Sorghum pricing offers producers opportunity to maximize profits

Like most grain sorghum in the South Plains in August, this Hale County hybrid forage seed production field was in excellent shape due to recent rains. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Calvin Trostle)

Experts: Water management key to profitability Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.Bell@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Dana Porter, 806-746-6101, dporter@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu DIMMITT – Higher prices for grain sorghum due to greater overseas demand from China are creating an opportunity for producers if the crop is properly managed, according to several Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. “What’s happening in the sorghum market is a surprise and is exciting for producers,” said Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo. “The Chinese market… Read More →

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Results of annual Texas wheat producer survey released

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Clark Neely, 979-845-3041, cneely@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Results from Texas wheat producers who were surveyed in December and January regarding the number of acres of wheat planted and to be planted by variety for the 2015 crop year are now available. The survey was coordinated between the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Agricultural Statistics Service. Funding was provided by the Texas Wheat Producers Association, Texas Foundation Seed Service and Texas Seed Trade Association. Survey results are provided in… Read More →

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AgriLife Research study opens doors for increases in Texas corn yields, aflatoxin resistance

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Seth Murray, 979-845-3469, sethmurray@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A ground-breaking Texas A&M AgriLife Research-led study on corn has identified useful gene variations for yield increases, drought tolerance and aflatoxin resistance that could make a real difference to Texas producers in the years to come, according to researchers. The study, titled “Genome Wide Association Study for Drought, Aflatoxin Resistance, and Important Agronomic Traits of Maize Hybrids in the Sub-Tropics” was recently published in PLOS ONE, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. The study… Read More →

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ASA News: Back to basics: Breeding plants for organic agriculture

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Around 10,000 BC, the dawn of the Agricultural Revolution, human societies began domesticating wild plants. For the next 12,000 years, farming relied exclusively on natural inputs, such as animal manure and compost. The first synthetic fertilizers and pesticides were developed only about 100 years ago but quickly became mainstays of “conventional” farming. In 1992, virtually all of the 460 million acres of U.S. cropland—all but 0.001%—were conventionally managed. About this same time, however, a new trend emerged, marked by growing interest in traditional and innovative farming practices that… Read More →

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Texas crop, weather for March 10, 2015

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Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu Dr. Gaylon Morgan, 979-845-0870, gmorgan@ag.tamu.edu Expert: Continued wet weather will affect sorghum and cotton planting acreages Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — By delaying corn planting, wet weather could mean more grain sorghum and cotton will be planted than earlier predicted, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. In early February, the National Cotton Council was predicting a large reduction in Texas cotton acreages planted – nearly 14 percent, according to Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist. In… Read More →

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New Texas Crops Newsletter offered by AgriLife Extension

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Gaylon Morgan, 979-845-0870, gmorgan@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is now offering a monthly Texas Crops Newsletter to provide timely and multi-discipline crop management information to Texas producers, consultants and allied industries. The inaugural newsletter was distributed Feb. 13, and each of the following newsletters will be distributed electronically, said Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist in College Station. Anyone who would like to get the newsletter via email can subscribe by going to http://agrilife.org/texasrowcrops/… Read More →

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A&M plant symposium debuts in MSC

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By Connor PaetzoldOn February 19, 2015 Graduate students had the opportunity to showcase their work and learn about new technologies Thursday at Texas A&M’s first Plant Breeding Symposium. Three graduate students had the opportunity to give speeches on their work at the symposium, and 28 other students displayed their work on poster boards for attendees to view. Francisco Gomez, plant breeding and genetics graduate student and one of the student speakers, said the symposium was a great opportunity for students to learn more about each other’s work. “You’ve… Read More →

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Silage trials show forage type and variety selection key to yield and quality

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.Bell@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ft-mccollum@tamu.edu AMARILLO – Ongoing Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service sorghum silage trials have revealed forage type and variety are key considerations to optimizing both quantity and quality, according to two specialists. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, said the 2014 trials in Potter County under center pivot irrigation evaluated 90 forage sorghum silage varieties for optimal yield and quality. Bell said because silage is in high demand by both feedyards and… Read More →

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Local food training set for April 16 on Texas A&M campus

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Focus on cottage foods, organic certification and publications Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: John W. Smith, 979-845-2761, jwsmith@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A “Production, Marketing and Sales of Local Food” training will be held April 16 in the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM `56 Equine Complex at Texas A&M University in College Station. The event is jointly sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Service. “With the greater interest in local foods, increased science-based education is needed for all those… Read More →

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Spring Ranch Management University set for March 30-April 3

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION –The next Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University will be March 30-April 3, said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist in College Station. The Ranch Management University is an intensive five-day event that targets new or inexperienced ranchers and landowners, Redmon said. It is held each spring and fall at the G. Rollie White Visitor’s Center, 7707 Raymond Stotzer Parkway on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. Registration is… Read More →

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