Southwest Farm Press http://southwestfarmpress.com/rss.xml en May 16 Texas Ag Forum to feature agricultural transportation issues http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/may-16-texas-ag-forum-feature-agricultural-transportation-issues <div class="field-byline"> Blair Fannin, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">"It’s critically important to the future of Texas agriculture that these products move smoothly and efficiently.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/may-16-texas-ag-forum-feature-agricultural-transportation-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/may-16-texas-ag-forum-feature-agricultural-transportation-issues#comments Markets Conferences Cotton Grains Vegetables Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:12:00 +0000 98591 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Texas AgriLife livestock specialists look for efficiencies http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/texas-agrilife-livestock-specialists-look-efficiencies <div class="node-body article-body">Texas AgriLife livestock experts discuss improving production efficiency</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/texas-agrilife-livestock-specialists-look-efficiencies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/texas-agrilife-livestock-specialists-look-efficiencies#comments Livestock Beef Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:51:00 +0000 98581 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>A group of calves at the 2016 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Convention.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin) Aerial surveys can spot boll weevil hideouts http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/aerial-surveys-can-spot-boll-weevil-hideouts <div class="field-byline"> Dennis O&#039;Brien </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Airborne imagery can be used to estimate cotton stalk regrowth when the leaf canopies of cotton plants are at least 8 to 12 inches wide. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/aerial-surveys-can-spot-boll-weevil-hideouts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/aerial-surveys-can-spot-boll-weevil-hideouts#comments Cotton Cotton Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:43:00 +0000 98571 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Texas entomologists testing potato psyllids for insecticide resistance http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/texas-entomologists-testing-potato-psyllids-insecticide-resistance <div class="node-body article-body">Psyllids have been able to develop resistance to neonicotinoid-based insecticide management programs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/texas-entomologists-testing-potato-psyllids-insecticide-resistance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/texas-entomologists-testing-potato-psyllids-insecticide-resistance#comments Vegetables Vegetables Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:43:00 +0000 98561 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Dr. Ada Szczepaniec, Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Research entomologist, examines psyllid activity.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Kay Ledbetter) What do NBA’s Steph Curry and Southwest editor have in common? http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/what-do-nba-s-steph-curry-and-southwest-editor-have-common <div class="node-body blog-body">I hurt my knee walking from a table to the condiment shelf in a fast-food restaurant. </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/what-do-nba-s-steph-curry-and-southwest-editor-have-common" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/what-do-nba-s-steph-curry-and-southwest-editor-have-common#comments Management Blog Farm Press Blog Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:44:00 +0000 98551 at http://southwestfarmpress.com China has pulled back on cotton but remains a major player http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/china-has-pulled-back-cotton-remains-major-player <div class="node-body article-body">China's reduction of subsidies and decision to reduce its reserve stocks will impact cotton market, but no one is sure how just yet, NCC official says.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/china-has-pulled-back-cotton-remains-major-player" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/china-has-pulled-back-cotton-remains-major-player#comments Cotton Government Markets Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:31:00 +0000 98541 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Photo by Guang Niu/Getty Images EU’s new view on peanuts puts pressure on US fungicide options http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/eu-s-new-view-peanuts-puts-pressure-us-fungicide-options <div class="field-byline"> Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia Extension Pathologist </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The good news is that the “sky” is not falling; there are a number of effective options available!</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/eu-s-new-view-peanuts-puts-pressure-us-fungicide-options" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/eu-s-new-view-peanuts-puts-pressure-us-fungicide-options#comments Peanuts Peanuts Tue, 26 Apr 2016 17:48:00 +0000 98531 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Ramkumar wins 2016 President’s Excellence in Commercialization Award http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/ramkumar-wins-2016-president-s-excellence-commercialization-award <div class="node-body article-body">Ramkumar’s research focuses on developing value-added materials using nonwovens and nanotechnology</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/ramkumar-wins-2016-president-s-excellence-commercialization-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/ramkumar-wins-2016-president-s-excellence-commercialization-award#comments Cotton Cotton Tue, 26 Apr 2016 16:22:00 +0000 98521 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Here are BMPs for efficient peanut production http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/here-are-bmps-efficient-peanut-production <div class="node-body article-body">Proven best management practices--sound irrigation management, effective weed and disease control and a good rotation program will increase peanut production efficiency.