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Grape Planting!

April 24, 2017


Even with the devastating hail that affected many vineyards last Sunday, work on the vines continues.

Before the mud was dry, growers were out assessing damage, if any and continue the work of the vineyard. Spraying for weeds. Retying. More pruning. And even planting.

Diamante Doble Dos (Ty and Mary Wilmeth’s vineyard) was a hub of activity on Thursday morning  as workers were busy planting more grape vines.…

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News from USDA FSA – Terry County

April 19, 2017

FSA Offers Text Alerts to Terry County Producers

Terry County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Kyle Longoria announced that farmers and ranchers in Texas now can receive notifications from their county office through text messages on their cell phone.

Whether producers are in the field, on a tractor or even on horseback, this service enables FSA customers and stakeholders to receive notifications while on the go.…

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Share facts, not assumptions

April 19, 2017

Of the many dangers that exist in the family business, untested assumptions are one of the greatest. In the absence of any real discussion, and because of intimate relationships and the level of trust expected of a family member, relatives often presume what will or should happen in the future.

The combination of unexamined assumptions, individual plans, uncoordinated action and no discussion causes tremendous turbulence in family farms and ranches.…

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Safety in Crop Chemicals

April 17, 2017

High Plains Grape Growers and Terry County Tractor hosted a dinner and a meeting on Thursday evening for area producers. Kubota representatives were there, as well as representatives from chemical companies instructing those in attendance on how to safely use certain chemicals on crops and how to avoid drift over on other crops which could be damaged by the chemicals.…

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Women in Ag Conference

April 17, 2017

A Women in Ag conference was held on Wednesday, April 12 in the Fulford Barn. A large crowd of women enjoyed speakers throughout the day focusing on the special interests of women involved in agriculture.

Mayor Tom Hesse opened the day with a proclamation proclaiming the day to be Women in Ag Day in Terry County.…

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Partner up on equipment ownership?

April 17, 2017

(While this may not be a viable option around for most in this area, it is an interesting idea to kick around when trying to lower input costs and equipment payments.)

Economic efficiency is paramount to profitability in crop production operations. Machinery and production equipment costs represent a major expense and one that has been on the rise in recent years.…

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Stick together and keep going

April 12, 2017

An opinion from Farm Policy Facts

There is nothing like a difficult reality to make clear what is important and inspire a way forward. As Winston Churchill once said, “if you’re going through hell, keep going.”

These days, there are plenty of reasons for farmers and ranchers to be anxious and feel like they are going through a similar journey.…

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Dicamba and 2,4-D sensitive crops

April 10, 2017

The best way to avoid drift damage from newly labeled auxin herbicides this year is never to spray near crops that are sensitive to dicamba and 2,4-D — and that might be harder than you think.   

For the past five years, University of Georgia Extension weed scientist Stanley Culpepper has been gathering data on which specialty crops (and row crops) suffer serious visual damage when small amounts of these two herbicides drift onto them.…

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Farm Bill: Cotton major concern

April 10, 2017

The House Ag Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held its second policy related Farm Bill hearing on Tuesday, as lawmakers continue their examination of agricultural programs in advance of the next Farm Bill.  

Following a farm policy related hearing last week that focused mostly on perspectives from corn, soybean and wheat growers, lawmakers on Tuesday heard perspectives from representatives of the cotton, rice, peanut, sunflower and sugar industries.…

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Congressional Roundtable Closes Forum at WPGA Conference

April 5, 2017

By Sam Holbrooks
Seminole Sentinel

Following a keynote address in which U.S. House Agriculture Chairman, Mike Conaway (R-Midland) addressed aspects of the planned 2018 Farm Bill at the Seminole Community Center on Thursday, the seven-term legislator joined fellow Republican Congressmen in a roundtable discussion on a variety of topics. Included in the panel were Freshman 19th District Representative Jodey Arrington (R-Lubbock) and Hobbs resident — Rep.…

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