Steven Beakley strives to produce the best cotton feasible while conserving as much soil and moisture as possible on the Ellis County farm he works with his father, Bob. That commitment was instrumental in earning him the 2014 Farm Press/Cotton Foundation High Cotton Award for the Southwest Region....More
But the best treasure was a newspaper clipping, yellowed and ragged with age, from 1948, the year before I was born. The Greenville News reported on a devastating hail storm that roared through much of Anderson County, destroying crops, barns, livestock and a few homes....More
I met up with former Southwest Farm Press editor Calvin Pigg the Friday before Christmas. It had been several years since we’d had an opportunity to catch up, swap stories and discuss changes in agriculture and publishing since Calvin retired about 15 years ago....More
Texans should approve Proposition 6 in the upcoming election. That proposal would provide $2 billion in seed money to jump start a state water plan approved by the Texas legislature last session....More
I was reminded of how much I appreciate a fine pocket knife recently when my colleague Chris Bennett blogged about an Australian farmer who dug himself out of a life-threatening situation with nothing but a chest full of heart and a pocket knife....More
We are still in for several more weeks of oppressively hot weather; 100-degree temperatures remain highly likely, and rain will be scarce. Summer vacation may be over for school kids, but it’s still hot, it’s still dry, it’s still summer. And I can’t wait for fall....More
Murray Phillips doesn’t get bored. His diverse Frio County, Texas, farm offers plenty of activity year-round with corn (sweet, white and yellow), cotton, wheat (irrigated and dryland) green beans, spinach, carrots and, his favorite, peanuts....More
I am among a special 30 percent of the U.S. population. I am blessed among men, lucky to be where I am and fortunate not to be a curmudgeon—though some might disagree with that last one.
I don’t hate my job....More
It’s not just agriculture that requires adequate water; other industries, institutions and homes also need water that Mexico is refusing to release.
If this treaty has no teeth in it, we need to renegotiate....More
Maybe we should look at the big picture: better products, made at home, by our neighbors who buy other products and pay their fair taxes to support schools, build roads and maintain our fire departments....More
Yes, we need concerted efforts to figure out how to use our water more efficiently. We need better varieties, better cropping systems more efficient irrigation. But going back in time is not the answer....More