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/here-are-bmps-efficient-peanut-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/here-are-bmps-efficient-peanut-production#comments Peanuts Peanuts Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:51:00 +0000 98511 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Texas AgriLife Extension pathologist and peanut specialist Jason Woodward, Lubbock Research and Extension Center, checks his PowerPoint slides before discussing peanut best management practices at the Oklahoma Peanut Expo.</p> Bloomberg: DuPont boosts outlook as first-quarter sales top estimates http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/bloomberg-dupont-boosts-outlook-first-quarter-sales-top-estimates <div class="field-byline"> Jack Kaskey, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">DuPont Co., which plans to merge this year with Dow Chemical Co., raised its earnings outlook for 2016 after higher seed prices boosted first-quarter sales.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/bloomberg-dupont-boosts-outlook-first-quarter-sales-top-estimates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/bloomberg-dupont-boosts-outlook-first-quarter-sales-top-estimates#comments Markets Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:56:00 +0000 98501 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Emerging Leaders selected for 2016-17 National Cotton Council program http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/emerging-leaders-selected-2016-17-national-cotton-council-program <div class="node-body article-body"> U.S. cotton’s central organization needs leaders who are willing to embrace the responsibilities that come with working to ensure a healthy future for the U.S. cotton industry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/emerging-leaders-selected-2016-17-national-cotton-council-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/emerging-leaders-selected-2016-17-national-cotton-council-program#comments Cotton Cotton National Cotton Council Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:29:00 +0000 98491 at http://southwestfarmpress.com SCA numbers rising steadily in Deep South Texas http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sca-numbers-rising-steadily-deep-south-texas <div class="node-body article-body">"It is critical during the next three weeks to monitor sorghum closely—every 3 to 4 days."</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sca-numbers-rising-steadily-deep-south-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sca-numbers-rising-steadily-deep-south-texas#comments Grains Grain Sorghum Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:48:00 +0000 98481 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Frequent scouting for sugarcane aphids should prevent infestations like this as the season progresses.</p> Bloomberg: Innovation, investment needed for food security: Ministers http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/bloomberg-innovation-investment-needed-food-security-ministers <div class="field-byline"> Aya Takada, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Farmers face challenges of aging workforce and extreme weather as they strive to produce more food.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/bloomberg-innovation-investment-needed-food-security-ministers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/bloomberg-innovation-investment-needed-food-security-ministers#comments Government Mon, 25 Apr 2016 13:15:00 +0000 98471 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 10 steps to control weeds in peanuts http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/10-steps-control-weeds-peanuts <div class="node-body article-body">“The day you plant peanuts you have the highest yield potential you’ll have all season.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/10-steps-control-weeds-peanuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/10-steps-control-weeds-peanuts#comments Peanuts Peanuts Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:46:00 +0000 98461 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Weed control begins before peanut seed go into the ground.</p> COTTON SPIN: China’s cotton reserve policy: details and implications http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-china-s-cotton-reserve-policy-details-and-implications <div class="node-body article-body">China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NRCD) made a long-awaited announcement about how and when they will begin selling off their cotton reserves.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-china-s-cotton-reserve-policy-details-and-implications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-china-s-cotton-reserve-policy-details-and-implications#comments Cotton Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:56:00 +0000 98451 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Superior grade new crop cotton should continue to benefit from its relative scarcity in the world, as it has for several years.</p> Two connected stories: The KC July wheat contract price and the basis http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/two-connected-stories-kc-july-wheat-contract-price-and-basis <div class="node-body article-body">When wheat prices got low, the basis became the most important story. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/two-connected-stories-kc-july-wheat-contract-price-and-basis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/two-connected-stories-kc-july-wheat-contract-price-and-basis#comments Wheat Wheat Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:40:00 +0000 98431 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>KC wheat contract price history indicates that the futures contract price floor is about $4.30. But it could go lower.