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Improving Range and Pasture Production: Consider a fall pasture weed inventory

Fall is a good time to assess your range and pasture condition as we go into the winter season. This is especially important when it comes to your weed management strategies. Identifying the weeds of concern can take place in the fall and control plans for the next growing season can be determined. A good […]

Sep 11, 2014 Read more...

It's what's for dinner: Easy beef and mushroom noodle bake

Use pre-made or leftover fully-cooked beef tips with gravy for this quick, tasty weekday comfort bake. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

Sep 11, 2014 Read more...

House votes to protect private property rights, halting EPA and Army Corps' land grab

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078 Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014, Wednesday, Sept. 10, in an attempt to halt the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the efforts of Rep. Southerland, R-Fla., to block what is described as the largest federal land grab to date.

Sep 10, 2014 Read more...

USDA Crop Reports Preview: Big, bigger, biggest

While attention following the release of the September round of supply and demand numbers is expected to focus on new-crop production estimates, global ending stocks projections could tell the real story. USDA will release its latest Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports at 11 a.m. CDT Thursday. DTN/Progressive Farmer Senior […]

Sep 10, 2014 Read more...

Texas crop, weather, for Sept. 9, 2014

Rains came to the Panhandle and South Plains a couple weeks too late to ensure a really good dryland cotton crop across the board. In early August, dryland cotton in the Texas High Plains teetered on being moisture stressed, but still had the potential to make a very good crop – if rain was received in time. Unfortunately, the rains came the first week of September, not mid-August as hoped.

Sep 10, 2014 Read more...

EPA again tries to explain water jurisdiction rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released seven pages of questions and answers Monday on its proposal to redefine which lakes and streams it can regulate. The explainer is the latest attempt by the EPA to respond to backlash from Republicans and business groups who say the “waters of the United States” proposal from March would significantly expand the EPA’s jurisdiction. […]

Sep 09, 2014 Read more...

Staples condemns school policies calling for Meatless Mondays

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples wrote an editorial for the Austin American-Statesman about keeping “Meatless Monday” campaigns out of Texas schools and restricting children’s lunches. “Restricting children’s meal choice to not include meat is irresponsible and has no place in our schools. This activist movement called ‘Meatless Mondays’ is a carefully-orchestrated campaign that seeks to eliminate meat from Americans’ diets seven days a week — starting with Mondays…”

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TDA Market Recap for Sept. 8, 2014

For the week ending Sept. 6, 2014, feeder cattle prices quoted by Texas auctions were steady to $10 higher per hundredweight (cwt) early in the week, and then $1 to $8 higher later in the week. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were $3 to $10 higher. Fed cattle cash prices were more than $6 higher. Wholesale beef values were higher. Prices strengthened across the cattle complex last week, starting with beef values and then carrying through to the feeder cattle. Limited supplies and strong demand continue to support the market. Beef exports were down four percent from the previous week, but up four percent from the prior four-week average. Export shipments were down nine percent from a week earlier and 10 percent below the average.

Sep 09, 2014 Read more...

Attend a TSCRA event this month

TSCRA has 14 events scheduled for September, including ranch gatherings this week in Fowlerton, Placedo, and Corpus Christi. We will also be hosting lunches, educational events, Beef Quality Assurance producer training and our fall membership meeting in Austin Sept. 24-26. Check out our events calendar at tscra.org for more information. We’re adding new events all […]

Sep 08, 2014 Read more...

Mexico continuing to fall behind on obligation of sending Rio Grande water to Texas

Under the terms of a treaty signed in 1944, the U.S. is obliged to give Mexico water from the Colorado River, while Mexico must transfer water from the Rio Grande and its tributaries. But in recent years, Mexico has fallen behind on its obligation. The accounting for the water sharing gets tallied in five-year cycles. […]

Sep 08, 2014 Read more...