Gaines’ Drought Designation Remains Unchanged This Week

January 18, 2018

Little change was observed this week in Gaines County’s “moderate drought” designation, according to a Thursday report from the U.S. Drought Monitor.

“Moderate Drought” conditions continue to encompass a vast majority of Gaines County in this week’s report, as the county is on the southern edge of the lowest drought designation for the South Plains region.…

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County’s Gins Continue Processing 2017 Cotton Crops

January 16, 2018

As Gaines County’s 2017 cotton harvest tally climbed over the 360,000 bale count late last week, officials with the National Agricultural Statistics Services (NASS) are projecting another productive year for the region’s top cash crop.

According to the latest NASS estimates, released earlier this month,  Texas High Plains growers — which includes Gaines County farmers — are projected to produce more than 5 million bales of upland cotton for the 2017 crop cycle.…

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Northern Gaines County Falls Under ‘Moderate Drought’ Designation

January 11, 2018

“Moderate drought” conditions have made their way into the northern half of Gaines County, according to this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor report, released on Thursday.

Last week, Gaines County was on the cusp of falling under the multi-agency’s lowest drought designation, after being classified as “abnormally dry” for the past several weeks.…

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Weather: 14.22 Inches of Precip. Seen in Seminole in 2017

January 4, 2018

The City of Seminole saw its seventh-driest calendar year since 1997, and saw the 2017 calendar year among the top one-third driest on record, according to weather tabulations observed by the Seminole Sentinel.

According to local weather observer Jean Moffatt, who provides findings to the National Weather Service, the Seminole community had received 14.22 inches of precipitation for the 2017 calendar year, with 0.22 of that total coming in the month of December.…

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Drought Monitor: Gaines on the Verge of ‘Moderate’ Designation

January 4, 2018

Gaines County Emergency Management Coordinator Robert Barrett has been keeping a watchful eye on the deteriorating drought-like conditions over the past several weeks.

And, with no relief in sight — at least in the short-term forecast — a continued practice of closely monitoring the drought conditions will continue to be a part of his regular routine.…

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State Climatologist: Dry Conditions Could Worsen for Much of Texas

December 14, 2017

COLLEGE STATION – October and November were two of the driest Octobers and Novembers on record, and much of the state appears to be facing a continued dry spell through winter, according to the state climatologist.

Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas’ state climatologist, said conditions were excessively dry throughout the typically wet fall months, and dry conditions are expected to continue through the next several weeks at least.…

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Northern Gaines Falls Under ‘Abnormally Dry’ Conditions

December 4, 2017

La Nina is making her presence known within Gaines County and the region, as just 0.55 inches of precipitation  was recorded in the month of November.

Additionally, northeastern portions of Gaines County — according the latest release of the U.S. Drought Monitor report issued on Thursday of last week — showed “abnormally dry” conditions making their way back inside the county’s boundaries.…

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Texas Tribune: As Bayer and Monsanto push for merger, Texas farmers fear rising prices

November 28, 2017

Two of the world’s largest agricultural firms plan to merge, and some Texas farmers fear the move will diminish competition in an already shrinking market and cause prices for seeds and other essential products to spike.

German conglomerate Bayer, a global distributer of seeds best known for its pharmaceuticals like aspirin, hopes to buy Missouri-based agricultural firm Monsanto, which sells agricultural chemicals.…

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‘Abnormally Dry’ Conditions Work Back into Southern Gaines County

October 30, 2017

“Abnormally dry” conditions are beginning to creep into the southern portions of Gaines County, according to the latest report of the U.S. Drought Monitor, which was released on Thursday of last week by a four-agency government cooperative.

According to the weekly report, just over 19-percent of the State of Texas is under some form of drought designation, with 1.74-percent of the state falling under “Moderate Drought” conditions.…

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Deadline for Pasture, Range and Forage Insurance sign-up Nov. 15

October 26, 2017

AMARILLO – Texas landowners who rely on perennial forage to feed their livestock may want to purchase Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance to protect the income potential of these acres, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist in Amarillo, said the U.S.…

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