2011 was driest year on record in Texas

It’s official: 2011 was the driest year on record in Texas, according to the National Weather Service. It was also the second-hottest ever. That won’t surprise Texans who lived through a year in which wildfires roared through the Lone Star State, cattle went thirsty and many Fourth of July fireworks shows were canceled. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle stolen from Mason Co. property

TSCRA Special Ranger Max Hartmannm, District 26 in Central Texas, has reported the theft of 4 black cattle from a Mason county property. Hartmann reports that between Dec. 1 and 25, 3 black steers and 1 black heifer, all in the 600 pound range and hot branded with a half-circle over O on the left hip, were taken from a property with a locked gate. It’s unknown if the lock was compromised or if the individual or individuals had the combination. If you have information regarding this theft, please contact Special Ranger Hartmann at 830-669-2429. Read more…

TCEQ restricts junior water rights in Little Sandy Creek Watershed

Drought conditions continue to be widespread across the state. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality informed water-rights holders on April 11, 2011 and on Aug. 22, 2011, that there may be a need to administer water rights on a priority basis. The TCEQ has since received a senior priority call affecting the Little Sandy Creek Watershed of the Sabine River Basin. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Drought or not, Southern Plains faces challenges in 2012

November and December moisture means that some areas of the Southern Plains are in better shape than this time last year, at least as far as soil moisture. Nevertheless, the region is still in drought and it is still very much a question of what the region will look like when the growing season begins in the spring. Recent weather has been moisture free and current forecasts show that dry and warm conditions are expected for the foreseeable future. The current weather pattern appears to be more consistent with the La Niña conditions that are expected according to the latest seasonal drought outlook from the Climate Prediction Center, which indicates a likelihood of persistent drought for the period through the end of March at least. Read more…

FSA reminds producers of upcoming Jan. 30 deadline for livestock assistance programs

Texas and Oklahoma livestock owners who had disaster related losses in 2011 are reminded to visit their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office before Jan. 30 to file an application for payment through the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) or the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP). Read more…

Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program applications due March 15

The Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership (TALL) Program is seeking applicants for its new class, which will begin in July. TALL is a 2-year leadership development program managed by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Applications for the newest class, Class XIII, are due March 15. Participants include traditional crop producers, ranchers, bankers and attorneys, as well as those who work in lumber, food processing, agricultural corporations and horticultural industries. Read more…

Prescribed burning to take place at Jones Forest

The Texas Forest Service soon will be conducting prescribed burning operations at the Jones State Forest in Conroe. Considered a standard forest management tool, the prescribed burning will take place as weather permits. Operations could begin as early as Jan. 25, 2012, and run through Feb. 16, 2012. Read more…

TSCRA Event Calendar

Jan. 12: TSCRA Cattleman’s Luncheon, Wichita Falls, Texas Jan. 17: Ranching 101-Animal Health and Disease Management, Fort Worth, Texas Jan. 19: Monthly Dilley Luncheon, Pancho Garcia Café, Dilley, Texas. Feb. 16: Monthly Dilley Luncheon, Pancho Garcia Café, Dilley, Texas. Feb. 21: Ranching 101 Animal Nutrition, Fort Worth, Texas March 8: TSCRA Cattleman’s Luncheon, Wichita Falls, Texas March 30-April 1, 2012: TSCRA Convention Weekend, Trade Show and School For Successful Ranching, Fort Worth, Texas