</p> A drive into farm country is an ideal way to celebrate Earth Day http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/drive-farm-country-ideal-way-celebrate-earth-day <div class="node-body blog-body">Before you leave, shake his hand. Tell him thanks for all he does. He doesn’t hear that often enough. Tell him you’re celebrating Earth Day. He’ll understand — he celebrates it every day.</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/drive-farm-country-ideal-way-celebrate-earth-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/drive-farm-country-ideal-way-celebrate-earth-day#comments Management Blog Farm Press Blog Thu, 21 Apr 2016 14:11:00 +0000 98421 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Farm country is an ideal place to honor Earth Day.</p> Farmers understand Earth Day http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/farmers-understand-earth-day <div class="node-body gallery-body">Many self-proclaimed environmental organizations may use the day to blame farmers and ranchers for environmental crimes and for ignoring basic conservation practices.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/farmers-understand-earth-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/farmers-understand-earth-day#comments Management Vegetables Management Vegetables Wed, 20 Apr 2016 19:12:00 +0000 98411 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Earth Day offers an opportunity to celebrate the wonder of our planet.&nbsp; No better place to do that than out in farm country.</p> Bloomberg: Syngenta still aims to complete ChemChina deal by year-end http://southwestfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/bloomberg-syngenta-still-aims-complete-chemchina-deal-year-end <div class="field-byline"> Andrew Noël and Alice Baghdjian, Bloomberg </div> <div class="node-body article-body">State-owned ChemChina offered more than $43 billion cash for Syngenta in February.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/bloomberg-syngenta-still-aims-complete-chemchina-deal-year-end" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/bloomberg-syngenta-still-aims-complete-chemchina-deal-year-end#comments Miscellaneous Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:51:00 +0000 98401 at http://southwestfarmpress.com El Nino blasts Southwest, West with big storms http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/el-nino-blasts-southwest-west-big-storms <div class="node-body article-body">In metro Houston, flood waters inundated over a thousand homes and claimed the lives of at least six people.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/el-nino-blasts-southwest-west-big-storms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/el-nino-blasts-southwest-west-big-storms#comments Wheat Flooding Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:02:00 +0000 98391 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Allergy issue still a big hurdle for peanut industry http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/allergy-issue-still-big-hurdle-peanut-industry <div class="node-body article-body"> Early exposure to peanuts significantly reduces the potential for children to develop an allergy. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/allergy-issue-still-big-hurdle-peanut-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/allergy-issue-still-big-hurdle-peanut-industry#comments Peanuts Peanuts Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:33:00 +0000 98381 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>National Peanut Board President and CEO Bob Parker says peanut allergy is a primary focus of the NPB, but&nbsp; marketing and research needs are also priorities. Parker spoke at the recent&nbsp; Oklahoma Peanut Expo in Altus.</p> EWG’s "Dirty Dozen" list once inflammatory, now discredited http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/ewg-s-dirty-dozen-list-once-inflammatory-now-discredited <div class="field-byline"> Alliance for Food and Farming | </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This USDA report states that the findings show “residues do not pose a safety concern.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/ewg-s-dirty-dozen-list-once-inflammatory-now-discredited" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/ewg-s-dirty-dozen-list-once-inflammatory-now-discredited#comments Vegetables Vegetables Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:06:00 +0000 98371 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>For strawberries, a child could eat 1,508 servings of strawberries in a day and still not have any effects from pesticide residues.</p> Texas AgriLife Extension photo News of agribusiness: 2016 Deltapine NPE program features Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/news-agribusiness-2016-deltapine-npe-program-features-bollgard-ii-xtendflex-cotton <div class="node-body article-body">“Each new class of Deltapine cotton varieties has resulted in improved yield potential, better fiber quality and agronomic solutions for growers across the Cotton Belt.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/news-agribusiness-2016-deltapine-npe-program-features-bollgard-ii-xtendflex-cotton" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/news-agribusiness-2016-deltapine-npe-program-features-bollgard-ii-xtendflex-cotton#comments Cotton Cotton Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:28:00 +0000 98361 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Representative farms showing little but red ink over next four years http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/representative-farms-showing-little-red-ink-over-next-four-years <div class="node-body article-body">“The results for our feed grain and oilseed farms, as well as wheat and cotton farms, are the worst (in terms of the highest percentage of farms in the poor category) since the late 1990s,” said Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agriculture and Food Policy Center. