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Water Chased The Crop Dollars In Texas Panhandle

Eric Leach Crop consultant with Ag Aviation Muleshoe, Texas As they say, time does fly when you’re having fun. In 1984, I took an internship job scouting fields for Fred Locker’s business, Ag Aviation, in Muleshoe, Texas. Muleshoe is northwest of Lubbock in the Texas Panhandle. I thought I was earning credits for my degree in Entomology from Texas Tech ... Read More »

Texas Strategy: Survive The Drought

By Tommy Horton Editor A year ago we were talking about how Texas cotton producers were trying to survive a drought that had to be seen to be appreciated. It’s hard to know how difficult this weather event was unless you lived in the state and saw it firsthand. How bad was it? How about a reduced cotton crop that ... Read More »

USDA Plans Regional Drought Meetings

Recognizing that recovery from the drought that affected much of the farm belt will be a lengthy process, Agri-culture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the scheduling of four regional meetings that will outline available resources to assist with local, regional and state recovery efforts. USDA will coordinate with state and local partners, working closely with the Department of Commerce, the ... Read More »

USDA Offers Help To 22 States

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced $11.8 million in additional financial and technical assistance to help crop and livestock producers in 22 states apply conservation practices that reduce the impacts of drought and improve soil health and productivity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides this important assistance through its Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) and ... Read More »

Drought May Affect Fiber Properties At Gin

All of the current crop production discussion as I write this note in August for September publication has been about the loss of the U.S. corn crop due to record-breaking drought and heat in many parts of the Corn Belt. The cotton crop also is having its struggles, and the USDA August cotton production report has pegged the U.S. 2012 ... Read More »

This Year’s Crop Overcame Heat, Drought

MISSOURI Mike Milam milammr@missouri.edu According to the Missouri Crop Progress and Condition Report for the week ending Aug. 12, cotton setting bolls and beyond was 81 percent, 10 days behind last year and 12 days behind normal. Cotton opening bolls was nine percent, 12 days ahead of last year and nine days ahead of normal. Cotton condition was 12 percent ... Read More »

Crop Inches Closer To Defoliation

MISSOURI Mike Milam milammr@missouri.edu This has been such an unusual year for Missouri producers. We have set so many record highs, and we have worsening drought conditions. All of our cotton-growing area is classified as extreme drought. Although we have isolated and scattered showers forecast for the next 10 days, the drought monitor forecast through September calls for higher-than-normal temperatures ... Read More »