Low Micronaire in Area’s Harvested Cotton Could Drive Down Pricing for Producers

February 6, 2018

Current estimates by industry insiders have the 41-county Texas High Plains region producing around 5.5 million bales of cotton for the 2017 crop year.

Anticipated to be one of the largest crops ever grown, the 2017 Texas High Plains cotton crop is also contending with an issue caused by late growing season weather conditions, which is driving down per-pound prices for local producers.…

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Perdue Announces USDA’s Farm Bill, Legislative Principles for 2018

February 3, 2018

MIFFLINTOWN, Pa. — Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Pa.

Typically enacted every five years, the U.S. Farm Bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation serves as the primary agricultural and food policy tool of the U.S.…

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AgriLife Research Survey: Triticum a major player in wheat crop diseases

February 3, 2018

AMARILLO – Knowing what diseases are turning wheat fields yellow is half the battle, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Amarillo. And sometimes, there’s more going on than expected.

Dr. Charlie Rush spent the end of the 2017 wheat season conducting a survey of fields exhibiting yellowing.…

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Agriculture’s Massive Impact on U.S. Economy

February 3, 2018

News about a strengthening economy continues to be welcome news to American consumers and workers alike, but few realize the sheer impact that the agricultural sector has on the nation’s overall economic picture.

More than one-fifth of the nation’s economy is linked, directly and indirectly, to agriculture and food production, according to a study commissioned by the International Dairy Foods Association and 21 other trade organizations.…

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Local, Area Drought Conditions Continue to Intensify

February 2, 2018

As Gaines County became fully enveloped under moderate drought conditions, severe drought conditions are slowly creeping southward out of the heart of the South Plains, according to the latest drought update released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Severe and extreme drought conditions expanded vastly in the Texas Panhandle and South Plains regions this past week, with most of the western portions of both regions falling under the severe drought designation.…

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Annual Sandyland Ag Conference Slated for Next Tuesday in Seminole

January 30, 2018

The annual Sandyland Agricultural Conference will be held next Tuesday (Feb. 6) at the Gaines County Civic Building located at 402 N. W. 5th Street in Seminole, according to a press release issued by the Gaines County AgriLife Extension Office on Tuesday.  

Registration for the annual conference will begin at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:25 a.m.…

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Local, State Drought Conditions Intensify

January 26, 2018

Drought conditions intensified slightly within the Gaines County boundaries, as “moderate drought” conditions now incorporate over 90-percent of the local area, according to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report issued Thursday.

With the exception of extreme southwestern Gaines County, “moderate drought” conditions were reported by the multi-governmental cooperative. Texas, as a whole, saw an expansive increase in drought conditions, as now 85.5 percent of Texas’ land areas have now fallen under one of five monitor designations.…

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Gaines Youth Exhibitors Honored for 2018 Livestock Show Participation

January 24, 2018

Over 30 youth exhibitors were honored Saturday morning for their animal exhibits and showmanship skills in association with the 2018 Gaines County Junior Livestock Show, during an awards ceremony held at the Gaines County Civic Center.

Seagraves HS student Carson Millican was named the top overall senior showman while Sabrina Williams was named the overall junior showman.…

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Gaines Co. Junior Livestock Show Judging Capped with 4 Champions Friday

January 24, 2018

Four grand champion animal exhibits were crowned on Friday, in the final day of judging of the 2018 Gaines County Junior Livestock Show, held at the Gaines County Civic Building and Show Barn.

Seminole resident Paige Perryman exhibited the grand champion steer — a Heavyweight European Breed — in judging held Friday morning.…

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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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