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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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Jobless numbers fall locally

October 23, 2017

Texas added an estimated 256,100 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.0 percent, down from 4.2 percent in August and remained below the national rate of 4.2 percent. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.1 percent.

Terry County’s unemployment rate improved to 4.9 percent compared to last month’s 5.7 percent, but still lagged behind state averages.…

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President Reagan’s message to farm country still rings true

October 23, 2017

“You know, I’ve always thought that when we Americans get up in the morning, when we see bacon, eggs, toast, and milk on our breakfast table, we should give thanks that our farmers are survivors. You are the real miracle workers of the modern world — keepers of an incredible system based on faith, freedom, hard work, productivity, and profit — a system that feeds us and sustains millions of the world’s hungry.”

This was President Ronald Reagan’s message to America’s struggling farmers on October 15, 1982.…

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Terry County FSA News and Notes

October 23, 2017

November- 15, 2017- Deadline to Report 2018 Native & Improved Grasses  & Alfalfa.

December 1, 2017- Deadline to buy NAP grass Policies for 2018 crop year.

December 4, 2017- Deadline to return COC election Ballots to the county office.

January 15, 2018- Deadline to Report 2018 Wheat, Grapes, Fall Oats

March 15, 2018- Deadline to Report Pecans

March 15, 2018- Deadline to purchase NAP for Watermelons, Pumpkins, Spring Fruits/vegetables, Haygrazer.…

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NASS reduces High Plains production estimates

October 18, 2017

The National Agricultural Statistics Service decreased High Plains upland cotton production estimates by 255,000 bales from their September report, projecting that area growers will produce 5,440,000 bales this season.

The Southern High Plains area saw a bit more of a reduction, from 3.485 million bales in September down to 3,330,000 bales in the October report.…

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6 Label Changes for Monsanto, BASF and DuPont

October 18, 2017

EPA has reached an agreement with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont on measures to further minimize the potential for drift to damage neighboring crops from the use of dicamba formulations used to control weeds in genetically modified cotton and soybeans. New requirements for the use of dicamba “over the top” (application to growing plants) will allow farmers to make informed choices for seed purchases for the 2018 growing season.…

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