In 2015, the 84th Texas Legislature passed House Bill 30 directing the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to identify and designate brackish groundwater production zones in the state’s aquifers. The bill requires the TWDB to (1) determine the amount of brackish groundwater that a brackish groundwater production zone is capable … Read More

Cattle feeders lost an average of $13 per head last week, breaking a string of 46 consecutive weeks of profitability dating back to November of last year. Last week 5-area Choice steers saw a modest gain of $1.25 per cwt., but costs against those steers marketed last week increased $57 … Read More

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will make his first official visit to Europe Oct. 12-18 to participate in the G-7 Agriculture Ministers Meeting in Italy, deliver remarks at the World Food Day observance in Rome, and engage in policy dialogue with his counterparts in London and Madrid.
“The European Union … Read More

The USDA-NASS Texas Crop Progress and Condition report released on Oct. 10 for the week of Oct. 2 -8 reports Temperatures as low as 40 degrees in the Northern High Plains, resulted from the first strong cold front of the season. Precipitation in the Northern Plains ranged from 2.0 to … Read More

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue expressed his disappointed last week in the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations, but said he is optimistic about progress being made in the next round that takes place Oct. 11-15 in Washington, D.C. “We’re eager to enter into bilateral trade negotiations with Japan and lower … Read More

Fire ants, hackberry psyllids and other insect pests are expected to make a return appearance in South Central Texas during the fall, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. Exclusion is an important aspect of pest management and said fall is a good time of year for people to … Read More

Because of a slow, six-to eight-week incubation period, anaplasmosis often turns up in cattle herds around this time of year, as the disease emerges in herds exposed to ticks or other vectors during the summer. However, Kansas State University veterinarian Hans Coetzee says outbreaks do not always follow conventional wisdom … Read More

Rock weirs and flumes are effective options for preventing gully or ditch formation and for stopping the growth of existing gullies or ditches. The Noble Research Institute’s Mike Porter, senior wildlife and fisheries consultant, explains how rock weirs and flumes help conserve topsoil and prevent erosion. Read moreā€¦

For the week ending Oct. 6, 2017, Texas feeder cattle auctions were mixed, reporting prices steady to $3 lower with instances of steady to $8 higher. Texas Weekly Direct reported prices steady to $4 lower. Wholesale Beef values were uneven at the end of the week, with Choice Grade holding … Read More

Ford Motor Company has announced even more savings for X-Plan Partner Recognition, including members of TSCRA. For a limited time, save an additional $500 on an eligible new 2017/2018 Ford Escape, Edge, Explorer, Expedition and Flex.