Southwest Farm Press http://southwestfarmpress.com/rss.xml en East Texas making good hay, other areas not so much http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/east-texas-making-good-hay-other-areas-not-so-much <div class="field-byline"> Robert Burns, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Rainfall has offered challenges to East Texas hay producers</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/east-texas-making-good-hay-other-areas-not-so-much" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/east-texas-making-good-hay-other-areas-not-so-much#comments Livestock Drought Hay Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:32:00 +0000 87141 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Hay, hay and more hay; a common sight in East Texas this year, according to Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service experts.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns) Moisture levels remain low for SW peanuts; crop conditions holding up http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/moisture-levels-remain-low-sw-peanuts-crop-conditions-holding <div class="node-body article-body">Lack of moisture remains a key issue for southwest peanut growers as they head into the hottest, often driest months of the summer. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/moisture-levels-remain-low-sw-peanuts-crop-conditions-holding" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/moisture-levels-remain-low-sw-peanuts-crop-conditions-holding#comments Peanuts Peanuts Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:19:00 +0000 87131 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Peanuts are progressing well in the Southwest depsite limited rainfall.</p> British and Brahman breed crosses good for South Texas http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/british-and-brahman-breed-crosses-good-south-texas <div class="field-byline"> Blair Fannin, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A bit of conventional and a bit of exotic means improved performance and better returns at the sale barn, an AgriLife Extension economist says.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/british-and-brahman-breed-crosses-good-south-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/british-and-brahman-breed-crosses-good-south-texas#comments Livestock Beef Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:05:00 +0000 87121 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>A South Texas study conducted by the Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service examined the value of crossbreeds in the region, which is important for producers looking to purchase new females as cowherds begin to build back following drought.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Joe Paschal) Beef is heart friendly diet option http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/beef-heart-friendly-diet-option <div class="node-body article-body">Nutrition scientists at Penn State say eating lean beef can reduce health risks including high blood pressure and heart disease.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/beef-heart-friendly-diet-option" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/beef-heart-friendly-diet-option#comments Livestock Beef Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:41:00 +0000 87111 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Eating the proper cuts and amounts of high-quality lean beef is good for your health.</p> Photo Beef Images/Getty Images Soil moisture profiles still low http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/soil-moisture-profiles-still-low <div class="node-body article-body">Despite the continuing drought and poor soil conditions, rainfall Texas has received so far this year have proved beneficial. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/soil-moisture-profiles-still-low" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/soil-moisture-profiles-still-low#comments Water Shortage Drought Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 87101 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>In Texas, planted sorghum acreage was about the same as last year but has seen a 9 percent increase in harvested acres early in the year</p> Oklahoma’s water quality improving, recent de-listings suggest http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/oklahoma-s-water-quality-improving-recent-de-listings-suggest <div class="node-body video-body">Recently, nine Oklahoma streams were removed from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s impaired waterways—bringing the total to 46 in the past several years. This video news release from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service explains how farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders worked together to make that happen. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/oklahoma-s-water-quality-improving-recent-de-listings-suggest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/oklahoma-s-water-quality-improving-recent-de-listings-suggest#comments Water Shortage Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:06:00 +0000 87091 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Ugly truck wanted http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/ugly-truck-wanted <div class="node-body blog-body">Ugly truck photo contest will award $100 prize to winner.</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/ugly-truck-wanted" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/ugly-truck-wanted#comments Management Blog Farm Press Blog Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:23:00 +0000 87081 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Watershed Rehabilitation funds will protect property and lives http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/watershed-rehabilitation-funds-will-protect-property-and-lives <div class="node-body article-body">Watershed Rehabilitation funds will provide rehabilitation assistance for 150 dams in 26 states. Several of those dams are in Oklahoma.