Farm and Ranch
  • Registration for this clinic will be at the Derrell Hall Education Center, 2505 North Center Street in Bonham from 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. February 21. We will then carpool at 8:30 a.m. to Jenkins Farms and return to the office at 12:00 p.m. The registration fee will be $15.00 and the clinic will be limited to 35 attendees. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Fannin County Extension Office by calling 903-583-7453 or email cody.maxwell@ag.tamu.edu.
  • The National Weather Service’s precipitation analysis shows all of the state received some form of moisture Jan. 20–27, with substantial accumulations in many areas. (National Weather Service graphic)
  • Events for the ranch rodeo include: ranch bronc riding, team branding, team doctoring and wild cow milking. TSCRA will also feature a special ladies breakaway roping each night.
  • Sesame seeds fill pods from the mature plants. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Kay Ledbetter)
  • Traveling to a farmers' crop conference in North Texas this week, Gene Neuens, crop analyst contracted to the Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, observed good stands of winter canola from Wichita Falls west off HW 287. Winter canola regularly brings $2-3 per bushel more than winter wheat at harvest. Consisting of 41 percent oil in its seed, the crop is processed for world-recognized healthy cooking oil, biofuels and for livestock feed. Featuring a long taproot to reach deep into the soil, growing canola will increase the water-holding ability of the subsoil in the fields where it is planted.
  • Results of sale Thursday, January 29, 2014 - 989 head sold.
  • A farm bill decision program will take place Jan. 30 in Kaufman to help growers navigate decisions to be made under the 2014 bill, according to Ralph Davis, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Kaufman County.
  • Vicente Fox, past president of Mexico, to be keynote speaker

  • A single thistle plant can produce at least 4,000 seeds, which increases the chance for higher thistle populations in the pasture the following year, according to Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A� 38;M AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist, Overton. Corriher-Olson will be a presenter at the East Texas Pasture Management Program set Feb. 20 at Overton. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson)
  • Texas and Oklahoma officials along the Red River will address the issues of importance to regional farmers and ranchers on both sides of the state line at the annual Red River Crops Conference on Jan 27-28.
  • USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Judith A. Canales, reminds livestock producers that the Jan. 30, 2015, deadline to request assistance for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2014, is fast approaching.
  • Genetic testing can be done on breeding herds to identify which bulls are getting the job done, according to Dr. Bruce Carpenter, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension livestock specialist, Fort Stockton. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo)