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2018-19 Texas hunting, fishing licenses go on sale Aug. 15

With opening of dove hunting season only a couple weeks away, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reminds sportsmen that all current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) expire Aug 31. New licenses for 2018-19 go on sale Wednesday, Aug. 15. Read more…

Aug 14, 2018 Read more...

USDA NASS Texas Crop Progress & Condition Summary for Aug. 6-12, 2018

Scattered showers where experienced across the state. Areas of the Edwards Plateau on through to the Blacklands and East Texas observed rainfall between of 2.0 to 4.0 inches, with isolated areas getting upwards of 5.0 inches. Up along the plains region precipitation reached between 0.25 to 1.5 inches. Throughout the state temperatures averaged in the low 80’s, with some highs reaching 100. Soybean and rice harvest progressed in areas of the Upper Coast. Supplemental feeding of livestock persisted in the Plains, the Cross Timbers, the Blacklands, South Central, and South Texas. Range and pasture condition varied across the state. Areas of the Northern High Plains, Trans-Pecos and the Lower Valley reported improving conditions. While in the Cross Timbers, Southern Low Plains, South Central and South Texas reported continued to decline. Read more…

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TSCRA Crime Watch: Hereford bull missing in TX Panhandle

TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston, District 2 in the northeast corner of the Texas Panhandle, reports the theft of a Hereford bull from a property in Lipscomb County. The horned bull was last seen on July 17, 2018, and had a K branded on the left hip. Anyone with information on this animal is urged to contact Special Ranger Eggleston at 806-852-4741.

Aug 13, 2018 Read more...

NAFTA negotiations ongoing with Mexico, stall with Canada

President Donald Trump said negotiations with Mexico on a new NAFTA agreement are “coming along nicely,” while telling Canada it will have to wait to re-enter the talks to modernize the three-nation trade pact — hinting at his preference for bilateral negotiations. –Bloomberg Read more…

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USDA forecasts record high corn yield, soybean production

r, according to the Crop Production report issued today by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Up 4 percent from 2017, soybean production is forecast at record high 4.59 billion bushels, while corn growers are expected to decrease their production slightly from last year, forecast at 14.6 billion bushels. –USAgNet Read more… 

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ForageFax: Strategies for Drought II

If your crystal ball is not working, it is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to a potential drought. Another drought will occur – the only question is when. Some best management practices can prepare us for a potential drought: forage management, grazing management and utilization of warm-season annual forages. Read more…

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Don’t let bale losses stack up

How hay bales are stored can have an economic impact not only now but also farther down the road. The method of storage throughout the rest of the summer and into fall and winter is important to maintain forage quality as well as minimize waste and cost of production. –Hay & Forage Grower Read more…

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Cow-Calf Corner: Fall feeder markets and stocker prospects; When to intervene and assist a cow or heifer in labor 

In the Aug. 13 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Derrell Peel talks fall feeder markets and stocker prospects; and Glenn Selk answers the question of when to intervene and assist a cow or heifer in labor. Read more…

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TSCRA Crime Watch: Black Angus Bull missing in South Texas

TSCRA Special Ranger Steve Martin, District 30 in South Texas, reports a black Angus bull missing from a property in the Berclair area between Goliad and Bee counties. The 3-year-old bull was last seen about 2 months ago, weighs approximately 1,100 pounds and had a red tag in its right ear with the producer’s telephone number. The bull is branded on the left shoulder with a crescent B and a 5 on the left hip. Anyone with information regarding this bull is urged to contact Special Ranger Martin at 361-358-8851.

Aug 10, 2018 Read more...

Texas sales tax holiday this weekend – Aug. 10-12

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds shoppers the annual sales tax holiday is scheduled for this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-12. The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend. Read more…

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