</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/government/watershed-rehabilitation-funds-will-protect-property-and-lives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/watershed-rehabilitation-funds-will-protect-property-and-lives#comments Government Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:26:00 +0000 87071 at http://southwestfarmpress.com New Mexico pecan specialists see bright future for pecan growers http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/new-mexico-pecan-specialists-see-bright-future-pecan-growers <div class="node-body article-body">An increasing global demand for pecans offers a bright spot for the industry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/new-mexico-pecan-specialists-see-bright-future-pecan-growers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/new-mexico-pecan-specialists-see-bright-future-pecan-growers#comments Orchard Crops Pecans Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:37:00 +0000 87061 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Sugarcane aphids reach treatment threshold in NE Texas http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sugarcane-aphids-reach-treatment-threshold-ne-texas <div class="node-body article-body">Kendal Wright doesn’t intend to let a heavy infestation of sugarcane aphids jeopardize his chances of making an excellent grain sorghum crop this year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sugarcane-aphids-reach-treatment-threshold-ne-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sugarcane-aphids-reach-treatment-threshold-ne-texas#comments Grains Grain Sorghum Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:27:00 +0000 87051 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Texas AgriLife Extension IPM specialist Jim Swart, checks a grain sorghum field for sugarcane aphid infestations. Swart says treating the aphid with Transform WG insecticide has proven effective so far this summer</p> Early sugarcane aphid infestation threatens NE Texas grain sorghum http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/early-sugarcane-aphid-infestation-threatens-ne-texas-grain-sorghum <div class="node-body video-body">Timely application of Transform WG insecticide is offering excellent control of sugarcane aphids in Northeast Texas.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/early-sugarcane-aphid-infestation-threatens-ne-texas-grain-sorghum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/early-sugarcane-aphid-infestation-threatens-ne-texas-grain-sorghum#comments Grains Grain Sorghum Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:26:00 +0000 87041 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Sorghum is a smart crop http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sorghum-smart-crop <div class="node-body article-body">A gluten-free alternative to wheat and corn, grain sorghum is known as the “camel of crops” for its ability to grow and flourish on less water</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sorghum-smart-crop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sorghum-smart-crop#comments Grains Grain Sorghum Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:32:00 +0000 87031 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Texas peanuts have potential for “above average” year http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/texas-peanuts-have-potential-above-average-year <div class="node-body article-body">The Texas peanut crop has potential for “well above average yields, if we get favorable fall weather,” says Texas AgriLife Extension plant pathologist Jason Woodward, Lubbock.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/texas-peanuts-have-potential-above-average-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/texas-peanuts-have-potential-above-average-year#comments Peanuts Peanuts Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:22:00 +0000 87021 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>A good peanut crop is possible with favorable fall weather for Texas growers.</p> High Plains cotton mixed bag but overall a promising start http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/high-plains-cotton-mixed-bag-overall-promising-start <div class="node-body article-body">Cool, wet conditions early in the season set West Texas cotton up for unusually heavy seedling disease pressure, but the overall crop may make decent yields.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/high-plains-cotton-mixed-bag-overall-promising-start" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/high-plains-cotton-mixed-bag-overall-promising-start#comments Cotton Cotton Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 87011 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Cotton is a &quot;mixed bag&quot; in the Texas High Plains, but the crop could make decent yields.</p> Miller elected to Texas Plant Protection Association Board of Directors http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/miller-elected-texas-plant-protection-association-board-directors <div class="field-byline"> Blair Fannin, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Dr. Travis Miller, interim associate director for state operations with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, has been elected to the board of directors for the Texas Plant Protection Association.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/miller-elected-texas-plant-protection-association-board-directors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/miller-elected-texas-plant-protection-association-board-directors#comments Management Trade Associations Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:46:00 +0000 87001 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Dr. Travis Miller, interim associate director for state operations with the Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service, has been elected to the board of directors with the Texas Plant Protection Association. (Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Communications photo by Kathleen Phillips</p> Aphids can create yield loss, harvest trouble http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/aphids-can-create-yield-loss-harvest-trouble <div class="node-body gallery-body">The sugarcane aphid poses a much greater threat to Northeast Texas sorghum fields this year than it did last summer when it showed up too late to cause much damage. