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Be Wary of Inversions That Can Cause Herbicide Drift

March 22, 2017

By Kacey Birchmier

As herbicide applications are made during the 2017 growing season, a main concern will be the possibility of herbicide drift injuring sensitive crops.

The normal culprit of off-target movement during herbicide applications is thought to be excessive winds. However, the absence of wind can result in off-target chemical applications, as well.…

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TERP Explained

March 22, 2017

This Texas legislative session, a bill was filed in the Senate that challenges the role of ethanol in state-owned vehicles. The bill seeks to achieve this by modifying the Texas Emissions Reduction Program, known as TERP. As the Texas Grain Sorghum Association pushes back on this attempt to hinder the state’s ethanol industry, we thought it would be valuable to explain what TERP is and how it operates.…

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Hearing Advisory: Next Week at the Agriculture Committee

March 20, 2017

House Committee on Agriculture advises the following committee schedule:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.

Subcommittee on Nutrition – Public Hearing

RE: The Next Farm Bill: Nutrition Distribution Programs

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture– Public Hearing

RE: The Next Farm Bill: Livestock Producer Perspectives

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.…

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Five Strategies for Financial Resiliency

March 20, 2017

by Raylene Nickel

If there’s a pot of gold to be found in narrow to nonexistent profit margins, it could be this: the birth of a resolution to financially insulate your operation against future economic downturns.

“Farmers need to be prepared for times like these,” says Jim Mintert, director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.…

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Proposed budget eyes Ag cuts

March 20, 2017

President Trump announced his proposed budget for 2018 and it included a $4.7 billion dollar cut to the Ag budget from the USDA’s discretionary spending budget.

The new budget for the USDA is proposed to be $17.9 billion dollars, which is a reduction of 21%.

The programs which look to be cut under the proposed budget for the USDA include cuts in the areas of food safety, rural development and conservation funding, research grants and international food aid.…

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Crop and livestock spreadsheets available

March 20, 2017

Crop and livestock budget spreadsheets for 2017 are now available to both farmers and ranchers, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists.

The budget spreadsheets help farmers and ranchers evaluate and project revenue and expenditures throughout the crop season. They are available here.

More than 200 enterprise budgets for major crops and alternative production systems are available for the 12 AgriLife Extension districts across the state.…

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ARC-CO and PLC Payments: Comparing 2014 and 2015

March 16, 2017

Debate has begun on the next farm bill. A key debate item will be the safety net programs in the commodities title. Roughly 99% of base acres of covered commodities are enrolled in the ARC-CO (Agriculture Risk Coverage -County) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage) safety net programs authorized in the 2014 farm bill.…

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PCG Annual Meeting planned

March 16, 2017

Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., will host their 60th Annual Meeting on Friday, April 7, in the Banquet Hall of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the program will start promptly at 9  a.m. The meeting is held in conjunction with the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show, April 6-7, 2017, in Lubbock.…

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Conaway to keynote Western Peanut Growers’ Conference

March 16, 2017

Western Peanut Growers Association will host an Ag Issues Conference, “Explore the Possibilities of the 2018 Farm Bill,” on Friday, March 31, at the Seminole Community Center, 801 North Main Street in Seminole. The conference is open to everyone and begins at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served.

  Keynote speaker will be House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway.…

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Weather patterns across the area

March 13, 2017

Active weather across the Midwest during the beginning and end of the current period brought rain and severe storms over the region. Warm and windy conditions dominated conditions on the Plains; wildfires were a great concern throughout Oklahoma and Kansas, with multiple fatalities associated with the fires.

Temperatures from South Dakota into Texas were 6-9 degrees above normal, with portions of eastern Nebraska and eastern Kansas 9-12 degrees above normal.…

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