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US Cattle on Feed up 5 percent, up 7 percent in Texas

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.6 million head on May 1, 2018. The inventory was 5 percent above May 1, 2017. This is the second highest May 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. In Texas, this number was up 7 percent over 2017 numbers and down 4 percent from the previous month. Click on the following link to download the full report: Read more…

General Discussion Read more... May 25, 2018

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Runoff elections, farm bill vote, high-speed rail and more

TSCRA government affairs staff were closely monitoring a number of runoff elections this Tuesday, as well as the latest farm bill vote, developments in the high-speed rail project, newly-introduced legislation regarding livestock transportation rules, and the Corpus Christi Port Channel Improvement project. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 25, 2018

Texas hunting regulation changes for 2018-19

Hunters will see several hunting regulation changes this fall, including an early opener for dove season in the South Zone, a mule deer season in Lynn County, experimental mule deer antler restrictions, an increase to the northern pintail bag limit, and a one week reduction to the spring Eastern turkey season for 2019 in 13 counties. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... May 25, 2018

Oklahoma beef industry leader offers takeaways from recent consumer panel

What are today’s consumers thinking about when they are buying beef for their families? That topic was discussed earlier this month in a consumer focus group held in conjunction with the US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef’s recent meeting in Oklahoma City. President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Weston Givens of Arnett, Okla., had the chance to sit in on that focus group to get a glimpse of what is on the minds of those consumers who participated in the panel. Oklahoma Farm Report’s Ron Hays caught up with Givens to get his impression of the discussion that took place that day on the latest edition of the Beef Buzz podcast. Read more…

General Discussion Read more... May 25, 2018

Tackling mosquitos and ticks in Texas

With ticks posing an ongoing threat to Texas’ cattle industry and mosquitoes causing challenging human health diseases such as Zika virus, a consortium of public health experts met at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Weslaco to hear the latest research and offer potential solutions. Read more…

General Discussion Read more... May 25, 2018

US Drought Monitor and Summary, May 22, 2018

Intensifying dryness from northeastern Texas to the central Gulf Coast contrasted with heavy rain and much-needed drought relief in western portions of the region. Over the past 30 days, many of the newly-expanded D0 areas have reported less than 25 percent-of-normal rainfall with deficits over the same period totaling 2.5 to 5 inches. In northeastern Texas, locales from Dallas eastward have reported similar shortfalls over the past 30 days, with 60-day precipitation totaling less than 70 percent of normal. Meanwhile, 7-day rainfall totaled 1 to 3 inches from central Texas northward into western Oklahoma, resulting in widespread reductions to this week’s drought intensity and coverage. Despite the beneficial rain, Severe (D2) to Exceptional (D4) Drought persisted over much of the southern High Plains, where 6-month precipitation has totaled locally less than 25 percent of normal. Read more…

General Discussion Read more... May 25, 2018

Urgent call to action for Texans against the high-speed rail project

Please take two minutes to voice your concern about the Dallas Houston High-speed Rail (HSR) to the Surface Transportation Board (STB). Texas Central is asking for exemptions to fast track their project. We need you to submit an online verified statement so the STB knows there is significant public opposition to this project. Please visit “Read more” link below to be taken to the Texans Against High Speed Rail website. The form should take less than two minutes to read, complete and submit. Please share this with any and all Texans concerned about the Dallas Houston HSR. You do not have to be directly impacted by the proposed tracks to complete this statement. The deadline to submit a statement is Tuesday, May 29. Read more…

General Discussion, General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... May 24, 2018

Lawmakers introduce legislation addressing livestock transportation issues

Lawmakers in Washington have introduced the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act, saying it would reform federal Hours of Service (HOS) rules in a way that ensures animal welfare, highway safety, and the well-being of livestock haulers. The bill was introduced Wednesday by U.S. Sens. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Jerry Moran of Kansas, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Jon Tester of Montana, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Marco Rubio of Florida, Tina Smith of Minnesota, Pat Roberts of Kansas, and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Read more…

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Forecasters predict a near- or above-normal 2018 Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75 percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near- or above-normal. NOAA’s forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms, of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes, including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which 6 become hurricanes, including 3 major hurricanes. Read more…

General Discussion Read more... May 24, 2018

Forage Fax: Silverleaf nightshade

Silver Leaf Nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium Cav.) is an upright, usually prickly perennial in the nightshade family. It normally grows 1 to 3 feet tall and reproduces by seed and creeping root stalks. Leaves have a silver color (hence the name) with wavy margins and are lance shaped to narrowly oblong. Flowers are violet or bluish (sometimes white) with yellow centers. The fruits are round and yellow and are present from May to October. The plant has poor forage value for livestock and wildlife and can be poisonous to livestock. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Department of Soil & Crop Sciences Read more..

General Discussion Read more... May 24, 2018