El Niño indicators ease, still expected late 2012

Climate indicators for an El Niño event in the western Pacific have eased slightly in the past fortnight, but meteorologists still expect the weather pattern which can bring drought to the Asia-Pacific and damage crops to form late in 2012. Read more…

USDA stands with farmers and ranchers affected by extreme weather and natural disasters

As serious drought conditions continue to creep across nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 states, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials are fanning out to rural communities across the country to show support to farmers and ranchers affected by a string of extreme weather in 2012. In the weeks ahead, additional USDA subcabinet leaders will travel to Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and others to augment ongoing assistance from state-level USDA staff. Read more…

Conservation Reserve Program – planning it out

Texas’ Natural Reserve Conservation Service Acting Executive Director James B. Douglassannounced recently that 767,242 acres were accepted in the new Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup, while the total number of active CRP acres in the state now exceeds 3.3 million. NRCS in the Panhandle and South Plains region assume the majority of the total enrolled acres in the state with 3,800 conservation plans to be developed by Aug.24, 2012. Read more…

Cricket invasion hits parts of East and Central Texas

The current cricket invasion many are experiencing in parts of East and Central Texas isn’t particularly unusual, but the timing is. Dr. Michael Merchant, AgriLife Extension urban entomologist at Dallas, said he’s had a number of reports from Central and East Texas folks concerned with the high number of crickets they’re seeing this year. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, July 16, 2012

For the week ending July 14, feeder cattle prices at Texas auctions were mostly $3 to $10 lower per hundredweight (cwt) compared to pre-July 4 holiday sales, with a few as much as $20 lower on calves. Texas feeder cattle sales directly to stocker operations and feedlots were $2 to $7 lower. At Oklahoma City National Stockyards, feeder cattle were $2 to $7 lower and calves were down $10 to $20. Read more…