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
The USDA has announced $11.8 million in additional financial and technical assistance to help crop and livestock producers in 22 states apply conservation practices that reduce the impacts of drought and improve soil health and productivity....More
All parts of the state received rain Sept. 11-18, with many areas getting 2 to 3 inches, and isolated areas getting more than 5 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Large parts of the Panhandle and the Rolling Plains areas received 1 inch to 1.5 inches. Even the Far West received rain, with large pockets getting 1 inch to 1.5 inches or more, but most areas getting a trace to 0.5 inch, according to the weather service....More
Many areas of Texas remained hot and dry, and though fuel loads may not be as high as last year, the risk of wildfire is building, said Megan Clayton, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist, Corpus Christi....More
For years, many farmers in the Midwest signed up for federal crop insurance coverage, took the papers and struck them in a file folder or drawer and never looked at them again. But not this year....More
During a Thursday morning (August 30) press conference, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed Hurricane Isaac’s effect on Southern crops and held out hope that a new farm bill can be passed by Congress before current law expires on September 30....More
The USDA has announced a two-month extension for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres, freeing up forage and feed for ranchers as they look to recover from this challenging time....More
As drought conditions in New Mexico continue to plague agricultural production statewide, lawmakers are reviewing a 2008 water settlement agreement between Doña Ana County and El Paso County irrigation districts in hopes of reducing the flow of water in the Rio Grande River that allows the release of water downstream into Texas, resulting in what New Mexico State Attorney General Gary King calls a $183 million loss to New Mexico’s agriculture industry....More
According to National Weather Service records, large areas of the state have received 100 percent or more of normal rainfall since Jan. 1. Many other areas have gotten 50 to 75 percent of normal.
The precipitation statistics aside, much of Texas still suffers from drought conditions, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Of concern to many are low pond and stock-tank levels. Conditions often vary county to county within a region....More
Those evaporation losses expose a situation that has longer-term and possibly more severe ramifications than the soil drought that has covered the region for two years. A return to more normal—or slightly cooler and wetter conditions this winter—could break the drought. But a hydrologic drought could persist for years....More
An El Niño currently developing in the tropical Pacific could mean an improved agricultural outlook for all of Texas, according to Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist and regents professor at Texas A&M University....More
Many producers are wondering whether the development of genetically modified hybrids and the improvement in hybrid yield potential and stress tolerance has made the corn crop more “drought-proof” now than it was in 1988....More
As cries continue for an EPA waiver of the government’s ethanol production mandate, a new study out of Purdue University considers what might happen to corn prices if a waiver is granted. Among the takeaways: a waiver won’t be a quick fix for rising corn prices....More
With the 2008 food-price riots in developing nations still fresh in mind, non-governmental agency analysts are wary of where this year’s diminishing U.S. corn yields might lead. With much of U.S. farm country under a punishing drought -- along with reports that world food prices have gone up some 6 percent in the last few weeks -- corn prices have spiked....More