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/aphids-can-create-yield-loss-harvest-trouble" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/aphids-can-create-yield-loss-harvest-trouble#comments Grains Grain Sorghum Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:14:00 +0000 86991 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Kendal Wright, Hunt County, Texas, grain sorghum farmer, is watching sugrcane aphid opulaitons closely.</p> Drought conditions mostly unchanged http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-conditions-mostly-unchanged <div class="node-body article-body">Southwest farmers and ranchers will have their eyes on the skies this week as weather reports indicate lower temperatures and good chances of rain covering much of the region. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-conditions-mostly-unchanged" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-conditions-mostly-unchanged#comments Water Shortage Drought Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:04:00 +0000 86981 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Dried up stock tanks may begin to fill if predictions of rain hold for this week.</p> Exotic nilgai could be hunted to help eradicate Cattle Fever Ticks in Texas http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/exotic-nilgai-could-be-hunted-help-eradicate-cattle-fever-ticks-texas <div class="node-body article-body">The cattle fever tick, and the disease it carries, has the devastating potential to cripple the U.S. cattle industry if not contained. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/exotic-nilgai-could-be-hunted-help-eradicate-cattle-fever-ticks-texas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/exotic-nilgai-could-be-hunted-help-eradicate-cattle-fever-ticks-texas#comments Livestock External Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:02:00 +0000 86971 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Groundwater decline more complicated than irrigation http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/groundwater-decline-more-complicated-irrigation <div class="field-byline"> Kay Ledbetr, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Water-level declines are leveling off recently in some parts of Texas, including GMA 8, suggesting a recovery from historical drawdown due to implementation of conservation and regulatory strategies.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/groundwater-decline-more-complicated-irrigation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/groundwater-decline-more-complicated-irrigation#comments Water Shortage Drought Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:35:00 +0000 86961 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>This graphic was generated by Dr. Sriroop Chaudhuri and Dr. Srinivasulu Ale with Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Research in Vernon to depict the water-level declines over the decades.</p> New online course announced: The ABCs of MRLs http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/new-online-course-announced-abcs-mrls <div class="node-body article-body">A new continuing education course – The ABCs of MRLs – sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection and development by Penton Ag outlines the MRL issue and how to find information on compliance with regulations established by 150 of America’s trading partners.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/new-online-course-announced-abcs-mrls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/new-online-course-announced-abcs-mrls#comments Management Agrochemicals Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:19:00 +0000 86951 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Inaugural irrigation conference features efficiency http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation/inaugural-irrigation-conference-features-efficiency <div class="field-byline"> David L. Nowlin, Caddo County OSU Extension Service </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An Oklahoma Irrigation Conference at the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb August 19 will cover topics that will assist producers to become more efficient managers </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation/inaugural-irrigation-conference-features-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation/inaugural-irrigation-conference-features-efficiency#comments Irrigation Irrigation Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:58:00 +0000 86941 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Managing irrigation systems to improve efficiency will be the focus of the Oklahoma Irrigation Conference Aug. 19.</p> New produce expo coming to Austin in March, 2015 http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/new-produce-expo-coming-austin-march-2015 <div class="field-byline"> TIPA </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) will host the inaugural VIVA Fresh Conference and Expo March 26-28, 2015, at the Hilton Austin in Austin, Texas. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/new-produce-expo-coming-austin-march-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/new-produce-expo-coming-austin-march-2015#comments Vegetables Vegetables Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:55:00 +0000 86931 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Early treatment key for southern rust control in corn http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/early-treatment-key-southern-rust-control-corn <div class="field-byline"> Blair Fannin, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Applying a fungicide early to corn will help prevent southern rust from developing on corn leaves, even if the farmer can’t visually see the rust infection. