Category Archives: Morning Ag Clips

Brahman-type cattle may require less nitrogen

Texas A&M AgriLife study to identify differences in nitrogen metabolism between primary cattle subspecies PUBLISHED ON August 4, 2020 COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A recently funded Texas A&M AgriLife study will determine differences in nitrogen requirements between Brahman type cattle and other cattle. Measuring these differences may allow cattle producers to reduce the protein in cattle diets by allowing for precise diet formulations. “Implementation of precision diet formulation in cattle diets can be the answer to producing a more affordable beef with a smaller environmental impact,” said Tryon Wickersham,… Read More →

Peanut farmers strikeout this Major League Baseball season

5.4 million bags of in-shell peanuts are sold each season in MLB ballparks PUBLISHED ON August 4, 2020 WACO, Texas — Fans are not the only thing missing from Major League Baseball (MLB) games right now. Missing are peanuts. And a lot of them. According to the National Peanut Board, 5.4 million bags of in-shell peanuts are sold each season in MLB ballparks. The bags are now sitting in storage, already packaged and shipped, just waiting to be opened. Peanut farmers in Texas and elsewhere know the score…. Read More →

Editorial: Victory in the courts for Texas property owners

By James D. Bradbury, attorney and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association member PUBLISHED ON August 4, 2020 AUSTIN — Avid Cattleman readers will remember an article earlier this year, where I discussed Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s involvement in judicial issues. The case I highlighted in the story was Hlavinka et al. v. HSC Pipeline Partnership, LLC, which pitted a Texas rancher against an obstinate pipeline company. At the time of the first article, the trial court had ruled in favor of the pipeline company, largely ignoring… Read More →

Winona man indicted for hindering a secured creditor

Matthew John Kerns defaulted on loans for cattle and agricultural equipment, failed to produce collateral PUBLISHED ON August 3, 2020 SMITH CO., Texas — When a borrower defaults on a loan, the bank comes for the collateral. But when it’s not there — either because it never existed, has been sold or the borrower fails to surrender it — that’s criminal. It’s called hindering a secured creditor, and in Texas, ranges from a misdemeanor to a felony. For Matthew John Kerns, a 51-year-old Winona man, it was the… Read More →

Three Big Country Wheat webinars set for August

Texas A&M AgriLife experts to present free educational series PUBLISHED ON August 2, 2020   COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be presenting the annual Big Country Wheat Conference as webinars this year. The free event will run on three consecutive Thursdays starting Aug. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. each day. “We feel these online events will provide area producers with valuable information heading into the upcoming wheat planting season,” said Steve Estes, AgriLife Extension agent for Taylor County. “This series offers something… Read More →

Farm Credit Bank of Texas reports Q2 financial results

Net income for the first six months of 2020 totaled $108.6 million, up 14.1% PUBLISHED ON August 2, 2020   AUSTIN — Farm Credit Bank of Texas (FCBT) reported solid earnings, positive loan growth and strong credit quality in the second quarter of 2020. Net income for the first six months of 2020 totaled $108.6 million, up 14.1% compared with the same period of 2019. Net interest income for the first six months of 2020 totaled $154.1 million, an 18.3% increase compared with the same period of the… Read More →

Mystery seeds arrive in Texas

Recipients advised to report unsolicited seed shipments PUBLISHED ON July 29, 2020 COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas residents are now among those across the nation receiving mysterious seeds delivered by mail in tiny bags marked as jewelry. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are on alert because these seeds are unsolicited. Kevin Ong, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist and director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station, said the concern arises because these packages have seeds in them instead of what is listed, and there is no information… Read More →

Powerful partnerships help move more dairy

Quick-serve restaurants continue to boost dairy sales PUBLISHED ON July 28, 2020 RAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Driving demand for dairy foods through partnerships is critical for the dairy industry’s future. One dairy checkoff tactic has been working together with foodservice partners for over a decade. Partnerships with Domino’s, Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Taco Bell and KFC are driving innovation and dairy sales. These types of partnerships have grown by 2.2 billion milk pounds and experience an average 3% growth rate each year (three times the average). “For every dollar… Read More →

Online Brush Busters course now available

Class is dedicated to Brush Busters Individual Plant Treatment herbicide applications PUBLISHED ON July 27, 2020 SAN ANGELO, Texas — The Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, & Fisheries Management, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is excited to announce a new online class dedicated to Brush Busters Individual Plant Treatment herbicide applications. Continuing education credits are available from the Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide License. Sign up is available at: https://agrilifelearn.tamu.edu/product?catalog=ESSM-003 This online course will help land owners and managers become familiar with clearing brush and trees, as well as how… Read More →

22nd annual Wheatheart Wheat Conference to be online

Producers will hear marketing, production updates online, August 6th PUBLISHED ON July 27, 2020 COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The 22nd annual Wheatheart Wheat Conference for all area wheat producers will be online from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 6, using internet conferencing. Hosting the event are multiple Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county offices. “We decided to go online this year due to the virus concerns and also to give these producers the opportunity to get this information easier by not having to come in to a meeting,” said Scott Strawn,… Read More →