U.S. Drought Monitor: Dry Conditions Continue to Expand in Region

March 28, 2017

The spring winds which weave their way out of the mountains of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico and across the South Plains and Permian Basin region have made their presence known in the early stages of the 2017 spring season.

Paired with just 1.50 inches of rainfall through the first quarter of the 2017 calendar year and above-average temperatures, drought-like conditions have grown — both within the region and in Gaines County, specifically.…

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2018 Farm Bill Keynote Event, Roundtable Slated for Friday

March 28, 2017

Area Congressmen, Former Ag Chair to Converge on Seminole for Discussions

Western Peanut Growers Assoc. officials are anticipating a large turnout Friday at the Seminole Conference Center, as the group will play host to an agriculture roundtable featuring three sitting members of the U.S. House of Representatives and a former chairman of the U.S.…

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New Cotton Technologies Add to Grower Responsibilities

March 24, 2017

LUBBOCK – From a cotton farming standpoint, it may be more important now than ever to know your surroundings, said a pair of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists at Lubbock.

In the past, farmers used to plant brown bag seed and had few postemergence herbicide options, said Dr. Seth Byrd, AgriLife Extension agronomist.…

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Major Farm Bill ‘Roundtable’ Slated for March 31 in Seminole

March 17, 2017

Three area members of the United States House of Representatives will converge on the Seminole community on March 31 to discuss one of the lifeblood industries within the West Texas and southeastern New Mexico region — agriculture.

Sponsored by the Western Peanut Growers Association, an Ag Issues Conference entitled “Explore the Possibilities of the 2018 Farm Bill” will be held at the Seminole Community Center, 801 N.…

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‘Abnormally Dry’ Conditions Encompass Two-Thirds of Gaines Co.

March 16, 2017

“Abnormally dry” vegetation conditions have crept into the northwestern Permian Basin region, including the southern two-thirds of Gaines County, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report released by a multi-agency coalition earlier this week.

Above average temperatures in the region and just 1.50 inches of precipitation for the 2017 calendar year have resulted in the growing drought conditions, according to the monitor.…

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LEWUCD Observing National Groundwater Awareness Week

March 14, 2017

According to the National Ground Water Association’s Executive Director Kevin McCray, “some 44 percent of the U.S. Population depends on groundwater, the water that fills cracks and other openings in beds of rock and sand, for its drinking water supply – be it from either a public source or private well.…

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Abbott declares 6 Texas counties disasters after wildfires

March 13, 2017

AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott has declared six Texas Panhandle counties disaster areas following deadly wildfires.

Abbott issued the proclamation Saturday to help clear the way for government assistance in Gray, Hemphill, Lipscomb, Ochiltree (AH-k’l-tree), Roberts and Wheeler counties.

A statement from Abbott says Texas officials have asked the U.S.…

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4 governors seek grazing assistance because of wildfires

March 13, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The governors of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and New Mexico are seeking temporary suspension of grazing restrictions for farmers and ranchers because of wildfires.

The fires have burned more than 2,300 square miles in the four states, forcing farmers and ranchers to move their livestock.

The letter from the governors to acting Secretary of Agriculture Mike Young asks that the restrictions in the Conservation Reserve Program be lifted to provide more land for grazing.…

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Private Pesticide Applicator Training Class Slated Wednesday

March 3, 2017

A private pesticide applicator training class is slated for this coming Wednesday, at the Gaines County  Texas AgriLife Extension Service Office, located inside the Gaines County Courthouse.

The class is $60 and is open to anyone who produces an agriculture product for sale and intends on purchasing and applying any state limited use or restricted use pesticide.…

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Downturn in farm economy complicating new Farm Bill efforts

February 27, 2017

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — As the elder statesman from an agricultural state, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has worked on crafting seven farm bills. But it is with some trepidation that the work begins to draft new legislation amid daunting challenges confronting farmers in the era of President Donald Trump.

Roberts, chairman of the Senate agriculture committee, was in Kansas on Thursday for group’s first field hearing in Manhattan for the 2018 Farm Bill.…

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