Source: AgriLife Today | May 19, 2020

Texas’ hay season has been a mixed bag for producers with results heavily dependent on Mother Nature and timing, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.

Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension forage … Read More

Source: USDA | May 19, 2020

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) on Tuesday, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers … Read More

Source: Texas A&M Forest Service | May 1, 2020

Texas A&M Forest Service urges citizens to prepare their communities for wildfire season

While Texans are doing things differently this spring and summer, the threat of wildfire is constant. … Read More

COVID-19 infections of workers at U.S. packing plants forced declines in red meat and poultry production during April, with beef production hit the hardest, said USDA economists on Monday. Disruptions will be felt for the rest of the year, but meat production in 2021 is forecast to rise … Read More

Cash cattle markets continued trading in a wide range in both the northern and southern regions last week. The south saw live cattle prices range from $110 to $120 with three of the four packers participating in the live trade.  The one packer that did not participate in … Read More

People unintentionally harm pond environments by releasing inappropriate fish, dumping aquarium organisms, transferring water from a river or using contaminated equipment. Inappropriate organisms, or the microscopic hitchhikers on them, in associated water or on equipment can create havoc in a pond, such as harming desired fish populations, introducing … Read More

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically altered meat production in the U.S., as a reduction in output from processing facilities — as well as workers who have contracted the virus — have taken a toll. Numerous area grocery stores have instituted numerical purchase limits on a variety of meat items, … Read More

A new report estimates that agricultural losses in Texas could go as high as $8 billion due to the COVID-19 economic downturn. The study, which was conducted by Texas A&M University, estimates that livestock and crop prices have fallen between 20% and 30%, and confirms what ranchers have seen since … Read More

Water availability and quality are a big deal for cattle on pasture. In summer, that’s even more the case. Water requirements can double when temperatures increase from 50 to 95 degrees F, according to a University of Georgia Extension bulletin. Water quality is equally important to availability and is often … Read More

Nitrogen is an essential plant nutrient. Plants readily take up and use two forms of soil nitrogen, ammonium (NH4+) and nitrate (NO3-). Other forms of nitrogen must be converted to one of these compounds before plants can utilize them directly for plant growth. Read more … Read More