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High armyworm numbers alert producers

July 10, 2017

by Tyler Mays, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent, IPM

High numbers of fall armyworm moths (Spodoptera frugiperda) have been trapped at both moth traps. Higher numbers of cotton bollworm moths (Helicoverpa zea) have also been seen at both trap locations in Gaines County. Traps in Yoakum County are also seeing higher flights of both fall armyworm and cotton bollworm moths.…

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Goobers looking good

July 10, 2017

“The peanuts look fantastic right now.” Those were the words of Michael Franke, General Manager of Birdsong Peanuts. “The rains could not have come at a better time for these peanuts and setting a crop.”

This is the feeling from all the peanut companies in Terry County, as well as all the peanut producers.…

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The dicamba wars

July 6, 2017

In the old west, as land began to be settled, fences started to go up. This did not set well with those early settlers and wires were cut regularly. It was a change many did not welcome.  Nevertheless, fences remained and the farmers and the cattlemen found a way to work things out.…

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FSA News

June 26, 2017

The Terry County FSA Service Center is working diligently to better serve producers. Customers need to come in before the last day rush.

Please call for an appointment so they can prepare for your visit for items such as:

1) Report spring crops before July 15 deadline.
2) Enrolling your farm in the ARC/PLC farm program before August 1
3) Complete enrollment by providing current leases and owner signatures
4) Provide 2017 adjusted gross income forms for all producers requesting USDA FSA program benefits
5) Report completion of any CRP mid-management practices.…

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South Plains IPM Report

June 26, 2017

Tyler Mays, Texas A&M AgriLife Agent, IPM

General Conditions

Hot, dry, and wind has been the story of the last 7-10 days, and this weather pattern that we are in has been harsh to crops in Gaines, Terry, and Yoakum Counties. This weather has negatively affected our cotton from getting a stand.…

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5 tips for Pigweed management

June 19, 2017

In a worst-case situation, escaped Palmer amaranth – aka Palmer pigweed – often requires direct human intervention. In other words, using muscle power to take weeds out of the field.

And if you really want to put a zero-tolerance control program in place, expect to add a degree of manual labor to your weed management program.…

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FSA news

June 12, 2017

The Terry County FSA Service Center is working diligently to better serve producers. We need customers to come in before the last day rush. Please call for an appointment so we can prepare for your visit for items such as:
1) Report spring crops before July 15 deadline.
2) Enrolling your farm in the ARC/PLC farm program before August 1
3) Complete enrollment by providing us current leases and owner signatures
4) Provide 2017 adjusted gross income forms for all producers requesting USDA FSA program benefits
5) Report completion of any CRP mid-management practices.…

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Thrips on rise

June 12, 2017

By Suhas Vyavhare, Texas AgriLife Extension

Cotton ranges from seed just placed in soil to four true leaf stage in South Plains region. In most areas thrips pressure remains low, however, we are seeing some hotspots in counties north of Lubbock where thrips numbers are well beyond economically damaging levels.

As the wheat is drying down and becoming an unfavorable host for thrips, adults are taking flight on breezes and winds to young cotton plants.…

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Texas guar production for 2017

June 12, 2017

by Calvin Trostle, Texas AgriLife Agronomist

Guar production in Texas has fluctuated from only a few thousand acres to over 100,000 acres in recent years.  Currently world guar gum prices are quite low due to the downturn in crude oil prices which has led to a major reduction in oilfield drilling/fracking of new wells or reduced renovation/fracking of existing wells.  When guar prices have been in their historical price range (e.g., gum at $2-3/lb), the value of guar imports through the Port of Houston has exceeded $1 billion annually (USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, 2011).…

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Farm family fights peanut allergy

June 12, 2017

Traci Seaton Ferguson grew up in Terry County. She has been around farming her entire life. Then she married Anthony Ferguson, a farmer. The farming family life was passed down to another generation. Anthony and Traci mostly grew cotton and peanuts until a few years back when grapes entered their lives in a big way.…

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