Southwest Farm Press http://southwestfarmpress.com/rss.xml en Ogallala Aquifer levels dropping faster than expected http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/ogallala-aquifer-levels-dropping-faster-expected <div class="node-body article-body">Ogallala Aquifer levels are dropping at a more accelerated rate than expected. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/ogallala-aquifer-levels-dropping-faster-expected" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/ogallala-aquifer-levels-dropping-faster-expected#comments Water Shortage Irrigation Management Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:07:00 +0000 90071 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Groundwater withdrawals from the High Plains aquifer for irrigation increased from 4 million acre-feet to 19 million acre-feet from 1949 to 1974.</p> Fever Tick fight heats up in South Texas http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/fever-tick-fight-heats-south-texas <div class="node-body article-body">Bovine babesiosis, commonly known as Texas cattle fever, is a deadly disease of cattle.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/fever-tick-fight-heats-south-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/fever-tick-fight-heats-south-texas#comments Livestock External Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:17:00 +0000 90061 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Harvest is best time to sell wheat http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/harvest-best-time-sell-wheat <div class="node-body article-body">Research indicates that for Oklahoma, Texas, and Southwestern Kansas, the single best time to sell wheat year-end and year-out is at harvest</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/harvest-best-time-sell-wheat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/harvest-best-time-sell-wheat#comments Wheat Wheat Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:07:00 +0000 90051 at http://southwestfarmpress.com COTTON SPIN: A Longer View of the Cotton Market http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-longer-view-cotton-market <div class="node-body article-body">USDA’s tentative numbers for the 2015 U.S. cotton crop are in line with a number of recent analyses.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-longer-view-cotton-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-longer-view-cotton-market#comments Cotton Cotton Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:46:00 +0000 90041 at http://southwestfarmpress.com New Mexico dairy industry faces turbulent times http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/new-mexico-dairy-industry-faces-turbulent-times <div class="node-body article-body">Under terms of the proposed new rules, the New Mexico dairy industry would be facing requirements that are burdensome and unreasonable.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/new-mexico-dairy-industry-faces-turbulent-times" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/new-mexico-dairy-industry-faces-turbulent-times#comments Livestock Dairy Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:39:00 +0000 90031 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Avian flu detected in wild birds in Washington State http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/avian-flu-detected-wild-birds-washington-state <div class="node-body article-body">The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5 avian influenza in wild birds in Whatcom County, Washington, earlier this week.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/avian-flu-detected-wild-birds-washington-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/avian-flu-detected-wild-birds-washington-state#comments Livestock Livestock Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:16:00 +0000 90021 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Normalizing relations with Cuba a boon to Texas ag http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/normalizing-relations-cuba-boon-texas-ag <div class="node-body article-body">Normalized relations to Cuba could be a boon to Texas agriculture.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/normalizing-relations-cuba-boon-texas-ag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/normalizing-relations-cuba-boon-texas-ag#comments Government Import and Export Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:49:00 +0000 90011 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Drought has long been part of Texas climate and will continue http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-has-long-been-part-texas-climate-and-will-continue <div class="node-body article-body">When drought settles in for several years, farm income suffers, and the shock waves of lost revenue rip across communities, counties, even regions.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-has-long-been-part-texas-climate-and-will-continue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-has-long-been-part-texas-climate-and-will-continue#comments Water Shortage Drought Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:18:00 +0000 90001 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>DR. TRAVIS MILLER, left, chats with Dr. Craig Nessler, director of Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Research, and Dr. Steve Searcy, head of the Texas A&amp;M University department of biological and agricultural engineering, at the recent Texas Plant Protection Association&rsquo;s annual conference in Bryan, Texas</p> How many organisms could you identify? http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/how-many-organisms-could-you-identify <div class="field-byline"> Jason P. Ott, CEA – Ag Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service </div> <div class="node-body article-body">TPPA conference does a great job of giving attendees an overview of current trends affecting agriculture.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/how-many-organisms-could-you-identify" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/how-many-organisms-could-you-identify#comments Management Pasture Management Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:53:00 +0000 89971 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Gary Bradshaw, consultant from Richmond, was awarded first place in the Pest Identification Contest by Barron Rector, Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist. TPPA Presidnet Dale Mott, presents the award.</p> (Photo by Blair Fanin, Texas AgriLife) Nothing small about Christmas http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/nothing-small-about-christmas <div class="node-body blog-body">We have a new grandson to help celebrate his first Christmas.</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/nothing-small-about-christmas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/nothing-small-about-christmas#comments Management Blog Farm Press Blog Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:39:00 +0000 89961 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>It&#39;s not the size of the tree.