Southwest Farm Press http://southwestfarmpress.com/rss.xml en Happy time: Hatch chile is on the way http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/happy-time-hatch-chile-way <div class="field-byline"> Karen Ray, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Chile River, Inc., is a busy place these days. Producer Jerry Franzoy has already shipped out some early green chile and semi trucks loaded with onions come and go constantly. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/happy-time-hatch-chile-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/happy-time-hatch-chile-way#comments Vegetables Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:48:00 +0000 93591 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Producer Jerry Franzoy examines his chile crop, Hatch Valley</p> Karen Ray Food-borne illness and future of farming http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/food-borne-illness-and-future-farming <div class="node-body article-body">In a global climate of mass food production and international trade, the issue of food borne illnesses and biosecurity are coming to the forefront among consumers, government health and regulatory agencies and food company officials worldwide.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/food-borne-illness-and-future-farming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/food-borne-illness-and-future-farming#comments Vegetables Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:05:00 +0000 93581 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Peanut conference stresses future technology; looks at trade, policy and honors producers http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/peanut-conference-stresses-future-technology-looks-trade-policy-and-honors-producers <div class="node-body gallery-body">Southern peanut growers took a few days in late July to look to the future at the 17th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference, held this year at the Callaway Gardens Resort in Pine Mountain, Ga.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/peanut-conference-stresses-future-technology-looks-trade-policy-and-honors-producers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/peanut-conference-stresses-future-technology-looks-trade-policy-and-honors-producers#comments Peanuts Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:56:00 +0000 93571 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Proposed bill could provide loan forgiveness for young farmers http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/proposed-bill-could-provide-loan-forgiveness-young-farmers <div class="node-body article-body">As the annual Future Farmers of America Texas State Convention got underway last week, delegates and officials were riding high on news from Washington that a new bill introduced recently may give young farmers hope for the future as they plan their education in preparation for entry into the farming and ranching industry.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/proposed-bill-could-provide-loan-forgiveness-young-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/proposed-bill-could-provide-loan-forgiveness-young-farmers#comments Government Management Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:33:00 +0000 93561 at http://southwestfarmpress.com U.S. ‘Blessed with peanuts this year’ with U.S. acreage up 18 percent http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/us-blessed-peanuts-year-us-acreage-18-percent <div class="node-body article-body">Peanut production could exceed 3 million tons from 2015 crop.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/us-blessed-peanuts-year-us-acreage-18-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/us-blessed-peanuts-year-us-acreage-18-percent#comments Peanuts Peanuts Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:47:00 +0000 93551 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Locally grown food available at farmer’s market http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/locally-grown-food-available-farmer-s-market <div class="node-body gallery-body">More and more people across the country are getting behind the idea of locally grown food.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/locally-grown-food-available-farmer-s-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/locally-grown-food-available-farmer-s-market#comments Vegetables Vegetables Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:06:00 +0000 93541 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Shoppers have a lot of options for local produce at farmers markets</p> Stronger El Niño could be one for the record books http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/stronger-el-ni-o-could-be-one-record-books <div class="node-body article-body">Hold on to your hats! If the latest weather models are right, the El Niño that dropped record rains on much of the Southwest and reversed a trending drought that was the one of the worst on record in Texas may be intensifying and is expected to not only last until winter but possibly into the growing season of 2016.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/stronger-el-ni-o-could-be-one-record-books" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/stronger-el-ni-o-could-be-one-record-books#comments Water Shortage Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:27:00 +0000 93521 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Will wheat prices reach $6? http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/will-wheat-prices-reach-6 <div class="node-body article-body">The odds of $6 wheat during the next six months in Oklahoma and Texas are about 10 percent. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/will-wheat-prices-reach-6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/will-wheat-prices-reach-6#comments Grains Wheat Wheat Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:24:00 +0000 93531 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Wheat market is influenced by a lot of factors.</p> Foliar fungicides key to success in Northeast Texas wheat in 2015 http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/foliar-fungicides-key-success-northeast-texas-wheat-2015 <div class="field-byline"> J. Swart, Executive Director, Cereal Crops Research, Inc. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For every dollar spent on a tebuconazole application this year, we got a return of over $13.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/foliar-fungicides-key-success-northeast-texas-wheat-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/wheat/foliar-fungicides-key-success-northeast-texas-wheat-2015#comments Wheat Wheat Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:09:00 +0000 93511 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>the 2015 wheat crop benefited from fungicide applications.</p> Grasshoppers threaten crops in the Texas High Plains http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/grasshoppers-threaten-crops-texas-high-plains <div class="node-body article-body">"Exceptional swarm" of grasshoppers reported across large areas of the Texas Panhandle.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/grasshoppers-threaten-crops-texas-high-plains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/grasshoppers-threaten-crops-texas-high-plains#comments Vegetables Other Forages Vegetables Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:51:00 +0000 93501 at http://southwestfarmpress.com PPA winner for Southwest Region Anthony Reed proud to be a peanut farmer http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/ppa-winner-southwest-region-anthony-reed-proud-be-peanut-farmer <div class="node-body article-body">"Good rotation is the success of any peanut farmer,” says Southwest peanut Profitability Award winner Anthony Reed.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/ppa-winner-southwest-region-anthony-reed-proud-be-peanut-farmer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/ppa-winner-southwest-region-anthony-reed-proud-be-peanut-farmer#comments Peanuts Peanuts Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:52:00 +0000 93491 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>ANTHONY REED, Thackerville, Okla., is the 2015 Peanut Profitability Award winner for the Southwest Region.</p> OSU selects Jeff Edwards to head plant and soil sciences department http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/osu-selects-jeff-edwards-head-plant-and-soil-sciences-department <div class="field-byline"> Donald Stotts </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Jeff Edwards is new OSU plant and soil sciences department head.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/osu-selects-jeff-edwards-head-plant-and-soil-sciences-department" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/osu-selects-jeff-edwards-head-plant-and-soil-sciences-department#comments Grains Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:02:00 +0000 93481 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Texas farmers and ranchers have more moisture available than they’ve had for the past five years http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/texas-farmers-and-ranchers-have-more-moisture-available-they-ve-had-past-five-years <div class="node-body gallery-body">El Niño will continue well into fall.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/texas-farmers-and-ranchers-have-more-moisture-available-they-ve-had-past-five-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/texas-farmers-and-ranchers-have-more-moisture-available-they-ve-had-past-five-years#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:37:00 +0000 93471 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Blue skies, white, puffy clouds and light brown wheat create a nice contrast.</p> Drought officially over for Texas, most of Southwest http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-officially-over-texas-most-southwest <div class="node-body article-body">Texas is drought-free for first time since April, 2010.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-officially-over-texas-most-southwest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/drought-officially-over-texas-most-southwest#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:45:00 +0000 93461 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>No drought remaining in Texas.</p> Advanced Training for Agricultural Professionals offers unique educational opportunity http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/advanced-training-agricultural-professionals-offers-unique-educational-opportunity <div class="node-body article-body">The inaugural Advanced Training for Agricultural Professionals program will be held Sept. 7- 9.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/advanced-training-agricultural-professionals-offers-unique-educational-opportunity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/advanced-training-agricultural-professionals-offers-unique-educational-opportunity#comments Grains Corn Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:38:00 +0000 93451 at http://southwestfarmpress.com TPPA Conference slated Dec. 8 and 9: “Best one yet” http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/tppa-conference-slated-dec-8-and-9-best-one-yet <div class="node-body article-body">Charlie Stenholm, former U.S. Representative from Texas and long-time member of the House Agriculture Committee, opens TPPA conference.