Feral hogs create an ever-increasing problem for land owners and managers by uprooting soil and plants, plus damaging water quality and wildlife habitat.
The popular grass-fed beef conference is scheduled May 30-31 and will provide a comprehensive look at grass-fed beef production and marketing opportunities in Texas, according to organizers.
I remember the first time I went hog hunting. I had a buddy in high school who had some land in town, and he called and said there was a litter of hogs that we were going to go after. I grabbed a gun, we gathered two other friends, and set out. It didn't take us too long before we found the …
SAN ANTONIO -- The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present "Owning Your Piece of Texas: Agricultural Laws Texas Landowners Need to Know" on June 7 in San Antonio.
We get quite a few questions each year on the feasibility and profitability of fertilizing native grass. Long-held wisdom states that it is not profitable to fertilize native grass. With that in mind, I conducted a research trial in 2008-09 to study the issue.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has published online the 2018 Texas Agricultural Custom Rates survey of regional and state rates charged for custom agricultural operations.
Cattle breeders have used genetic selection tools to change the majority of the major breeds significantly. Producers want to increase productivity and longevity of their herd to increase profitability.
Blackberry and dewberry are closely related, but they are very different in growth habits and physical characteristics. Dewberry exhibits a low, vine-like, trailing growth habit that forms mats that are rarely taller than 2 feet above the ground. Blackberry typically has an upright rambling …
AMARILLO -- Two new wheat varieties have been announced by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the TAM Wheat Improvement Program, according to Jackie Rudd, AgriLife Research wheat breeder in Amarillo.
I did something I've never done before this year at the annual TSCRA convention: I lost my entire booth. I set it up fine, and all was great during the show, but when I went to pick it up the next day, it was gone.
Northern bobwhite quail are found in all areas of Texas except in the western one-third of the state. Hunting Northern bobwhite is a favorite pastime and even nonhunters enjoy watching the birds and hearing the male’s familiar mating whistle, “poor-bob-white,” during spring and summer.
Spring is arriving after a fairly wet winter, a perfect environment for bumper weed crops. Now is the time to plan a weed control program that will provide results, not failures. In the following discussion, a weed is considered a plant out of place. In that context, a weed is a broad-leaf h…
It is the time of year here in Texas where the roadsides are awash in the reds and blues of wildflowers. It is also the time of year when parents brave the fire ants, speeding highway traffic, rattlesnakes and litter of all kinds, to plop their children in a bluebonnet patch and get the perf…
Cattle, other ruminants, and horses require roughage through grazing or provision of hay. In an ideal world, there would always be green fields of grass to graze. More often than not, most producers require hay to provide the necessary roughage and nutrition.
SONORA -- The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Sutton and Crockett counties will present a Texas Invasive Species Workshop on April 17 at the Sutton County Civic Center, 1700 N. Crockett Ave. in Sonora.
DUMAS -- A Multi-County Beef Conference will be hosted April 17 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at the Moore County Community Building, 1600 S. Maddox Ave. in Dumas.
AUSTIN -- It's not as dire as the farm crisis seen in the 1980s, but ongoing trade uncertainty coupled with low commodity prices and rising interest rates has created challenging times for agricultural producers across Texas and the entire the United States, according to experts.
Success and long-term viability for most agricultural enterprises ultimately hinges on the health of their soil. This is true for beef operations in the Southern Great Plains to row crop farms in the Midwest.
UVALDE -- Researchers at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde have completed two more studies -- both focusing on soil amendments and variety adaptation -- related to the viability of organically-grown artichokes as a commercial crop in Texas.
BUSHLAND -- Scientists within The Texas A&M University System are testing new technologies at a feedlot in the Texas Panhandle to find ways to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock and provide consumers with a healthy meat supply.
Sushil Paudyal, assistant professor of dairy science in Texas A&M University's department of animal science, plans to reinvigorate the dairy program in College Station.
The Texas wine industry has an estimated overall economic impact of $13.1 billion to the state. To support this growing industry, now the fifth-largest in the U.S., the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service employs a cadre of viticulture and enology experts providing educational outreach,…
In Texas, a good deal of agricultural land is leased out to tenants who either farm or raise livestock on the land. Recently, I've received a number of questions from agricultural tenants related to their rights in the event some portion of the leased property is impacted by eminent domain.
A large number of Land and Livestock Post readers ranch in the Blackland Prairies Ecoregion, so it is appropriate to discuss introduced forage options suitable for the area. The northern tip of the Texas Blackland Prairies Ecoregion is at the Texas-Oklahoma state line north of Dallas. It ext…
The Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth is the last weekend of this month and offers a great opportunity to catch up on the latest beef cattle production techniques.
KERRVILLE -- Whether operating a working ranch or engaging with the general public through tourism endeavors, landowners are faced with a number of legalities that can affect their business.
I have a theory that no one actually likes Scotch. I, tried to make myself like it, I thought I would be sophisticated and cultured if I enjoyed a nice Scotch every now and again. I bought a bottle, and drank a small glass over ice. I did this every day after work for about two weeks and alm…
The Texas Land Trends project of Texas A&M's Natural Resources Institute has published a special series report describing Texas landowner participation in land conservation easements and their value to agricultural production, water and wildlife.
When it comes to keeping cows fat and happy, the newest available science shows integrating native grasses into grazing lands is a good option for agricultural producers.
FORT WORTH -- From fence laws to utilizing new technologies to manage beef cattle herds, Texas A&M AgriLife experts will share the latest at the 2019 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention March 29-31 in Fort Worth.
Prices for most cull cows recently hit their lowest point since 2009, even as Texas’ beef cattle numbers continue to increase slowly, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.
As we head into March, a lot of you, myself included, are gearing up for the annual Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers convention. This will be my 17th one. I always have a lot of fun at these things. There are many clients and associates that I rarely get to see, and this convention pr…
Temple -- The first funding deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program is March 15, according to the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas.
WACO -- Growing demand in developing markets will help fuel optimism for Texas grain producers this growing season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.
Heifer development should be considered one of the easiest management components of your cow-calf herd. You're not pushing her for gain, she is not nursing a calf yet, she doesn't tear up fences and equipment like a herd bull, and you're just coasting her to a target breeding weight. Heifer …
During the dormant season, we often get anxious for warm weather and green pastures so we start thinking about renovation. Renovation is a practice or series of management practices which "restores the vigor" or "makes new again." In pasture management, renovation refers to improvement of a …
SAN ANGELO -- Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist Charles Allen retired last week after three decades of service to the agency.