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Despite recent snow storms, drought concerns linger in West Texas

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In mid-January, flurries fell across different parts of West Texas. But, the snow didn’t do much to help drought conditions on the South Plains, reports a Texas Tech University researcher. Once the recent snow completely melts, the amount of precipitation will equal less than an inch, said Glen Ritchie, chair of Texas Tech’s Department of Plant and Soil Science. It ... Read More »

Key To Success

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West Texas Operation Capitalizes On Teamwork • By Carroll Smith, Editor • The West Texas cotton production region is hot and dry with limited groundwater and an average rainfall of about 16 inches. However, in the past four years, precipitation has not reached this mark, which has proved challenging for area farmers, especially on dryland acres. “Although we are limited ... Read More »

BASF commits to long-term sponsorship of Lubbock, Texas, museum

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BASF has renewed its commitment to the cotton industry and West Texas agriculture through a long-term sponsorship of the Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock, Texas, renaming it the FiberMax Center for Discovery. The new name reflects the decade-long relationship between the museum and FiberMax. The museum and BASF are focused on connecting the Lubbock community to agriculture with the hopes ... Read More »

Texas native returns to lead the Semi-Arid Agricultural Systems Institute

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A regional native and nationally prominent researcher in plant breeding has been hired as the director of the Semi-Arid Agricultural Systems Institute at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Dr. Craig Bednarz, an Idalou native, began May 1 in a joint appointment by West Texas A&M, Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Amarillo and the Texas A&M University Department of ... Read More »

Texas A&M AgriLife experts call for vigilance against kochia

Kochia, a kind of tumbleweed, has long been associated with the Texas High Plains, but its abundance is starting to alarm Texas A&M AgriLife officials as regional producers are experiencing challenges controlling the weed as herbicide resistance is mounting. Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research weed scientist in the Texas A&M Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, College Station, ... Read More »

Building For The Future

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Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association Annual Meeting And Trade Show Set For April 4-5 in Lubbock. We have seen significant growth in Texas cotton production the past several years that has contributed to the building of several new gins and the expansion of existing gin plants. I believe this growth and increased ginning capacity means Texas will be a major player ... Read More »

Livin’ On A Prayer Depicts 2018 Season

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When Bon Jovi’s hit song “Livin’ on a Prayer” was released three decades ago, it quickly rose to the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 chart on Valentine’s Day 1987, according to Billboard. The lyrics particularly appeared to resonate with hard-working people trying to “hold on to what we’ve got.” Today, the phrase “livin’ on a prayer” has evolved ... Read More »