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Innovative Tool Lets Landowners Report Wild Pig Activity, Damage

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• By Paul Schattenberg • The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute encourages landowners to report wild pig sightings and damage using a new first-of-its-kind online tool. “Landowners throughout Texas are constantly seeing wild pigs and their damage,” says Dr. Jim Cathey, associate director of the NRI. “Unfortunately, until now, we didn’t have a good method of collecting the information on where ... Read More »

Smart Drones Take Flight For Precision Agriculture Use

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• By Haleigh Erramouspe • Fields of cotton, wheat, sorghum and other crops are a common sight in the Texas High Plains, but what you might not expect is to see drones whipping through the air above these fields. However, if you drive out to a field of cotton about 30 miles north of Texas Tech University, that is exactly what ... Read More »

‘Using Pesticides Wisely’ Training Program Benefits Georgia Farmers

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By Clint Thompson A state program aimed at teaching farmers and other pesticide applicators how to properly apply pesticides continues to limit pesticide drift in Georgia. The educational training system, called “Using Pesticides Wisely,” was created by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. UGA Extension weed scientist Stanley Culpepper developed the training and credits Georgia ... Read More »

Study Shows Potable Supply Of Groundwater Less Than Thought

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• By Mari N. Jensen • The U.S. groundwater supply is smaller than originally thought, according to a new research study that includes a University of Arizona hydrologist. The study provides important insights into the depths of underground fresh and brackish water in some of the most prominent sedimentary basins across the United States. The research by scientists from the University ... Read More »

PhytoGen Releases Enlist Portfolio For Upcoming Season

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For the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture ranked a PhytoGen brand variety with the Enlist cotton trait (W3FE) among the 10 most planted in 2018. Two more W3FE varieties rounded out the top 20. Building on that momentum for 2019, PhytoGen is offering growers a full portfolio of these Enlist varieties. “For every pocket of the Cotton Belt, ... Read More »

EPA Announces Changes To Dicamba Registration

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On Oct. 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it is extending the registration of dicamba for two years for “over-the-top” use to control weeds in fields for cotton and soybean plants genetically engineered to resist dicamba. This action was input from and extensive collaboration between EPA, state regulators, farmers, academic researchers, pesticide manufacturers and other stakeholders. “EPA understands that ... Read More »

Congress Returns To Farm Bill And Other Agricultural Topics

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• By Kevin Hecteman • With one house of Congress set to flip to Democratic control next year, agricultural advocates focused on a post-election, “lame-duck” session as an opportunity to resolve lingering issues including farm policy and budget appropriations. Josh Rolph, federal policy manager for the California Farm Bureau Federation, says Congress needs to work immediately on appropriations bills. A current ... Read More »