According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Texas office, A frost early in the week affected areas of the Plains and the Cross Timbers. The first significant snow storm hit areas of the High Plains. The rest of the week remained cool and dry in most areas of the … Read More

SPONSORED CONTENT: Pricklypear is associated with loss of grazing both from competition and the physical barrier it presents to livestock. Left untreated, pricklypear tends to get worse. University researchers have documented that, during drought, pricklypear density can increase 25 percent to 30 percent each year while other plants decline. At … Read More

Rain continues to cause issues for cotton growers hoping to harvest their crops around the state. Frequent 1- to 2-inch rains have continued to delay access to fields and cool, cloudy days are not offering ideal drying conditions. An estimated 15 percent of cotton acres in the Upper Gulf Coast, … Read More

In the Nov. 12 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Derrell Peel discusses steer slaughter numbers; and Glenn Selk talks about estimating winter hay and feed needs.

Warm-season grasses are plentiful in hay producing areas, but the rain that helped improve growing conditions following an extended period of drought is hurting their chances for more round bales. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton, said late-season rains created good growing conditions for warm-season grasses over the … Read More

Last week’s highest concentration of rainfall was reported in East Texas, the Upper Coast, areas of the Blacklands, and South Central Texas. Totals ranged from 2 to 3 inches, with isolated areas getting upwards of 5 inches. Precipitation in the rest of the state ranged from trace amounts to 1.5 … Read More

Many land managers go into the fall and winter months thinking they have plenty of standing vegetation for livestock forage and wildlife habitat in their native rangeland areas. However, many managers become disappointed in the true quantity and quality of the vegetation, resulting in a need to supplement livestock and/or … Read More

Texas weather conditions emerged from one of the hottest, driest summers on record into the wettest two-month period on record. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas state climatologist, reported statewide temperatures from May through August were tied for the second hottest on record, and summer 2018 was also drier, with statewide precipitation … Read More

The FDA is taking new steps to put in place modern regulation that fosters innovation in the emerging space of animal and plant biotechnology by announcing a new Plant and Animal Biotechnology Innovation Action Plan. This new plan advances policy priorities that the FDA will pursue to clarify our science-and-risk-based … Read More

We recently sent out a link to a survey about prescribed fire. Prescribed fire is a rangeland management tool utilized by ranchers across Texas and Oklahoma to improve forage production, brush and … Read More