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/early-treatment-key-southern-rust-control-corn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/early-treatment-key-southern-rust-control-corn#comments Grains Corn Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:32:00 +0000 86921 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Dr. Tom Isakeit, Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist, inspects corn at the Texas A&amp;M University field laboratory near College Station. Isakeit discussed southern rust and use of fungicides as part of the 2014 Crop Tour sponsored by AgriLife Extension and BASF.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin) My age is just a number, a big one http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/my-age-just-number-big-one <div class="node-body blog-body">According to the calendar and the inerrant rules of mathematics, come Sunday, July 13, I reach the milestone of senior citizenry.</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/my-age-just-number-big-one" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/my-age-just-number-big-one#comments Blog Farm Press Blog Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:08:00 +0000 86911 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Concerns over growing VS cases in Texas horses http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/concerns-over-growing-vs-cases-texas-horses <div class="node-body article-body">The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has confirmed two head of cattle in Jim Wells County near Mathis are infected with VS.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/concerns-over-growing-vs-cases-texas-horses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/concerns-over-growing-vs-cases-texas-horses#comments Livestock Conditions and Diseases Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:41:00 +0000 86901 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Sugarcane aphids back in Valley, harvesting underway in Coastal Bend http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sugarcane-aphids-back-valley-harvesting-underway-coastal-bend <div class="node-body article-body">As grain sorghum harvest picks up in South Texas and the Coastal Bend, Texas AgriLife researchers, pest management specialists and county agents are reporting increased sugarcane aphid (SCA) activity in the Lower Rio Grande Valley</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sugarcane-aphids-back-valley-harvesting-underway-coastal-bend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sugarcane-aphids-back-valley-harvesting-underway-coastal-bend#comments Grains Grain Sorghum Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 86891 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>AS HARVEST continues for grain sorghum producers in South Texas, producers are beginning to see more sugarcane aphids.</p> (Photo, Logan Hawkes) Farm bill decision making is target for biennial event http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/farm-bill-decision-making-target-biennial-event <div class="field-byline"> Steve Byrns, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body"> Wheat farmers will have an opportunity to gain some perspective on how the new farm bill will affect production decisions at the Big Country Wheat Conference.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/farm-bill-decision-making-target-biennial-event" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/farm-bill-decision-making-target-biennial-event#comments Wheat Wheat Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:54:00 +0000 86881 at http://southwestfarmpress.com First anthrax case in Texas, more VS reported http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation/first-anthrax-case-texas-more-vs-reported <div class="node-body article-body">Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have reported the first case of anthrax in Texas.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation/first-anthrax-case-texas-more-vs-reported" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/irrigation/first-anthrax-case-texas-more-vs-reported#comments Irrigation Bacterial Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:27:00 +0000 86871 at http://southwestfarmpress.com SW canola producers have insurance options http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sw-canola-producers-have-insurance-options <div class="field-byline"> Vic Schoonover </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Southwest canola producers in counties covered by the USDA Risk Management Agency winter canola crop insurance have until September 2 to buy policies. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sw-canola-producers-have-insurance-options" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sw-canola-producers-have-insurance-options#comments Grains Canola Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:14:00 +0000 86861 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Canola producers in Oklahoma and Texas have crop insurance options.</p> Cattlemen with grass have opportunity with beef http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/cattlemen-grass-have-opportunity-beef <div class="field-byline"> Robert Burns, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The fickleness of the drought, coupled with historically low beef cattle inventories, is making rebuilding herds a good investment.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/cattlemen-grass-have-opportunity-beef" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/livestock/cattlemen-grass-have-opportunity-beef#comments Livestock Beef Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:05:00 +0000 86851 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Cattle await sale at a Sulphur Springs sale barn lot. Cattle prices as well as wholesale and retail beef prices are setting record highs, according to Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service economists. The high prices could pose an opportunity for some p roducers where there&rsquo;s been relief from the drought.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Jason Banta)