Dr. Mark Welch, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service grains economist, suggests farmers watch the cash market and also monitor the basis price to take advantage of profit opportunities in 2015. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)
Vineyard managers who are battling insects, weeds and diseases may attend the Vineyard Pest Management Workshop March 27 in McKinney, according to Dr. Justin Scheiner, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service viticulturist from College Station.
Many areas in East Texas have received so much rain in the last month that tractors and trucks can become bogged down to the axles in what is normally firm, well-drained land, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent reports. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)
"We want to make sure that farm program payments are going to the farmers and farm families that they are intended to help. So we’ve taken the steps to do that, to the extent that the Farm Bill allows," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "The Farm Bill gave USDA the authority to limit farm program payments to individuals who are not actively engaged in the management of the farming operation on non-family farms. This helps close a loophole that has been taken advantage of by some larger joint ventures and general partnerships."
The increasing global commerce and relative ease of movement across nations and continents makes it possible to transfer people, products and animals around the world in a matter of hours. Such international movement greatly enhances the possibility of transmitting diseases and parasites, which could devastate the cattle industry and threaten the public health of this country.
With spring quickly approaching, it's time to start gearing up for grass planting. While the weather cannot be controlled, there are a few things that can be done to increase the chances of a successful planting. (photo of native grass planting here in Fannin County)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing procedures for the upcoming referendum regarding the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum.
People new to grape growing or considering planting a commercial vineyard are encouraged to attend the Prospective Winegrower Workshop March 20 at the T.V. Munson Viticulture and Enology Center, 9356 Grayson Drive, Denison. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Robert Burns)
Wet or flooded fields like this one in Burleson County were preventing farmers from planting corn, according to Dr. Ronnie Schnell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state cropping systems specialist, College Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Ronnie Schnell)