Texas crop, weather, for July 15, 2014

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It’s not too late to control sugarcane aphids on northeast Texas sorghum fields, but it will be very soon, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. The service has been tracking the insect since infestations developed this spring in the lower Rio Grande Valley. The pest soon moved northward to Corpus Christi, and then onto the Blacklands region by early June. Read more…

Free beef quality assurance training scheduled July 29 in Overton

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Beef producers can get free training to help them become more competitive in the industry by attending a Texas Beef Quality Producer (TBQP) program in Overton, July 29. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m., and a complimentary lunch will be served. The program covers Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) principles, industry updates, record keeping, environmental stewardship and proper management practices associated with genetic selection, cattle handling, culling, vaccination, drug use and more. Read more…

Texas vesicular stomatitis update

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On July 10, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of two new cases of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) in horses in Bastrop and Travis counties in Central Texas. One premises is located 2 miles east of Webberville in Travis County. The other premise is 4 miles east of Webberville in Bastrop County. To date, 10 premises in seven Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Those counties include Kinney, Hidalgo, San Patricio, Nueces, Jim Wells, Bastrop and Travis counties. The Kinney county premises has been released from quarantine. Read more…

Study: Zilmax has no apparent detrimental effect on cattle health

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The cattle feed additive Zilmax has no noticeable detrimental effect on cattle health or well-being, according to research by scientists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Read more at USAgNet

TDA Market Recap, July 14, 2014

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For the week ending July 12, 2014, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady to $10 higher per hundredweight (cwt) early in the week. Later, following a drop in futures markets and fed cattle, prices were mostly steady to $4 lower. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were steady to $4 higher. Fed cattle cash prices were down $2.50 from the previous week’s record high. Wholesale beef values were $4 higher per cwt to reach new record highs. Reduced cattle supplies and strong demand continue to support prices throughout the cattle sector. Beef export sales for the week were three times higher than the previous week and up 58 percent from the prior four-week average. Export shipments were up nine percent from a week earlier and up six percent from the average. Read more…

New exclusive content for TSCRA members: Climate updates from The Browning Newsletter

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TSCRA now offers valuable information to cattle raisers with exclusive content from Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss, author of the Browning Newsletter, one of the most acclaimed and accurate climate newsletters in the world. Association members will receive reports in The Cattleman Update and on our apps concerning how global climate trends will affect weather Texas and the Southwest in both the short and long term. This is information that could guide important decisions on management of your operation. For more than 38 years, The Browning Newsletter has been simply the best, most accurate source for long-term climate forecasts. Subscribers include a diverse group of people and institutions interested in profiting from opportunities presented by changing climate, and those looking to protect their interests that might be affected by Read more…

El Niño - A Pause for Refreshment

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This week Evelyn Browning-Garriss, acclaimed author of The Browning Newsletter, shares with us an exclusive update on El Niño: what it is, where it is and what its development would mean for rain in Texas and Oklahoma. Read more…

Texas sets dove, teal seasons

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Dove hunters will have more opportunity later in the season with dates and bag limits recently finalized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved the 2014-2015 Texas dove season, including a 70-day season and 15-bird daily bag statewide, and a 16-day early teal and Canada goose season. Read more…

Cow/Calf Corner: Cow-calf production and marketing alternatives with limited forage; Follow BQA guidelines when treating and selling cows

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In the July 14 issue of Cow/Calf Corner, the newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses the marketing opportunities available to cow-calf producers with limited forage, and Glenn Selk stresses the importance of following Beef Quality Assurance guidelines when treating and selling cows this summer. Read more…

Water planners focus on bigger Texas, not a hotter one

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After Texans overwhelmingly approved spending $2 billion in public funds on new water infrastructure projects last November, Republicans and Democrats alike hailed the state’s ability to solve its water woes in the wake of explosive growth and debilitating drought. But as state water planners prepare to spend that money and address Texas’ water needs in the coming decades, they are only planning for a bigger Texas — not a hotter one. Scientists say Texas Republican leaders’ aversion to reducing the state’s economic dependency on carbon-polluting fossil fuels — and their reluctance to acknowledge climate change — prevent the state from properly planning for the impacts of a warming planet on natural resources crucial to its growing population. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

Rising food output to meet global needs for next 10 years – OECD/FAO

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World food output is on track to meet the needs of a growing population after a decade punctuated by supply concerns, the OECD and U.N. food agency (FAO) said on Friday. Global agricultural production and consumption will rise in the next 10 years, as people in emerging countries become wealthier and eat more protein, but the increases will be slower than in the previous decade, the agencies said. Read more at Reuters…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in Bell County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in Central Texas reports cattle missing from a property in Bell County. The cattle are 14 mostly black crossbred steers weighing approximately 600 pounds, each, and went missing some time between May 8 and June 25. The cattle were branded with a Y on the right rib. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Wills at 254-865-2571.

South Texas man charged with obtaining property by false pretenses

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A South Texas man has been charged with a felony of obtaining property by false pretenses and a warrant was issued for his arrest in Bryan County, Okla. on Thursday. The investigation was led by TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier. On June 6, the suspect, Raymond James “RJ” Fleming, 30, purchased 40 head of livestock from the Caddo Livestock Auction, located in Bryan County, for $52,000 and issued the auction a check for purchase. Later on the same day, Fleming wrote another check to the same auction in the amount of $60,805 for the purchase of 23 additional head of cattle. Both checks were returned due to insufficient funds. Read more…

House passes bonus depreciation bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted 258 to 160 Friday to pass H.R. 4718, legislation that will make permanent the fifty percent bonus depreciation of new capital purchases that was created in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. This bill addresses a section of the tax code that expired at the end of 2013 and is one of the provisions that has traditionally been addressed in tax extenders packages. It was also considered as part of the tax reform proposals in the House and Senate. Read more…

Water rules war rages on

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy continued her Midwest campaign to defend her agency’s proposed rule on the waters of the U.S. this week with a visit Thursday to the Kansas City AgriBusiness Council. She insisted that the new rule won’t change current regulations under the Clean Water Act for farmers and ranchers. Read more at agriculture.com…

AgriLife Research study identifies contributing factors to groundwater table declines

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It’s no secret groundwater levels have declined across the state over the past eight decades, and that the primary reason was the onset of irrigation in agriculture and population growth. But a recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study has identified other factors having an impact. The groundwater declines have been most severe in the past four decades, but the news isn’t all bad, according to Dr. Srinivasulu Ale, AgriLife Research geospatial hydrology assistant professor in Vernon. Read more…

US Drought Monitor for July 8, 2014

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A relatively narrow band of heavy rain was observed from near Lubbock to Wichita Falls in Texas, while a fairly concentrated area of heavy rain was reported from about Houston to Victoria in eastern Texas. About a dozen relatively minor revisions were made to the depiction in Texas this week, some degradations and some improvements. No changes were made in Oklahoma. Read more…

El Niño watch issued, still likely to emerge by fall

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The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center has issued an El Niño watch for the summer and fall months. An El Niño watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of El Niño conditions within the next six months. The National Centers for Environmental Prediction released their latest El Niño assessment on Thursday and predicts a 70 percent chance of weak to moderate El Niño conditions developing during the summer and close to 80 percent during the fall and early winter. An El Niño is a weather pattern that typically brings wetter weather to Texas. NOAA Climate Prediction Center | Click here for a story and video on what El Nino may bring to Texas at KXAN…

Rep. Graves files bill to stop all EPA regulations

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Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., introduced a bill Wednesday that would stop every regulation the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently developing and require a review of all existing rules. Graves’ legislation would prohibit EPA from taking action on any rules until its retroactive review is complete, and require congressional approval of all regulations that have an economic cost above $50 billion, including past ones. Read more at The Hill...

Darci Vetter in as chief US agricultural negotiator

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U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman welcomed the United States Senate’s vote July 9 confirming Darci L. Vetter as the U.S. chief agricultural negotiator. Vetter was nominated this January, citing her experience in numerous agriculture, trade, and diplomatic positions across several branches of the federal government – most recently as deputy under secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Read more…