Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department | May 12, 2020

With peak boating season around the corner, Texans recreating on the coast are likely to spot iconic coastal birds like brown pelicans, roseate spoonbills, black skimmers and reddish egrets nesting in … Read More

May is a very important month for native pastures in the southern Great Plains. By the end of this month, approximately 50% of this year’s forage production will be produced. Monitoring your native pastures that are being grazed is critical to making sure they are not being overutilized. … Read More

Missy Bonds, manager of Bonds Ranch headquartered in Saginaw, Texas, says there is no meat shortage, but a bottleneck at the meat processing plants due to COVID-19, has caused uncertainty in the market and volatility in cattle prices. 

Watch the video here at Fort … Read More

Source: Texas Animal Health Commission | May 8, 2020

Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) has been detected in cattle on a Zapata County premises and two Starr County premises. Testing at the USDA Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed the virus as … Read More

Supply rationing at the grocery store level is the topic of the day in news reports across the country, but the situation varies greatly species by species and even subprimal by subprimal. There is no question that output is down across the board. But the biggest declines have come in the … Read More

Source: AgriLife Today | May 7, 2020

As the weather warms up and people begin spending more time in their yards, parks and forests, more people will be coming home with a rash or bug bite.

However, Texas … Read More

The bermudagrass stem maggot (Atherigona reversura), a pest of bermudagrass forage in Texas has been reported in multiple counties since 2012. The bermudagrass stem maggot is native to south Asia (from Japan westward to Pakistan) and was first reported in the U.S. in Georgia in 2010. This pest only … Read More

May 11, 2020

Signs of recovery in beef packing… but how fast?

By Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist

COVID-19 began impacting workers at beef packing plants in early April. In the last five weeks, … Read More

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May 8, 2020

U.S. precipitation deficits: October – present… Read More


Map released: May 7, 2020 | Data valid: May 5, 2020

This week’s drought summary: A strong cold front progressed southeast across the Great Plains, Mississippi Valley, and Southeast on April 28 and 29. This cold front … Read More