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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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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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