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From the Ground Up - The Importance of Soil Testing

Updated: 05/22/2014 - Most ranchers and farmers know that to maximize yields, their hay fields or row crops have to be able to utilize nutrients from the soil, and the only way to be sure of what’s in the soil is to have it tested.

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From the Ground Up - Specialty Crops

Updated: 05/15/2014 - Within production agriculture, there’s an industry called Specialty Crops, something that U.S. consumers have grown to expect to find year-round at the grocery store.

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From the Ground Up - Beef Check Off Dollars Are Shrinking

Updated: 05/08/2014 - The U.S Beef Check-Off Program was started in the nineteen eighties as a producer funded marketing and research program that assesses one-dollar per beef animal at the time the animal is sold.

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From the Ground Up - Smaller Corn Crop Could Affect Prices

Updated: 04/17/2014 - When a farmer makes his plans for planting in any given year, he has to consider many things that are completely beyond his control, not the least being the weather and market prices, and while expert predictions are available for consideration, those are also vulnerable to changes that take place that affect their original assumptions.

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From the Ground Up: The Beef Quality Assurance Program

Updated: 03/20/2014 - Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides guidelines for beef cattle production and is designed to boost consumer confidence in a safe, wholesome, and healthy beef supply.

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From the Ground Up - Farm Bill Changes

Updated: 03/06/2014 - The Farm Bill that was passed in February is the result of three and a half years of Congressional debate about what would provide the best safety net for agricultural producers going forward.

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From the Ground Up - Planting Decisions

Updated: 02/27/2014 - Corn is the first crop that gets planted in a new year, and around Valentine’s Day, farmers in our area who are going to plant corn begin to pay very close attention to the weather.

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From the Ground Up - Does Cold Weather Impact Insects?

Updated: 02/20/2014 - When we’ve been experiencing a mild winter, how many times have you heard someone comment that we need to have some freezing weather to kill some of the bugs that had been pestering us during the fall and summer?

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From the Ground Up - Economics of Farming

Updated: 01/02/2014 - Farmers operate on very thin margins, and with the capital required to farm today, it would be easy to understand why some might choose a different career path, but thankfully enough people choose to farm, and that’s what keeps the rest of us fed.

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From the Ground Up - Research Drives Efficiency in Agriculture

Updated: 12/19/2013 - The ability of 98% of the U.S. population not to have to worry about producing the food they consume is a tribute to the efficiency of today’s American farmer, and that efficiency has been driven by research.

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From the Ground Up: Rain and Fall Planting

Updated: 12/05/2013 - The heavy rains we’ve received this fall have filled up lakes and ponds and helped to replenish sub soil moisture, but we wondered if maybe it could be a case of getting too much of a good thing. Billy Pagach farms in Milam County.

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