It’s unfair to label People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as an extremist organization. Giving PETA that tag is an unjust, terrible insult to true extremists, radicals and nuts across America. PETA is well off of any “extremist” chart or scale....More
As drought conditions plateaued for most of the state, Texas producers were wrapping up cotton and grain sorghum harvests and hoping for rain to help moisture-stressed wheat and winter small grains, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service weekly reports....More
With very dry conditions setting in, most winter wheat stands are already severely stressed.
“We had one of the driest Octobers on record in Texas, and essentially no rain at all in November,” said Dr. Travis Miller, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program leader and Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head....More
The man from the EPA bore no resemblance to the villainous Simon Legree. He had neither horns nor a forked tail. He seemed an affable sort—young, intelligent, humorous at times and comfortable before an audience of folk who typically express disdain for his employer.
Yet his fellow panelist, Terry Detrick, president of the American Farmers and Ranchers Insurance Agency, admitted that, “the EPA is our most feared agency. We are scared of what might come down the pike. We hate regulations.”...More
Walter Mahaffee, research plant pathologist at the USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops Research Lab in Corvallis, Ore., is working on virtual weather data to improve disease forecasting systems and how inoculums detection technology can be used to determine fungicide application timing....More
The 2013 Beltwide conference is set to run from January 7 through 10 in San Antonio. Sure to be well-attended: an irrigation session scheduled for the afternoon of January 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m....More
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to help producers rebound from drought have touched more than one million acres of farmland across the country as nearly 2,000 producers took advantage of conservation funding targeted to drought-stricken areas by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)....More
More than 700 scientists and academicians have signed petitions calling on French researcher Gilles-Eric Seralini to release research data behind his recently publicized health claims associated with biotech crops....More
A combination of warming water temperatures in the Atlantic and changes in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) pattern (which shifts heat and energy to different parts of the world) is creating more extreme weather patterns and affecting food production....More
With agricultural drought loss in Texas last year hovering near the $8 billion mark, little attention has been directed to other drought-related tragedies. But a 2012 study by the Texas A&M Forest Service forestry program is raising the alarm on just how deadly and far-reaching drought damages have been beyond the devastating impact to Texas agriculture....More
Cotton Incorporated and the USDA have combined to study a high tech, real time system of monitoring soil moisture that will provide much more accurate production information for official variety testing programs around the country — and it could provide valuable data for growers further down the road....More
As drought conditions linger and in some cases intensify across the Southwest, one group of Rio Grande Valley famers in New Mexico has filed suit against the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy Water District for what they claim was an illegal cut in their water allocations during recent dry times....More
Practically the entire state got at least 1 inch of rain during the last week of September to Oct. 1, with many regions getting as much as 9 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
At least 80 percent of the state got at least 1 inch of rain, according to Dr. Travis Miller,...More
Cotton Incorporated is hosting its 2012 Crop Management Seminar to give crop consultants, producers and cotton researchers a forum to discuss events of the current growing season, exchange ideas and share information. The CMS will be held in Tunica, Miss., on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 7-9....More
A study by French researchers claiming ill effects on lab rats fed GM corn and given water spiked with herbicide has been rejected by U.S. scientists who questioned the motives and methods of the authors. The way the study was conducted raises serious ethical concerns and profound questions of possible scientific misconduct....More