Farm and Ranch
  • As grain sorghum matures, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomists and entomologists are warning to producers to diligently scout fields for armyworms. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)
  • As prices for calves continue to reach historic levels, beef cattle producers could see increased revenue by implementing cost-effective calf management practices, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)
  • Program is Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Grayson County Courthouse, 2nd floor Assembly Room. September is the month to select your pigs for the major and county shows. A swine project is a great project for youth and the family. So much can be learned from such a project - responsibility, consistency, animal care, discipline, showmanship, etc. Local experts with a lot of experience will be covering the topics of swine selection, nutrition management, and project costs. A portion of the program will be presented to us by local 4-Hers. They will discuss the project from a youth’s perspective.


  • This young brangus bull calf was born February 7, 2014 and has all the markings of a prospective herd sire. Price: $1,500.
  • High cattle markets and lingering drought conditions have beef producers continually planning to maximize their assets – water, grass and cattle.
  • The program will focus on issues within the beef industry today including topics such as: Beef- Better and Different Times Ahead, Forage Recovery, Can a $2500 Cow Breakeven, Leased Grazing Options, Evaluating Replacement Cattle Options, and Bull Selection.
  • To enter the hay show, participants will need to bring their samples to the Derrell Hall Education Center at 2505 N. Center St. in Bonham by September 5, 2014. Samples will be delivered to the Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma for forage analysis. Classes offered for the hay show will include Legumes, Summer Annuals, Bermudagrass, Small Grains/Ryegrass/Winter Annuals, and Others.
  • Results of sale Thursday, August 28, 2014 -- 581 head sold.
  • August Farm Prices Received Index unchanged
  • When it comes to replacement heifers in beef cattle operations, producers are faced with a dilemma: Raise them, buy them or sell them and “take the money and run.” (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)
  • The Texas Olive Field Day will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a tour of Central Texas Olive Ranch, 5251 Farm-to-Market Road 972, Granger. The olive farm is owned and operated by Joshua Swafford and his grandfather, Curtis Mickan.
  • Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 9.8 million head on August 1, 2014. The inventory was 2 percent below August 1, 2013.