Cool temperatures and wet weather created prime conditions for fall armyworms and major problems for forage producers around the state. Recent temperature drops and rainfall across much of the state after a dry, warmer September and October created conditions for the pest to emerge. 

Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding folks that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots Nov. 6 to eligible farmers and ranchers for the 2017 FSA County Committee elections. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA office by Dec. 4, 2017, to ensure their vote is … Read More

Two ticks found in Mexico and South Texas can carry the microscopic parasites that cause Texas Cattle Fever. When Hurricane Harvey swept through coastal ranches recently, this put one tool used to control this pest into question – quarantine zones. However, a research entomologist with the ARS Cattle Fever Tick … Read More

Keeping the brush invasion under control is a lifetime endeavor. It’s a fight Andrew Bivens will likely never win, but with an extensive prescribed burn, herbicide and grubbing program, he hopes to eventually mimic Mother Nature in minimizing forage loss caused by the pasture predators of brush and weeds. Those … Read More

The popular Ag Law in the Field Podcast is back with a discussion about hunting leases for landowners with Tiffany Lashmet, Ag law specialist with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, and Jourdanton Attorney Trace Blair. Hear a number of issues to consider, including thoughts on whether hiring an attorney to draft … Read More

Most feeder calves in the United States are born in the spring and are going to market now.  Cow-calf producers have been in expansion mode over the past few years, leading to a large supply of feeder calves. The increase in animals has created a buyer’s market, and producers are … Read More

Texas white-tailed deer season opens Saturday, Nov. 4, in both the North and South Zones. The forecast is excellent, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department expects another record year. Habitat conditions were good this spring, setting the stage for robust antler and population growth. TPWD encourages all hunters to take the full bag … Read More

For the week ending Oct. 27, 2017, Texas feeder cattle auctions were uneven, reporting prices mostly steady to $8 higher with instances of steady to $4 lower. Texas Weekly Direct reported prices steady to $2 lower with instances of $1 to $2 higher. Wholesale Beef values were higher at the … Read More

The Cattle Raisers Relief Fund, a relief effort for beef producers by beef producers, is accepting funding applications from those affected by Hurricane Harvey in all impacted producers in the federally-declared disaster counties, regardless of membership status in TSCRA. Persons applying for funding must have a Texas Ag/Timber Tax … Read More

Hurricane Harvey, which decimated parts of South Central Texas and the upper Gulf Coast, caused more than $200 million in crop and livestock losses, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists.
“The effects of Hurricane Harvey will linger for quite some time with our Texas farmers and ranchers,” said Dr. … Read More