-wave-mergers-ag#comments Regulatory Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:54:00 +0000 101431 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/amarillo-texas-donates-15-million-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/amarillo-texas-donates-15-million-texas-tech-veterinary-college" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/amarillo-texas-donates-15-million-texas-tech-veterinary-college#comments Livestock Livestock Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:09:00 +0000 101421 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Producing wheat will be profitable — for some http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/producing-wheat-will-be-profitable-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/producing-wheat-will-be-profitable-some" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/producing-wheat-will-be-profitable-some#comments Wheat Wheat Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:46:00 +0000 101411 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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? http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/liberalized-trade-cuba-significant-benefits-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/liberalized-trade-cuba-significant-benefits-ag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/liberalized-trade-cuba-significant-benefits-ag#comments Legislative Regulations Tue, 20 Sep 2016 19:31:00 +0000 101401 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/2016-fresh-summit-largest-pma-expo-ever-oct-14-16-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/2016-fresh-summit-largest-pma-expo-ever-oct-14-16-orlando" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/2016-fresh-summit-largest-pma-expo-ever-oct-14-16-orlando#comments Vegetables Vegetables Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:52:00 +0000 101391 at http://southwestfarmpress.com American Pima cotton on its way back http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/american-pima-cotton-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/american-pima-cotton-its-way-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/american-pima-cotton-its-way-back#comments Cotton Cotton Mon, 19 Sep 2016 18:12:00 +0000 101381 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/texas-high-tunnel-conference-sare-strawberry-workshop-set-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/texas-high-tunnel-conference-sare-strawberry-workshop-set-oct-11-oct-12" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/texas-high-tunnel-conference-sare-strawberry-workshop-set-oct-11-oct-12#comments Vegetables Vegetables Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:48:00 +0000 101371 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Texas grown strawberries.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Russ Wallace) Conaway says no to reopening farm bill http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/conaway-says-no-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/conaway-says-no-reopening-farm-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/conaway-says-no-reopening-farm-bill#comments Legislative Farm Bill 2012 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:02:00 +0000 101361 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas).</p> House Ag Committee members to visit Coastal Bend http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/house-ag-committee-members-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/house-ag-committee-members-visit-coastal-bend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/house-ag-committee-members-visit-coastal-bend#comments Legislative Election Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:33:00 +0000 101351 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-tinkering-us-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-tinkering-us-cotton-forecast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-tinkering-us-cotton-forecast#comments Cotton Cotton Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:08:00 +0000 101341 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/10-cost-cutting-options-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/10-cost-cutting-options-wheat-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/10-cost-cutting-options-wheat-production#comments Wheat Wheat Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:53:00 +0000 101331 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Burdensome wheat supplies pressure market. Producers are looking at cost-cutting options.</p> Imported produce from Mexico would benefit Texas economy http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/imported-produce-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/imported-produce-mexico-would-benefit-texas-economy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/imported-produce-mexico-would-benefit-texas-economy#comments Vegetables Vegetables Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:23:00 +0000 101301 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/agriculture-bundle-mania-draws-skepticism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/agriculture-bundle-mania-draws-skepticism#comments Agenda Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:57:00 +0000 101311 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/bayer-monsanto-officials-agree-create-innovative-engine-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/bayer-monsanto-officials-agree-create-innovative-engine-ag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/bayer-monsanto-officials-agree-create-innovative-engine-ag#comments Outlook Agrochemicals Wed, 14 Sep 2016 17:59:00 +0000 101291 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Werner Baumann and Hugh Grant announce the Bayer-Monsanto merger agreement.</p> Texas wheat plantings could drop 20 percent http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/texas-wheat-plantings-could-drop-20-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/texas-wheat-plantings-could-drop-20-percent#comments Wheat Wheat Wed, 14 Sep 2016 14:23:00 +0000 101281 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/bayer-closes-deal-monsanto-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/bayer-closes-deal-monsanto-66-billion" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/bayer-closes-deal-monsanto-66-billion#comments Agenda Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:55:00 +0000 101271 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/danny-davis-my-good-friend-has-passed-away" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/danny-davis-my-good-friend-has-passed-away#comments Cotton Farm Press Blog Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:15:00 +0000 101261 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/usda-continues-say-record-crops-are-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/usda-continues-say-record-crops-are-offing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/usda-continues-say-record-crops-are-offing#comments Corn Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:24:00 +0000 101251 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <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 http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/no-end-wheat-rout-stockpiles-ballooning-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/no-end-wheat-rout-stockpiles-ballooning-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/no-end-wheat-rout-stockpiles-ballooning-record#comments Wheat Tue, 13 Sep 2016 15:09:00 +0000 101241 at http://southwestfarmpress.com “Wall’ talk creates more questions along busy U.S., Mexico border http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/wall-talk-creates-more-questions-along-busy-us-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="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/wall-talk-creates-more-questions-along-busy-us-mexico-border" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/wall-talk-creates-more-questions-along-busy-us-mexico-border#comments Legislative Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:13:00 +0000 101231 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Photo Credit: basar17/Thinkstock