</p> Agriculture losses to predators a real concern http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/agriculture-losses-predators-real-concern <div class="node-body article-body">Cattle and calf predation losses due to predators in Texas totaled 4,100 and 35,000 head valued at over $18 million in 2005 (NASS 2006) and 6,000 and 40,000 head valued at over $19.4 million in 2010 (NASS 2011)</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/agriculture-losses-predators-real-concern" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/agriculture-losses-predators-real-concern#comments Livestock Wildlife Management Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:51:00 +0000 89951 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Proposed biological control for Asian citrus psyllid http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/proposed-biological-control-asian-citrus-psyllid <div class="node-body article-body">Economic losses attributable to HLB in Florida are estimated at greater than $1.7 billion.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/proposed-biological-control-asian-citrus-psyllid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/proposed-biological-control-asian-citrus-psyllid#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:17:00 +0000 89941 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Making cash with Christmas trees and wild hogs http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/making-cash-christmas-trees-and-wild-hogs <div class="node-body article-body">Activities that may at first seem unlikely to fit your operation and location may provide more opportunity than you imagine.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/making-cash-christmas-trees-and-wild-hogs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/making-cash-christmas-trees-and-wild-hogs#comments Management Wildlife Management Mon, 15 Dec 2014 21:09:00 +0000 89931 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Wheat price trend tilting to the upside http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-price-trend-tilting-upside <div class="node-body article-body">Since the October’s KC March contract low price of $5.54, each price peak has been higher than the last peak, and each price low has been higher than the last low price.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-price-trend-tilting-upside" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-price-trend-tilting-upside#comments Wheat Wheat Fri, 12 Dec 2014 22:12:00 +0000 89921 at http://southwestfarmpress.com TPPA honors outstanding service to agriculture at luncheon http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/tppa-honors-outstanding-service-agriculture-luncheon <div class="node-body gallery-body">TPPA annual awards luncheon honors outstanding service to Texas agriculture.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/tppa-honors-outstanding-service-agriculture-luncheon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/tppa-honors-outstanding-service-agriculture-luncheon#comments Management Trade Associations Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:07:00 +0000 89911 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>THE TPPA NORMAN BORLAUG LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD was given posthumously to Dr. Tom Cothren. Cothren&rsquo;s wife Lynda and son, Denton Cothren accepted the award. Also pictured are (left) Chairman Ray Smith and TPPA President Dale Mott.</p> Watch marketing year average price to help farm bill decisions http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/watch-marketing-year-average-price-help-farm-bill-decisions <div class="node-body video-body">Farmers have numerous choices in the Agricultural Act of 2014 or 2014 farm bill, and those choices are there because someone fought for them, Texas A&M University economist says.</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/watch-marketing-year-average-price-help-farm-bill-decisions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/watch-marketing-year-average-price-help-farm-bill-decisions#comments Equipment Government Grains Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:50:00 +0000 89901 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Water availability limiting factor in ag production http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/water-availability-limiting-factor-ag-production <div class="node-body article-body">“The question of whether water is limiting our ability to produce is an easy one.” But the answer is more complex.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/water-availability-limiting-factor-ag-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/water-availability-limiting-factor-ag-production#comments Vegetables Drought Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:30:00 +0000 89891 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>J. ALLEN CARNES, Winter Garden area farmer, says water remains the No.1 limiting factor for crop production in Texas. Carnes spoke recently at the 26<sup>th</sup> annual Texas Plant Protection Association Conference in Bryan, Texas.</p> Experts Explain Top Factor for Selecting Varieties http://southwestfarmpress.com/dow-agrosciences-llc/experts-explain-top-factor-selecting-varieties <div class="field-byline"> Sponsored by </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Each year, producers face a vital decision that has a big impact on yield: variety selection. Digesting all of that yield data from company and university sources can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s comforting to lean on industry experts for help narrowing the field. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/dow-agrosciences-llc/experts-explain-top-factor-selecting-varieties" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/dow-agrosciences-llc/experts-explain-top-factor-selecting-varieties#comments Cotton Dow AgroSciences LLC Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:33:00 +0000 89881 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Water issues featured in TPPA conference opening session http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation/water-issues-featured-tppa-conference-opening-session <div class="node-body article-body">Technology, including improved irrigation and production methods as well as new varieties, will be critical for efficient water management.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation/water-issues-featured-tppa-conference-opening-session" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation/water-issues-featured-tppa-conference-opening-session#comments Irrigation Irrigation Thu, 11 Dec 2014 02:01:00 +0000 89861 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Jim Bordovsky, Texas AgriLife Research, and Dale Mott, AgriLife Extension and TPPA president, check the agenda for the annual TPPA conference at the Brazos Center in Bryan, Texas. The 26<sup>th</sup> annual conference focused on water issues.</p> Growth of the Texas olive industry http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/growth-texas-olive-industry <div class="node-body article-body">“Olives will grow in virtually any kind of environment and all kinds of soil, but the biggest issue Texas has with growing olives is the weather."