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/representative-farms-showing-little-red-ink-over-next-four-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/representative-farms-showing-little-red-ink-over-next-four-years#comments Cotton Cotton Grains Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:08:00 +0000 98341 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>U.S. feed grain, oilseed, wheat and cotton farms face the bleakest outlook they&rsquo;ve seen since the late 1990s in terms of financial condition and their long-term prospects for survivability, said&nbsp;Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agriculture and Food Policy Center in testimony before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management.</p> Plains Cotton Growers’ annual meeting is heavy on politics http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/plains-cotton-growers-annual-meeting-heavy-politics <div class="node-body article-body">Becoming involved in the political process, especially during hard times in farm country, should be a priority.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/plains-cotton-growers-annual-meeting-heavy-politics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/plains-cotton-growers-annual-meeting-heavy-politics#comments Cotton Cotton Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:58:00 +0000 98331 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>As planting time nears in the Texas High Plains, producers have management decisions to consider, but they also have an election year on their minds that could have significant ramifications for agriculture.</p> Villalba named PCG Cotton Extension Agent of the Year http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/villalba-named-pcg-cotton-extension-agent-year <div class="node-body article-body">These producers determined they gained an $11.35 per acre economic benefit from Villalba’s programs. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/villalba-named-pcg-cotton-extension-agent-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/villalba-named-pcg-cotton-extension-agent-year#comments Cotton Cotton Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:33:00 +0000 98321 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>John Villalba, Swisher County agriculture Extension agent, accepts the PCG Cotton Extension Agent of the Year from PCH president&nbsp; Shawn Holladay during the recent PCG annual meeting in Lubbock.</p> Timeliness is critical to improve peanut production efficiency http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/timeliness-critical-improve-peanut-production-efficiency <div class="node-body article-body"> “If we do things that sacrifice yield, we cut our throats.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/timeliness-critical-improve-peanut-production-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/timeliness-critical-improve-peanut-production-efficiency#comments Peanuts Peanuts Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:07:00 +0000 98311 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>OSU Extension educator, Gary Strickland, left, talks with&nbsp; OSU agronomist Todd Baughman during the&nbsp; Oklahoma Peanut Expo in Altus, Okla. Baughman says timing--planting, spraying and harvesting--is crucial for efficient peanut production.</p> Pigs pose problems for producers around the state http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/pigs-pose-problems-producers-around-state <div class="field-byline"> Adam Russell, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body"> The statewide population estimate is around 2.6 million wild pigs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/pigs-pose-problems-producers-around-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/pigs-pose-problems-producers-around-state#comments Livestock Wildlife Management Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:50:00 +0000 98301 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>The large rooted -up area to this East Texas bermudagrass pasture is one type of typical damage done by feral hogs.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Billy Higginbotham) Where do things stand with Xtend technology registration? http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/where-do-things-stand-xtend-technology-registration <div class="field-deck"> A chat with Monsanto’s Director of Industry Affairs </div> <div class="node-body article-body">"Ultimately, we’re looking forward to the EPA finalizing their decision to give growers the opportunity to spray one of the dicamba formulations over-the-top of these crops.” -- Kim Magin, Monsanto director of industry affairs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/where-do-things-stand-xtend-technology-registration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/where-do-things-stand-xtend-technology-registration#comments Cotton Government Management Markets Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:48:00 +0000 98291 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Production systems, nutrition, fabrication methods to be featured http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/production-systems-nutrition-fabrication-methods-be-featured <div class="field-byline"> Blair Fannin, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Producers can learn about all aspects of grass-fed beef production techniques at the conference.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/production-systems-nutrition-fabrication-methods-be-featured" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/production-systems-nutrition-fabrication-methods-be-featured#comments Livestock Beef Fri, 15 Apr 2016 18:46:00 +0000 98281 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Dr. Davey Griffin, Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service meats specialist, will discuss Fabrication from Carcass to Retail Cuts at the grass-fed beef conference May 26-27 in College Station</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)