Is 2017 looking like a bumper year for pecans?

January 2, 2018

by Logan Hawkes

Late summer is generally when pecan growers are sizing up their current crop, checking trees for nut load, overall development, and pest and disease pressures as they monitor markets for early signs of demand and nut prices.

Behind Georgia, New Mexico and Texas are the No. 2 and No.…

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Climate change will reduce wind power: Footprint of wind power across U.S. expected to decline

December 27, 2017

A new study from the University of Colorado shows carbon emissions could reduce how much wind is available for making electricity, with the strongest impact in the central United States.

The study’s lead author, Kris Karnauskas, assistant professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado, cites the rapidly warming Arctic for a decrease in wind power.…

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Dicamba training requirement

December 26, 2017

Just a reminder to producers planning to use dicamba in the next year: New regulations for use require a mandatory training for every person who will be applying dicamba to any crop.

Texas Department of Ag has approved the auxin-specific herbicide training for applicators that will be provided through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Allied Industry.…

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FB leaders at meeting

December 26, 2017

Local leaders discuss, pass policy at annual meeting

Terry County was represented at the meeting of the state’s largest farm organization in December. Delegates from Terry County Farm Bureau traveled to Frisco where they helped shape the future of Texas Farm Bureau (TFB).

“Texas Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization. Every county matters, and the needs of the entire state are considered by the voting body as a whole,” Mark Wilkes, Terry County Farm Bureau president, said.…

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SPUWCD Offers Valuable Program

December 19, 2017

Landowners in the Southern High Plains of Texas who use groundwater from the Ogallala Aquifer for irrigation farming may claim a cost in water depletion allowance on their federal income tax return.  The District has offered this service since 1999.   In order to participate, the District must follow the strict guidelines of the Internal Revenue Service.…

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Terry County FSA news

December 13, 2017

Terry County FSA Office

Office Notes & Dates to Remember:

December 20, 2017- last day to request peanut loans for guarantee payment before January 1, 2017.

January 15, 2018- Deadline to report Fall planted Small Grains ( Wheat, Barley, Rye), Grapes.

March 15, 2018- Deadline to report pecans

March 15, 2018- Deadline to purchase NAP of Fruits and Vegetables & Hay grazer.…

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Building an Amazon for Agriculture

December 13, 2017

By Jessie Scott

Imagine an Amazon exclusively for farmers, where you could purchase your seed, fertilizer, and chemicals from anywhere in the world for the best rate available. That’s the vision behind Agroy – a start-up with the technology in place to provide these services to farmers.

“In every other retail system in the world, you can find prices and products online,” says Agroy co-founder Brad McDonald, who also farms in northeast Iowa.…

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Peanut harvest almost finished

November 29, 2017

Peanut harvest is just about wrapping up for most farmers in Terry County and just like everything else this year, each one you ask has a different answer about the quality and quantity of the crops.

Grady Herron of Tejas Peanuts stated, “Overall, I would say it looks about like last year, maybe just a bit better.…

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Why your lender is asking about working capital

November 8, 2017

By Gil Gullickson

If your lender has been asking you about your working capital lately, there’s good reason.

That’s because working capital – current assets minus current liabilities – is much lower among many farmers this year than in years past.

“The magnitude of working capital drawdown is substantial,” says Jim Mintert, director of Purdue University’s Center for Commercial Agriculture.…

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Sorghum grazing after a freeze

November 1, 2017

Many of the sorghum fields have been harvested or soon will be over the next couple of weeks. Grain sorghum stover left standing after harvest provides ground cover during the winter and also serves as an inexpensive source of forage for cattle to graze. Approximately 50-60 percent of the plant dry matter of grain sorghum remains in the field after harvest.…

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