Lower Rio Grande Valley growers looking for long spells of hot, dry weather may be in for a disappointment, at least through May, according to weather and crop experts. Barry Goldsmith, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Brownsville, said that while South Texas is now into the drier part of the year, unsettled weather could move across the area periodically for the next two, possibly three, months.
A tractor trailer struck a bridge just north of Salado on I-35 on Thursday, resulting in the closure of the highway in both directions until further notice. Preliminary reports from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) state that large beams were dislodged from the bridge, which was under construction. Motorists are encouraged to take alternative […]
TSCRA members attending the Cattle Raisers Convention beginning Friday in Fort Worth can get a free day pass for 2 full days of learning and fun. If you can’t make the meetings, TSCRA members can receive free Expo day passes for Friday or Saturday. Non-members may purchase a day pass for only $10. Time’s also running out to buy tickets for the TSCRA PAC raffle! Tickets will be available at the TSCRA PAC booth in the Expo.
The weather will likely be a topic of conversation this weekend in Fort Worth at the annual Cattle Raisers Convention. One rancher happy for the rain is Pete Bonds, Saginaw, president of TSCRA. Bonds is cautiously optimistic that drought conditions are improving but is not ready to start “doubling down” and buying a lot of cattle. Also discussing what the recent moisture could mean for cattle raisers are Jim Link, a TSCRA director and North Texas rancher, and Ken Cornelius, TCU Ranch Management director.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Payne County in Oklahoma as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in Creek, Lincoln, Logan, Noble and Pawnee counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.
Beef with reasonable marbling and juicy taste is preferred among consumers, and industry leaders continue to monitor how to consistently produce a product with these traits. A recent research article addresses the biology and biochemistry of beef marbling and its effects on production systems, carcass and fat quality.
It’s been more than a decade since Congress first passed its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements and 3 subsequent World Trade Organization rulings that have gone against the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has said no administrative action could resolve the issue if the WTO comes down with a final adverse ruling. The WTO Appellate […]
Much confusion and concern often surrounds the use of hormones in beef production. A common myth surrounding beef produced with additional hormones is that it is unsafe to consume. The fact is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the development and use of hormone implants and the Food Safety Inspection Service of the […]
All parts of the state received more precipitation in the last week, further delaying planting of spring crops in many areas. The total amount of rain is not so much the problem as lack of warmer, sunny weather to dry out fields for planting and to encourage growth of winter forages.