Reminder: Take the TSCRA drought and cattle movement survey

TSCRA is conducting a follow-up survey to the September and December 2011 drought surveys, polling members to better understand the impact of the continuing drought on their herd sizes and future livestock marketing practices. This information will help TSCRA plan future programs and services. All survey responses will remain confidential and only used in aggregate. Individual responses will not be released in any format. Read more…

Global food reserves falling as drought wilts crops

Stockpiles of the biggest crops will decline for a third year as drought parches fields across three continents, raising food-import costs already forecast by the United Nations to reach a near-record $1.24 trillion. Read more…

Ranchers seek hardier breeds of cattle for drought, climate change

Across American agriculture, ranchers, farmers and crop scientists have concluded that it’s too late to fight climate change. They need to adapt to it with a new generation of hardier animals and plants specially engineered to survive, and even thrive, in intense heat, with little rain. Read more…

Forage drought recovers: Looking back, planning ahead

So far 2012 has been a better year climate-wise than 2011. However, the full impact of the 2011 drought on warm-season forages was not fully realized until the early spring and summer of 2012. Warm-season perennial grasses were much weaker than anticipated and did not fully hit their growth mode until late June. We are now approaching the end of warm-season forage growth. Management from this point forward will impact warm-season growth next spring and continued drought recovery. By looking back to the winter and spring of 2011-2012, we can better plan ahead for winter and spring of 2012-2013 and its impact on our warm-season forage production. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Blue cheese beef tenderloin

If you like a little blue cheese with your beef, try this tenderloin recipe that includes blue cheese in the marinade. Read more…