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Expectations For 2011 - From the Ground Up

Updated: 01/06/2011 - After a pretty successful 2010, local agricultural producers are beginning to implement their strategies for the new year, and as usual, everything revolves around the weather.

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Reflections on 2010- From the Ground Up

Updated: 01/03/2011 - Overall, 2010 was a better year than the previous one for most Brazos Valley ag producers, and as usual, it was Mother Nature that was calling the shots. Ashley Batey has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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The Estate Tax and Agriculture

Posted: 12/23/2010 - Last week the congress passed a tax bill that contained a change in the estate tax for the 2011 and 2012 tax years.

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Land Owner’s Liabilities - From the Ground Up

Updated: 12/09/2010 - In Texas, the vast majority of land is privately held, and several years ago the Texas legislature recognized state law that covered a landowner’s liability for accidents and injuries that might take place on a piece of property was limiting the access that the state’s population would have for recreational use of private property.

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Organic vs Non-Organic

Updated: 12/02/2010 - For years there has been on on-going debate on whether organically produced food is better than food produced using all the newest technologies available to the American farmer.

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Forwarded Cotton Contracts - From the Ground Up

Updated: 11/18/2010 - When farmers pre-sell all or a portion of their crop, the price they receive is whatever is on the futures board at the time they sign their contract.

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2011 Cotton Acreage- From the Ground Up

Posted: 11/11/2010 - Recent historical high cotton prices might make those of us who aren’t involved in agriculture why local farmers wouldn’t just plant all of their land with cotton in 2011. In this week’s From The Ground Up, Ashley Batey tells us it’s not as simple a decision as it seems.

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Cotton Prices - From the Ground Up

Updated: 11/04/2010 - When we hear about high commodity prices for corn, wheat, or the recent historical high reached by cotton, it’s easy to see why people would think that farmers were making lots of money.

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Backgrounding Calves - From the Ground Up

Updated: 10/28/2010 - There are two different types of beef cattle operations, and both are found here in the Brazos Valley. One is supported by a cow herd is that is bred to produce calves that will ultimately become beef.

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Producers Cooperative’s 68th Annual Meeting

Updated: 10/14/2010 - Producers Cooperative is the largest agricultural cooperative in the state of Texas, and Monday night they held their 68th annual membership meeting in Reed Arena on the Texas A&M campus.

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Retaining Heifers To Expand The Cow Herd - From the Ground Up

Posted: 10/07/2010 - Last year’s drought was tough on farmers and ranchers alike, but the effects of a drought can be felt longer by ranchers whose pastures were damaged. It takes time for pastures to recover, and pasture conditions dictate how many animals your land can support.

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Cow / Calf Producers - From the Ground Up

Updated: 09/30/2010 - Over the last couple of years, beef producers have had to deal with low prices for calves, and drought conditions that dramatically impacted production levels.

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Aflatoxin in the Corn Crop - From the Ground Up

Posted: 09/23/2010 - A mycotoxin is a naturally occurring chemical that is produced by fungi growing on grain. One of the most common mycotoxins in Texas is aflatoxin, a fungus that was identified in the 1960s.

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Cotton Harvest - From the Ground Up

Updated: 09/16/2010 - Rain from Tropical Storm Hermine may have greened up homeowners’ lawns and given hay producers the hope of a fall cutting, but for farmers in the middle of harvesting their crops, it couldn’t have come at a worse time.

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Soybean Harvest - From the Ground Up

Updated: 09/09/2010 - It’s harvest time and while the Brazos Valley has always been noted for the three Cs, corn, cotton, and cattle, there are also a few soybeans grown in our area.

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Grain Harvest Begins - From the Ground Up

Updated: 09/02/2010 - We had really a real good growing season. We probably watered less this year than we have in years. We were fortunate, right in our area here, we got showers, just at the right time, and rain.

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Effects Of High Beef Demand With Short Supply - From The Ground Up

Posted: 08/26/2010 - While a short supply of beef when there is a good demand results in favorable prices for beef producers, it may also negatively impact some different sectors of the beef industry overall. Bob French has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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The Beef Market - From The Ground Up

Posted: 08/23/2010 - Prices for beef for the last couple of years haven’t made the industry very profitable, but a stabilization of demand and a shortage of supply should lead to higher prices for Brazos Valley calf producers. Bob French as more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Texas AgriLife Extention’s Beef Short Course 2010 - From The Ground Up

Updated: 08/12/2010 - Texas Agrilife Extension’s 56th annual Beef Short Course was held this month, and a big part of this year’s message was a call to action for beef producers to get involved in dispelling the misinformation that exists about beef production that is perpetuated by groups dedicated to destroying animal agriculture in the United States.

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The Oil Spill & The Texas Shrimp Industry - From The Ground Up

Updated: 08/05/2010 - The Texas shrimp season re-opened after being closed its usual two months between May 15th and July 15th, and while there is genuine concern about the impact the BP oil leak could have on Texas shrimpers, there’s also guarded optimism that a natural recovery is already underway. Shel Winkley has more in this week’s From The Ground Up.

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Marrying the Farm to the Ranch

Updated: 07/30/2010 - Agriculture producers are constantly looking for ways to improve their bottom line. In this week's From the Ground Up, Bob French tells us about a local farmer and rancher who's married his farm and his ranch in an effort to be more efficient.

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