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Cotton farmers have never had it easy, and the outlook is not good for producers this year

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From the boll weevil to nickel prices to herbicide-resistant weeds, cotton farmers have never had it easy. This year will be no different.
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A watchful eye is absolutely essential if sorghum producers want to keep sugarcane aphids under control this year

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The best way to find out if sugarcane aphids are spending the winter in your sorghum or on other plants is to go out and look for them, according to Texas AgriLife entomologists, researchers and Extension agents who have studied the tiny insects since they first showed up in numbers in Texas sorghum three years ago.
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Cowboys vs. Flash Boys: Cattlemen’s group believes high-frequency traders the cause of market volatility

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What happens when cowboys meet the Flash Boys? Bad things, according to some in the cattle business.
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Sensored Soil: Devices that monitor soil moisture can help farmers – if the developers can figure out how to make them affordable

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One of the newest things to help farmers manage their operations is making its way from research laboratories and field trials to the farm. Researchers in Texas and other parts of the country have demonstrated that using soil-water sensors and other similar devices can help farmers save water and increase yields, but the next step is getting the technology into farmers’ hands.
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Despite an ailing economy, China’s been buying ‘every kernel of U.S.-produced sorghum they could find’

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Wayne Cleveland, executive director of Texas Sorghum Producers, said at this year’s Bell County Crops Clinic that reports of China’s economic demise have been greatly exaggerated, but the possible consequences of an activist court in California has not.
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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service returns to its roots by establishing new soil health division

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Two years after rolling out a soil health initiative, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has reaffirmed its commitment by creating a new division devoted solely to soil health.
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Targeted Grazing: This may be the perfect time to bring sheep and goats back to Texas rangelands

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Sometimes the best weed eater, in the non-mechanical sense of the word, is livestock — especially goats and sheep, which are sort of the omnivores of the herbivore world because they will eat things no other self-respecting herbivore — i.e., cattle — will eat.
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The Five Freedoms of Animals: AgriLife specialist says it’s time for livestock industry to focus on husbandry as much as it does technology

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What we refer to as animal welfare today went by different names and meant different things in the past. It’s what Dr. Ron Gill remembers as animal husbandry, and it’s what activist groups call animal rights. Animal science is in there somewhere, too.
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AgriLife economist warns the roller coaster ride for beef prices isn’t over yet

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Beef prices have been up — way up — and then down. After a sharp October falloff, they’re back up a little, but the long-term outlook is for beef prices to steadily decline over the next few years, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Agriculture Economist David Anderson.
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Beta-Agonist Found Not Guilty: New research finds that 2013 suspensions of supplements that elevate carcass weights were unfounded

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Cattle fed beta-agonists are no more likely to suffer from Fatigued Cattle Syndrome (FCS) than cattle that haven't consumed the supplement, according to the latest research from Kansas State University in cooperation with Iowa State University, Texas Tech University and others.
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