</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/growth-texas-olive-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/growth-texas-olive-industry#comments Orchard Crops Fruits Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:32:00 +0000 89851 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Texas Farm Bureau elects new president http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/texas-farm-bureau-elects-new-president <div class="node-body article-body">Delegates selected Russell Boening of Poth as the 10th president of Texas Farm Bureau.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/texas-farm-bureau-elects-new-president" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/texas-farm-bureau-elects-new-president#comments Management State Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:18:00 +0000 89841 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Russell Boening (left)&mdash;a South Texas dairyman, farmer and rancher&mdash; was elected the 10th president of Texas Farm Bureau. Past President Kenneth Dierschke (right) congratulates him.</p> Texas Farm Bureau More tinkering with cotton supply http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/more-tinkering-cotton-supply <div class="node-body article-body">The bigger surprise in the December numbers came on the U.S. side.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/more-tinkering-cotton-supply" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/more-tinkering-cotton-supply#comments Cotton Cotton Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:06:00 +0000 89831 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Toxic wheat claims are inflammatory, irresponsible and false http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/toxic-wheat-claims-are-inflammatory-irresponsible-and-false <div class="field-byline"> Donald Stotts, OSU agriculture communications </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Social media's self-appointed food experts are doing a hatchet job on American wheat.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/toxic-wheat-claims-are-inflammatory-irresponsible-and-false" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/toxic-wheat-claims-are-inflammatory-irresponsible-and-false#comments Wheat Wheat Tue, 09 Dec 2014 22:34:00 +0000 89821 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>In 2014, Oklahoma suffered its worst wheat crop since 1957, harvesting only 47 million bushels. Prior to 2014, the 5-year Oklahoma average was to harvest nearly 116 million bushels annually.</p> (Photo by Todd Johnson) Red cedar encroachment threatens grasslands http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/red-cedar-encroachment-threatens-grasslands <div class="node-body article-body">Spread of the eastern red cedar can transform highly productive rangeland into limited production quickly.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/red-cedar-encroachment-threatens-grasslands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/red-cedar-encroachment-threatens-grasslands#comments Livestock Other Forages Tue, 09 Dec 2014 22:10:00 +0000 89811 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Revised pecan production in Texas http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/revised-pecan-production-texas <div class="node-body article-body">Pecans are the No. 1 fruit crop in Texas in terms of acreage, but the industry has suffered greatly in recent years.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/revised-pecan-production-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/revised-pecan-production-texas#comments Orchard Crops Pecans Tue, 09 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000 89801 at http://southwestfarmpress.com The push for a more efficient rural America http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/push-more-efficient-rural-america <div class="node-body article-body">Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that USDA has funded the first two loans under the new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/push-more-efficient-rural-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/push-more-efficient-rural-america#comments Government USDA Mon, 08 Dec 2014 23:20:00 +0000 89791 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Chili pepper drop to mark New Mexico New Year Event http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/chili-pepper-drop-mark-new-mexico-new-year-event <div class="node-body article-body">Why not a falling, giant, lighted chile pepper to ring in the New Year?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/chili-pepper-drop-mark-new-mexico-new-year-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/chili-pepper-drop-mark-new-mexico-new-year-event#comments Vegetables Vegetables Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:16:00 +0000 89781 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Wheat Man of the Year awarded to former FSA administrator http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-man-year-awarded-former-fsa-administrator <div class="node-body article-body">Garcia is a three-time recipient of the FSA Administrator's Award for Service to Agriculture</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-man-year-awarded-former-fsa-administrator" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/wheat-man-year-awarded-former-fsa-administrator#comments Wheat Wheat Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:12:00 +0000 89771 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Land values continue to increase in U.S. and Southwest http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/land-values-continue-increase-us-and-southwest <div class="node-body article-body">Texas land values are up more than 10 percent; Oklahoma values have risen by more than 9 percent, New Mexico is up more than 8 percent and Kansas rose just over 17 percent.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/land-values-continue-increase-us-and-southwest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/land-values-continue-increase-us-and-southwest#comments Management Inputs Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:02:00 +0000 89761 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>CROPLAND VALUES continue an upward trend, even as commodity prices decrease.</p> Long-term drought drives push for irrigation efficiency http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation/long-term-drought-drives-push-irrigation-efficiency <div class="node-body article-body">Nothing drives home the importance of improving irrigation efficiency like a four-year drought.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation/long-term-drought-drives-push-irrigation-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation/long-term-drought-drives-push-irrigation-efficiency#comments Irrigation Irrigation Thu, 04 Dec 2014 22:36:00 +0000 89751 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Efficient irrigation systems crucial in water management.</p>