Higher cattle prices produce greater risk

Cattle markets have entered uncharted territory and cow-calf producers are in the driver’s seat. But with elevated prices comes elevated risk for all segments of the industry. Read more…

USDA announces CRP general sign-up

Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS) Michael Scuse announced Feb. 1 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup, beginning on March 12 and ending on April 6. Read more…

Proper nutrition vital for livestock in late gestation

As livestock managers anticipate the beginning of the spring calving season, it’s vital that they make sure their cows and heifers are getting the proper nutrition. Nutritional deficiencies during late gestation can have long-term impacts on a calf’s health and productivity. One specialist says that with the drought, there is some poor-quality hay out there this year, and that’s not what you should be feeding cows in late gestation — or if you do, you need to supplement it. Read more…

Vitamin health benefits and food sources

Do you know what vitamins A, B, C, D and E really do? And should you bother taking them? Learn what you need to know about vitamin essentials with this link provided by TSCRA Insurance Services Inc. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, Jan. 31, 2012

Ironically, fears of another drought may result in fewer irrigated and more dryland cotton acres in the Texas High Plains this year, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert. Read more…