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In Texas Drought, The Heat Came Early

July 8, 2011
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Todd Baughman, the Texas A&M Extension peanut specialst, noted this week in our newsletter, PeanutFax, that the oppressive heat came on early by any standard. “One of our local TV stations cited comparisons to illustrate how bad the heat has been,’ he said. “In 1980 – the landmark year everyone uses for comparisons – we...

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Make a Promise to Yourself

July 5, 2011
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I’m going to make two statements that I think cannot be argued: 1-The business of farming (or farm consulting)  is highly pressured and complicated with 24/7 demands topped by an immense amount of financial risk. 2-A farmer’s response to these daily crises and ongoing challenges affects every family member and close friend. Agreed? There’s...

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What Does a Smart Phone and A CB Radio Have In Common?

June 29, 2011
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When I read Adam Erwin’s article, How Could a Smart Phone Make Us So Dumb?, I was reminded of how age and experience color our outlook. Erwin obviously has a bone to pick with cell phones.  I may not agree with all of his diatribe, but it was worth reading just for his  historical perspective...

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The Number 1 Irrigated Crop? Lawns…Really!

June 27, 2011
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One of my favorite tv shows is CBS Sunday Morning, which I usually get around to watching on my daily lunch hour, thanks to DVR. In one recent episode about the American obsession with lawns, it was pointed out that NASA estimates U.S. lawns cover 40 million acres! That’s about the size of Kentucky....

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Lubbock Hits 112 Degrees – Now That’s Market News

June 27, 2011
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It may be a cool day under the air conditioner at the Cotton Exchange, but Duane Howell, DTN Cotton Correspondent, reporting on the Cotton Market Opening this morning,  said more about the weather than the market.  Who could blame him? Lubbock records its second hottest day ever on the Texas High Plains. Record high...

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Farmer John: I have never been so wealthy “on paper.”

June 27, 2011
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I grew up on a farm.  There was household optimism twice a year – at planting and again at harvest.  Never was my father so excited as when he was planting and nourishing those tiny plants, and never was he so relieved as when he could pull out the combines and “bring it in.” ...

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Texas Drought May Have Enough Momentum To Persist After La Nina Fades, Says Bob Rose

June 10, 2011
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Bob Rose, chief meteorologist for the Lower Colorado River Authority — which manages key reservoirs in the Hill Country of Texas — says that this year’s drought may have enough momentum to carry it through the summer, even when the La Nina effect weakens. LCRA supplies water to Austin and other cities in the...

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Mississippi Company Promoting U.S.-Grown Bamboo

June 8, 2011
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Bamboo inventory.

Nothing in our back yard grows quite as fast as bamboo that crept into a back corner from a neighbor’s yard. So, living in Mississippi where bamboo can really take off, it was fascinating to find that a Jackson man has formed a company aimed at growing bamboo here for commercial sale. Here’s the...

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Sharpen Your Sweep Net Skills

June 7, 2011
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Boll Weevil Picking His Next Jumping Off Point on Cotton Boll

I never thought much about the accuracy of a  sweep net until I read Angus Catchot’s Mississippi Crops Blog this morning. As an ag photographer, I proudly own a sweep net for tracking down insects in cotton and soybean fields. I’ve photographed crop consultants from California to Louisiana as they used sweep nets. But,...

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