Bonds presented with Stocker of the Year Award

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Second Vice President Pete Bonds, Saginaw, was presented with BEEF magazine’s 2011 BEEF Stocker Award Thursday at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Nashville. BEEF magazine announced Bonds as the 2011 Stocker of the Year honoree in October 2011. The Stocker of the Year Award was developed by BEEF magazine to showcase the best of the best in stocker management and to highlight this critical segment of the beef cattle industry. Read more…

CME: Products follow price

What can the prices of individual beef and pork cuts tell us about consumer preferences and the types of animals we should consider raising? Are consumers telling us they want lean but paying for flavor? Read more…

Researchers help keep Salmonella out of beef

A team of Texas Tech researchers was awarded $540,000 from the US Department of Agriculture and an additional $150,000 matching funds from the beef checkoff program to research and provide solutions for Salmonella in cattle. Read more…

Smartphone app provides field access to soil survey information

Farmers, ranchers and even backyard gardeners can use SoilWeb, a free smartphone app that is a portable version of an online interface to the USDA-NRCS digital soil survey data. This app allows iPhone and Android users of a to gain an understanding of the soil type in the surrounding landscape. Soil health is a key factor in the success of plants—the type of soil determines what nutrients are needed, as well as how much water should be applied. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor and Summary, 1-31-12

Locally heavy rain across central and eastern drought areas contrasted with unfavorably dry, warm weather elsewhere. A soaking rain fell from San Angelo northeastward across Dallas-Fort Worth into southeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas. A second, smaller but locally heavier band of rain was observed from San Antonio and Austin eastward across Houston into Beaumont-Port Arthur. Consequently, widespread reductions in drought were made – in some case up to 2 categories – as a result of the heavy rain. However, reservoirs remained unfavorably low across the northeastern quarter of Texas; consequently, despite 2 to 3 inches of rain, relatively small improvements were made to Abnormal Dryness to Severe Drought in these locales. Read more…