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From the Ground Up - Corn and Cotton Harvest

Posted: 10/01/2015 - Most local farmers can’t remember a spring as wet as the one that they experienced in 2015, and many had a hard time getting their crops started.

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From the Ground Up - Flavor Drives Beef Demand

Updated: 09/24/2015 - The strong prices the beef industry has enjoyed over the last few years have been partially due to a short supply, but also helped with a robust demand.

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New California Law Produces Unintended Consequences

Updated: 09/17/2015 - Earlier this year, California enacted new regulations preventing the use of cages for laying hens in the traditional sense that they’ve been utilized. It appears that the new legislation has produced some unintended consequences

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From the Ground Up - Producers Embrace Texas Beef Check-Off

Posted: 09/03/2015 - The U.S Beef Check-Off Program was started in 1986 as a producer funded marketing and research program that assesses one-dollar per beef animal at the time the animal is sold, but with today’s smaller cow herd, there simply isn’t as much money being raised.

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From the Ground Up - Beef Short Course Attracts Hundreds Of Ranchers

Posted: 08/17/2015 - This week almost 1700 beef producers from a dozen states and 6 different countries participated in Texas A&M’s Beef Short Course where they attended various cattleman’s college sessions ranging from forage production and nutrition, to cattle handling, genetics, and reproduction.

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From the Ground Up - Future Beef Markets Look Good

Updated: 08/14/2015 - Over the last couple of years, the beef industry has enjoyed extremely strong market prices. Those prices were easy to predict, based largely on the limited supply of cattle due to the liquidation of the U.S. cow herd that took place over several years during to the drought.

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From the Ground Up - Producers Brace For Threat of Avian Flu This Fall

Updated: 07/23/2015 - While we appear to be on the backside of the curve for the outbreak of avian flu that occurred across the Midwest this spring and caused egg shortages and higher prices, producers are bracing themselves for another threat this fall, as wild birds migrate for the winter. Craig Coufal is a Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Poultry Specialist.

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From the Ground Up - Changes in the Texas Dairy Industry

Updated: 07/16/2015 - The Texas Dairy Industry has grown tremendously over the last several years, but with that growth has also come major changes. Michael Tomaszewski is a visiting professor and professor emeritus of dairy science in Texas A&M’s Department of Animal Science.

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From the Ground Up - Mixed Expectations For This Year’s Corn Crop

Updated: 07/09/2015 - Normally this time of the year when you drive through the rural parts of our area, you’ll notice that the corn stalks are beginning to dry down, signaling that the corn is close to being ready to harvest. Harvest will be a little later this year.

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From the Ground Up - Wheat Harvest

Updated: 06/11/2015 - After several days of sunshine many farmers are busy in the field with an overdue wheat harvest that was delayed by excessive rains in May. Glenn Hegar farms in Hockley.

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From the Ground Up - Ranchers Struggle With Excessive Rains

Posted: 06/04/2015 - After what the 2011 drought did to the cattle industry, you might think that one of Mother Nature’s winners so far this year would be ranchers, but the excessive amount of rain we’ve received produces a different set of problems.

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From the Ground Up - Rains Too Much Of A Good Thing?

Updated: 05/21/2015 - With the new drought of record being as recent as 2011, it’s hard to find an agricultural producer who’s eager to complain about the amount of rainfall we’ve received, but some locations in our area have received more than seventy-five per cent of our normal rainfall in the first five months of this year.

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