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/tppa-conference-slated-dec-8-and-9-best-one-yet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/tppa-conference-slated-dec-8-and-9-best-one-yet#comments Management TPPA 25 Years Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:25:00 +0000 93441 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Betsy Pierson, TPPA Vice-President (Texas A &amp; M), Eric Castner, TPPA President (DuPont Crop Protection) and Ray Smith, Board Chairman (Biological Research Services) finalize the 2015 Conference program.</p> Bob Sasser, TPPA Cuba could become viable trading partner with Texas producers http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/cuba-could-become-viable-trading-partner-texas-producers <div class="node-body gallery-body">Increasing trade with Cuba offers an opportunity to “make a positive impact on human rights.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/cuba-could-become-viable-trading-partner-texas-producers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/markets/cuba-could-become-viable-trading-partner-texas-producers#comments Markets Import and Export Fri, 17 Jul 2015 17:58:00 +0000 93431 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Tractor drivers keep these old tractors running on Cuban co-op farms.</p> Three reports you might be interested in reading on GMO and pesticide residue http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/three-reports-you-might-be-interested-reading-gmo-and-pesticide-residue <div class="node-body article-body">Recent reports on GMOs and pesticide residue show how research cuts through emotion and innuendo to get to the facts. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/three-reports-you-might-be-interested-reading-gmo-and-pesticide-residue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/three-reports-you-might-be-interested-reading-gmo-and-pesticide-residue#comments Management Sustainable Agriculture Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:36:00 +0000 93421 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Anthony Reed was born into peanuts http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/anthony-reed-was-born-peanuts <div class="node-body gallery-body">Anthony Reed credits his father for getting him started in farming and teaching him how to do it.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/anthony-reed-was-born-peanuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/peanuts/anthony-reed-was-born-peanuts#comments Peanuts Peanuts Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:08:00 +0000 93411 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Anthony Reed is the 2015 Peanut Profitability Winner for the Southwest Region.</p> New crop analysis app quantifies green vegetation in crop canopy http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/new-crop-analysis-app-quantifies-green-vegetation-crop-canopy <div class="field-byline"> Jeff Joiner, OSU </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Canopeo app will allow farmers to monitor crop growth or evaluate damage and use the information to adjust management decisions.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/new-crop-analysis-app-quantifies-green-vegetation-crop-canopy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/new-crop-analysis-app-quantifies-green-vegetation-crop-canopy#comments Vegetables Technology Thu, 16 Jul 2015 14:32:00 +0000 93401 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>A new app from&nbsp; Oklahoma State University allows users to monitor crop growth with a smartphone.</p> Dry conditions expected for Texas through July http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/dry-conditions-expected-texas-through-july <div class="field-byline"> Robert Burns, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Texas can 'say goodbye to the rain for a while."</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/dry-conditions-expected-texas-through-july" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/dry-conditions-expected-texas-through-july#comments Water Shortage Precipitation Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:26:00 +0000 93391 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Drier weather allowed producers in many parts of the state to catch up on hay production, according to weekly reports from Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service county agents.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Robert Burns) New Mexico fruit and vegetable farmers get boost from FINI program http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/new-mexico-fruit-and-vegetable-farmers-get-boost-fini-program <div class="node-body article-body">USDA grant promotes more fruit and vegetable consumption for low-income families in New Mexico.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/new-mexico-fruit-and-vegetable-farmers-get-boost-fini-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/vegetables/new-mexico-fruit-and-vegetable-farmers-get-boost-fini-program#comments Government Vegetables Vegetables Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:28:00 +0000 93381 at http://southwestfarmpress.com Trade Mission seeks improved relationship with Cuban importers http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/trade-mission-seeks-improved-relationship-cuban-importers <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. has competitive advantage for ag trade to Cuba.