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From the Ground Up - Drought and the Land

Updated: 09/29/2011 - We’ve talked a lot about the impact this drought has had across the entire state, but we haven’t really said much about the recovery from it, not if, but when it occurs.

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From the Ground Up - Cotton Yields

Updated: 09/22/2011 - Dry land farming makes the farmer totally dependent on Mother Nature for the rainfall his crop receives, and this year was pretty brutal for most dry land farmers across our state.

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From the Ground Up - Drought Impact on Fish

Updated: 09/08/2011 - The drought across the state has had a negative impact on livestock as well as wildlife, and nothing has been more negatively impacted than fish and other aquatic species.

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From the Ground Up - New Cotton Picker

Updated: 09/01/2011 - If you've taken a drive through the Brazos River bottom you've probably noticed that it's harvest time you may have noticed something a little different in the cotton fields.

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From the Ground Up - Retaining Your Cow Herd

Posted: 08/25/2011 - The drought has already had a huge impact on local ranchers, and as long as it persists, they continue to have to make decisions about how they might be able to retain their cow herd, or whether to move forward with further liquidation.

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From the Ground Up - Restocking Decisions

Updated: 08/23/2011 - When the drought is over, and forage production and pastures have come back, beef producers will begin to restock and expand their cow herds.

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Texas Ag Losses at Record $5.2B

Posted: 08/17/2011 - The blistering Texas drought has caused an estimated record $5.2 billion in crop and livestock losses.

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From the Ground Up - Beef Short Course

Posted: 08/11/2011 - Last week the annual Beef Short Course was hosted by Texas Agrilife Extension and Texas A&M's Animal Science Department on the College Station campus, and this time last year the beef industry was hoping that lower prices in past years would be overcome by a stabilization of demand and a short supply of beef that would lead to higher prices for producers.

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USDA Expanding Emergency Grazing in 5 States

Posted: 08/09/2011 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is trying to help ranchers affected by drought by allowing extended grazing on land set aside for conservation under a federal program.

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From the Ground Up - Drought Impact on Lakes

Posted: 07/28/2011 - The old "drought of record" that is used for comparison for any droughts we've experienced since the nineteen fifties is in danger of being replaced by the current one ongoing in the Brazos Valley and across most of the state.

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From the Ground Up - Herbicide Resistance in Weeds

Posted: 07/21/2011 - Weeds that are resistant to herbicides aren't new and until now there have only been some spotty issues here in Texas, but there's a type of pig weed called water hemp that has become a huge problem in the southeastern United States.

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From the Ground Up - Cotton Update

Posted: 07/14/2011 - The latest release of cotton estimates have 57-percent of the Texas cotton crop in poor to very poor condition, and 43-percent of the crop rated fair to good.

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From the Ground Up - The Next Farm Bill

Posted: 07/07/2011 - The debate has begun in Washington concerning a new farm bill, and although the farm bill makes up less than one half of one per cent of the total budget, cuts are expected.

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Challenges With The Next Farm Bill

Posted: 07/01/2011 - Discussion of a new farm bill has begun in Washington and although the nation’s budget deficit will play a major factor in what the final legislation looks like, it’s not the only challenge faced by agricultural producers who hope to preserve some kind of safety net for the industry.

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From the Ground Up - Managing Through The Drought

Updated: 06/16/2011 - There has been an unprecedented sell-off of cattle in the past few months here in the Brazos Valley, and with no relief from the drought in sight, we're liable to see cattle numbers continue to dwindle.

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From the Ground Up - Brazos Valley Cotton & Corn

Updated: 06/13/2011 - If you've been traveling the countryside this spring you may have noticed a change in the rural landscape that has been brought about by the prolonged drought; less cattle, very little corn, and more cotton.

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From the Ground Up - Clearing Brush

Updated: 06/13/2011 - In the past, clearing a piece of land that was overgrown with brush usually involved a bulldozer and some burn piles, but today there's another alternative.

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