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Pivot Irrigation in The Brazos Bottom

Posted: 07/02/2010 - If you’ve spent any time in the last few years driving through the rural parts of Brazos and the surrounding counties, you’ve probably noticed a change. A lot of large pipe sprinklers on wheels have become part of the landscape. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Texas 4-H Programs

Posted: 06/18/2010 - Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. Those are the Hs that 4-H is all about. The 4-H program began some time around the beginning of the 20th century as an effort to connect public school education to country life, but today 4-H’s “learning by doing” model encompasses much more than animal agriculture. Joe Brown has more I this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation

Updated: 06/10/2010 - 4- H students from around the state are here this week to compete in the 4-H Roundup with contests involving everything from food and fashion shows to livestock judging.

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Farming And The Disconnect With Consumers

Posted: 06/07/2010 - Farmers have always had to deal with threats from insects and diseases, drought and floods, and hail and wind, but production agriculture is finding that one of its biggest challenges today is the disconnect that has taken place between the consumer and the farm. Bob French has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Farmers: Doing More With Less

Posted: 05/27/2010 - The steady increase in the world’s population coupled with the fact that there’s a finite amount of cropland, and that amount is shrinking due to urban sprawl, presents an interesting scenario to American agriculture; a growing demand for food with less land to use to produce it. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Capital Requirements For Farming

Posted: 05/20/2010 - With fewer people farming, but the amount of land a family farms constantly growing, capital requirements have also grown dramatically over what they were even a generation ago. Borrowed capital is used for everything from operating expenses like labor, fuel, fertilizer, and pesticides to note payments on land and equipment. Bob French has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Aflatoxin In Corn

Updated: 05/13/2010 - Mycotoxins are naturally occurring chemicals that are produced by fungi growing on grain.

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Bees in Your House

Updated: 05/06/2010 - With spring in full bloom it’s not unusual to see honey bees busily visiting flowers in search of nectar and pollen, but in this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown says too much bee activity around your house could be a recipe for trouble.

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Bee Keeping

Updated: 04/29/2010 - We’ve talked a lot about the recent drought and the impact it had on different agricultural producers, but there’s one industry that remained under the radar…bee keeping. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Grass Burrs

Updated: 04/23/2010 - A severe drought that is followed by a period of ample rainfall sets all kinds of things into motion, and in this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown says conditions are ripe for the emergence of a pest that affects homeowners and ag producers alike…the increased probability of a bumper crop of grass burrs.

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Rebuilding the Cattle Herd

Updated: 04/15/2010 - Last year’s drought may have been declared officially over, but the impact it had on agricultural producers will take a while to overcome. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Beef Supply and Cattle Prices

Updated: 04/09/2010 - Typically when prices for finished cattle coming out of U.S. feed yards go up, it’s an indication of a higher demand or shrinking supply of beef. When the supply of beef goes down, the usual thought is that it’s due to smaller numbers of cattle being shipped to the feed yards. In this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown tells us that over the last two months prices have gone up, but it’s not due to less cattle being fed.

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Planting Corn

Updated: 04/01/2010 - Three or four weeks ago we were wondering whether or not local corn farmers were going to be able to get their crops planted because of the almost non-stop rainfall we have received for the last six months, but in this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown says, for the most part, all of the moisture is going to be a plus for local ag producers.

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Expansion Decisions For Beef Producers

Posted: 03/25/2010 - Past history says that when the national beef herd shrinks, calf prices go up, and the herd begins expanding again, but in this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown tells us there are other factors in the mix currently that could keep that from happening.

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National Beef Cattle Numbers

Updated: 03/18/2010 - The USDA’s cattle inventory came out at the end of January and indicated that the number of beef cows in the U.S. was the fewest since 1963, and the fewest total cattle count since the 1950s. Bob French has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Managing Production Agriculture Risks

Posted: 03/11/2010 - For the last couple of years there’s been a lot of talk about the high prices of commodities, but a whole lot less talk about the record high input costs it took to grow them. These costs put farmers at record levels of risk that the supposed safety net in the current farm bill doesn’t address. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Planting Corn

Updated: 03/04/2010 - Weather wise, the last 6 months has been just about as different from the previous 6 months before that as anyone could imagine. We went from being extremely hot and dry to extremely cool and wet, getting precipitation in about every form there is. Bob French tells us how this is affecting local farmers in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Forward Contracts and Futures Markets

Posted: 02/25/2010 - With historically high grain prices during the last couple of years, one would think that grain producers and grain elevators that accumulate large amounts of product to sell on future’s markets would have been able to reap huge benefits. In this week’s From The Ground Up, Joe Brown says marketing grain isn’t as simple as you might think.

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The Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab

Posted: 02/18/2010 - The Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory was formally opened in College Station in 1969. Over the years services have expanded to include over sight for drug testing for the pari-mutuel horse and greyhound racing industries as well as providing diagnostic services for aquaculture and animal agriculture. Today it’s one of the busiest labs in the world, as Joe brown tells us in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Broadband Initiative In Rural Texas

Updated: 02/11/2010 - Texas agriculture is as productive as it is because of science, research and technological break-throughs that can be applied in a commercial way, but as advanced as it is, there’s still one area where the industry as a whole is lagging behind. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Cap & Trade & Agriculture

Posted: 02/04/2010 - With only about two per cent of our country’s population involved in production agriculture, it’s no surprise that the industry continues to fear new laws and regulations at both the state at both on the state and federal levels that could negatively impact their future. Recent legislative maneuvers in Washington have certainly garnered the attention Texas agricultural producers. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Beef Grades and The Bottom Line

Posted: 01/28/2010 - Ranchers, like most businessmen, are constantly looking for ways to improve their bottom line. That’s one of the goal’s of Texas Agrilife Extension’s Beef 706 Course. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Grading Beef Carcasses

Posted: 01/21/2010 - There are 8 different grades of beef, but the top three most of us are familiar with are the USDA stickers we see that are either select, choice, or prime. What most of us don’t know is that there’s also a carcass yield grade from 1 to 5, and together these two grades determine the value of the animal to a producer. At Agrilife Extension’s recent Beef 706 Short course, ranchers were learning how to grade live animals to predict their value. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Beef 706 Continuing Education

Posted: 01/14/2010 - Contrary to what some may think, there’s a little more to beef production than turning a bunch of cows out into a pasture and gathering their calves once a year. A group of ranchers from across the state were in town this week to attend Texas Agrilife Extension’s Beef 706 Continuing Education course. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From the Ground Up.

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Looking Towards 2010

Posted: 01/07/2010 - In 2009, agricultural producers experienced a year of excesses; excessive dryness, excessive heat, and then finally excessive moisture. This time of the year farmers usually have their business plans in place, their land ready for planting, and are waiting for different crop planting windows. Joe Brown has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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