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EPA considers ban on dicamba

September 11, 2017

Tom Polansek, Emily Flitter

The U.S. environmental agency is considering banning sprayings of the agricultural herbicide dicamba after a set deadline next year, according to state officials advising the agency on its response to crop damage linked to the weed killer.

Setting a cut-off date, possibly sometime in the first half of 2018, would aim to protect plants vulnerable to dicamba, after growers across the U.S.…

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Ag economy takes a hit with hurricane

September 6, 2017

Texas cotton damage reports are filtering in slowly as we go into the second week since Hurricane Harvey moved into the coastal regions as a Category 4. Many cotton fields are still underwater making it difficult to calculate acre losses and the number of modules destroyed, or at least heavily damaged, where harvest was in process or had been completed.…

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Ag commissioner Miller calls for donations to STAR Fund

September 6, 2017

Fund provides grants to farmers and ranchers impacted by Hurricane Harvey

As residents along the Texas coast begin cleanup efforts after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller is calling on others to donate to the State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund (STAR Fund) and lend a helping hand to those ag producers devastated by this historic storm.…

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Farm Tour: set for September 21

August 21, 2017

On September 21 the community will come together to recognize an Outstanding Farm Family, an Outstanding Young Farmer and a person or business that has been an Outstanding Friend of Conservation for 2017.

The 62nd Annual Terry County Farm Tour will start at the American Legion Building with the doors opening at 8:15 a.m.…

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Farm Bill 2018: Issues Summary – Energy

August 21, 2017

Prepared by Scott Irwin, University of Illinois

Policy Setting: The general environment for energy policy has changed drastically since the 2014 Farm Bill was passed. Crude oil prices have fallen from over $100 per barrel to as low as $30. Gasoline prices at the pump have fallen to around $2 gallon.…

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U.S. farmers tour local crops

August 16, 2017

It was a big day for agriculture in Terry County on Monday, August 14, as representatives from several different entities were in the county at just as many locations.

The National Cotton Council’s PIE (Producer Information Exchange) program was in the area and visited a couple of different locations. The P.I.E.…

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Farmers give input on 2018 Farm Bill

August 2, 2017

Partially written By Michelle Gaitan

Generational farmers, ranchers and others invested in agriculture showed up to be heard during a committee listening session hosted by U.S.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-Midland) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) on Monday.

The 3-hour session titled, “The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field,” was at Angelo State University’s C.J.…

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Farm Credit: Interest Rates and the Cost of Short-Term Borrowing

July 26, 2017

In June, the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) raised the interest rate on overnight deposits (the discount rate) 25 basis points to 1.75%, mirroring similar rate increases in March 2017 and December 2016. The long-run expectations of FOMC members suggest that future rate hikes are expected.

As interest rates move higher, farmers may see rising interest expenses on their operations.…

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LEPA Irrigation, When should you use it?

July 26, 2017

By Trey Buxton, Texas AgriLife Extension Intern

It was the late 1970s is when the idea behind LEPA irrigation systems for pivots first entered practical research trials for its potential to maximize irrigation inputs by saving energy, increasing irrigation efficiency from pump to root zone, and water use efficiency by the crop.…

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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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