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Forage Fax: Sprayer Calibration

Sprayer Calibration is a critical step for a pesticide applicator in making sure the correct amount of pesticide is applied to the target site. Calibration is the process by which the amount of pesticide being applied per a unit of area is determined. This step is most often skipped because we get in a hurry, we calibrated it once a long time ago (surely nothing has changed) or we forget. By skipping sprayer calibration the applicator may be applying too much pesticide or not enough pesticide. If too little pesticide is applied, the pest may not be controlled. Using more product than label directions recommend is illegal, may not control the pest effectively, may injure non-targets and may be hazardous to the environment. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Department of Soil & Crop Sciences gives advice on how and why to calibrate sprayers. Read more… 

Jun 18, 2018 Read more...

This is National Pollinator Week

Monday is the start of National Pollinator Week. Learn now modern farmers and ranchers are protecting pollinator habitats and follow the #NationalPollinatorWeek hashtag on social media. –U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Read more…

Jun 18, 2018 Read more...

Cow-Calf Corner: Beef supply and demand challenges continue; Mid to late summer supplementation for fall-born replacement heifer

In the June 18 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Derrell S. Peel, looks at the continuing challenges of beef supply and demand; and Glenn Selk talks supplementation for fall-born replacement heifers. Read more…

Jun 18, 2018 Read more...

TSCRA Summer Meeting kicks off in Marfa

Cattle Raisers, friends and family gathered in far West Texas for two days of meetings, fellowship and fun in Marfa. Friday’s sessions included topics on sustainability, animal health, transportation and hours of service rules, and eminent domain. State Rep. Mary Gonzalez, vice chair of the Texas House Agriculture and Livestock Committee, also talked about issues the committee will consider in the upcoming legislative session. To top off a day of business, attendees enjoyed an evening dinner at the St. George Hotel in historic downtown Marfa. Saturday’s meetings will feature committee meetings on law enforcement, agricultural research and property rights and tax. U.S. Rep. Will Hurd is the featured guest speaker during the board of directors session, closing the summer meeting with an inside look at national politics. Read more…

Jun 15, 2018 Read more...

Indictment and arrest in estray cattle case

TSCRA Special Rangers have confirmed the April indictment and arrest of a Turkey, Texas, man for theft of livestock. The indictment and arrest are the result of an investigation led by TSCRA Special Ranger Dean Bohannon. Eddie Noel Potts, 63, stands accused of trying to sell estray cattle that he believed may have belonged to a neighbor. Read more…

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Texas counties designated Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Agricultural producers in Andrews, Crane, Ector, Pecos, and Upton counties in Texas who suffered losses and damages caused by a recent drought are eligible to apply for FSA’s emergency loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. The deadline for producers in designated primary and contiguous counties to apply for emergency loans to help cover part of their actual losses is Feb. 5, 2019. Read more…

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NRCS Water & Climate Update, 6-14-18: Fires ignite across the Southwest

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) weekly update using data and products from the National Water and Climate Center and other agencies, reports 11 large wildfires currently burning in the U.S., with most of them centered in the Southwest. The largest, the 416 Fire near Durango, Colorado, has grown to over 27,000 acres with 15 percent containment. Hot and dry weather is helping to fuel these fires, and mandatory evacuations have been ordered from southern California to Colorado. Click or tap to read the report, which focuses on seasonal snowpack, precipitation, temperature, and drought conditions in the U.S. Read more…

Jun 15, 2018 Read more...

US Drought Monitor and Summary, June 12, 2018

 Rain amounts for this week combined with high temperatures and long term precipitation deficits added additional stress to the water systems in parts of the Texas Panhandle, leading to the expansion of extreme and exceptional drought conditions. Moderate to heavy rain over the Interstate 35 corridor in Oklahoma and in north-central to west Texas allowed for 1-category improvements in some areas that were experiencing abnormal dryness, moderate drought, severe drought, and extreme drought. Meanwhile, continued dry and hot conditions led to the introduction of extreme drought west of Lubbock and in areas near Corpus Christi where soil moisture deficits and mid to long term precipitation deficits supported degradation. Additionally, extreme drought was expanded in the Del Rio area northeast of the Rio Grande and in a corridor north of Houston and College Station in response to building precipitation deficits in these areas. The drought impact designation in far south Texas was changed from S to SL, indicating that drought conditions are present at both short and long term timescales. Read more…

Jun 15, 2018 Read more...

North Texas woman surrenders on fraud charges

A Johnson County woman has surrendered to authorities following her recent indictment on fraud charges. The charges are the result of an investigation led by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Marvin Wills. Madi N. Hardin, 33, of Joshua, secured a loan for the purchase of a 2009 John Deere 7830 tractor. It is alleged that she sold the tractor in January 2016 but failed to pay the lien holder the outstanding balance. Read more…

Jun 13, 2018 Read more...

Breaking down recent Congressional action on ELDs and Hours of Service

It has been an exciting couple of days for all those following developments on the livestock transportation front, including legislation that would affect electronic logging devices (ELDs) and Hours of Service rules for livestock haulers. Two new pieces of legislation – one in the Senate and one in the House – were introduced with the goal of providing much-needed relief for livestock haulers across the country. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association breaks down the situation. Read more…

Jun 13, 2018 Read more...