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/trade-mission-seeks-improved-relationship-cuban-importers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/government/trade-mission-seeks-improved-relationship-cuban-importers#comments Government Import and Export Wed, 15 Jul 2015 14:15:00 +0000 93371 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Farmers&#39; markets give Cuban farmers opportunities to sell on the private market.</p> Ben Scholz Southwest nearing drought-free status http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/southwest-nearing-drought-free-status <div class="node-body article-body"> Predictions call for a 90 percent chance El Niño will continue through winter and give it an 80 percent chance of lasting into spring.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/southwest-nearing-drought-free-status" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/water-shortage/southwest-nearing-drought-free-status#comments Water Shortage El Nino Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:12:00 +0000 93361 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>El Ni&ntilde;o is expected to persist well into winter.</p> AccuWeather ‘Ag is a roller coaster,’ no use to be pessimistic http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/ag-roller-coaster-no-use-be-pessimistic <div class="node-body article-body">If not ecstatic about crop and market prospects, Jay Wilder wasn’t despondent either.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/ag-roller-coaster-no-use-be-pessimistic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/ag-roller-coaster-no-use-be-pessimistic#comments Grains Cotton Grains Vegetables Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:07:00 +0000 93351 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>A three-inch rain may have been a good thing for newly planted double-crop soybeans for Central Texas farmer Jay Wilder.</p> Rainfall keeping grasshopper numbers low http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/rainfall-keeping-grasshopper-numbers-low <div class="field-byline"> Robert Burns, Texas AgriLife </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Lower numbers of grasshoppersweare not unexpected, says Extension entomologist Allen Knutson, Dallas.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/rainfall-keeping-grasshopper-numbers-low" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/management/rainfall-keeping-grasshopper-numbers-low#comments Management Precipitation Fri, 10 Jul 2015 19:07:00 +0000 93341 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>A grasshopper seems to be waiting patiently for a train to pass near Kerens in Central Texas. Grasshopper populations are generally much lower in most of the state this year, most likely because of the excessive late winter and spring rains, said Dr. Allen Knutson, a Texas A&amp;M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist, Dallas.</p> (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns) SCA numbers jump in South Texas sorghum http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sca-numbers-jump-south-texas-sorghum <div class="node-body article-body">Recent scouting efforts have uncovered growing numbers of SCA in recent days causing Valley AgriLife officials to issue an alert to area sorghum growers on Wednesday.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sca-numbers-jump-south-texas-sorghum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/grains/sca-numbers-jump-south-texas-sorghum#comments Grains Grain Sorghum Fri, 10 Jul 2015 15:11:00 +0000 93331 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Crop officials up and down the coast are now warning Texas growers to step up scouting of sorghum fields and prepare for a possible late season outbreak.</p> Texas AgriLife Extension COTTON SPIN A Tightening Cotton Market Picture http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-tightening-cotton-market-picture <div class="node-body article-body">The cotton market has to digest and discount several possibilities, including 18 percent an acreage reduction. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-tightening-cotton-market-picture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-tightening-cotton-market-picture#comments Cotton Cotton Thu, 09 Jul 2015 19:41:00 +0000 93321 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Cotton plantings are down 18 percent across the cotton Belt, 16 percent or more in Texas.</p> Good memories: reminiscing on 37 years as Farm Press editor http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/good-memories-reminiscing-37-years-farm-press-editor <div class="node-body blog-body">Farm editor career at 37 years and counting.</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/good-memories-reminiscing-37-years-farm-press-editor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/blog/good-memories-reminiscing-37-years-farm-press-editor#comments Management Blog Farm Press Blog Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:02:00 +0000 93311 at http://southwestfarmpress.com 31 Southwest counties are available for CTAP in 2015 http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/31-southwest-counties-are-available-ctap-2015 <div class="node-body article-body">CTAP is available to producers in certain counties that are not eligible to participate in the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX).</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/31-southwest-counties-are-available-ctap-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/31-southwest-counties-are-available-ctap-2015#comments Cotton Cotton Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:10:00 +0000 93301 at http://southwestfarmpress.com <p>Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) will be available for 31 Southwesetrn counties in 2015.</p>