Agriculture and Outdoor

Texas Outdoor Annual to go All-Digital

Special to The Hesperian-Beacon AUSTIN— In the latest change driven by the current public health situation, the Texas Outdoor Annual Hunting, Fishing and Boating Regulations will be going all-digital for the upcoming hunting and fishing license season, starting when licenses go on sale on Aug. 15. Due to the economic impacts of the virus, the…

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USDA adds Digital Options to apply for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Special to The Hesperian-Beacon— WASHINGTON, June 25, 2020 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency will now accept applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) through an online portal, expanding the options available to producers to apply for this program, which helps offset price declines and additional marketing costs because of the coronavirus pandemic. FSA is…

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Grain Elevators Await Harvest…

By Yelena Serrato /The Hesperian-Beacon— SANDHILL—Grain elevators dot the landscape standing ready to receive the harvest before the grain is shipped to mills and refineries and ultimately made into various products that end up in many kitchens. And that stop at the grain elevator, such as the ones located in Muncy and Sandhill, owned by…

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The Bug Lady

By Dagan Teague/IPM Agent / Floyd/Crosby Counties— I stepped into the field in Cone June 8 with thoughts of false chinch bug damage taking out some acres of cotton seedlings. It will take a very large amount of false chinch bugs to cause this type of damage and is kind of rare in these parts,…

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Wind energy continues to benefit rural America

By Lu Nelsen/Center for Rural Affairs— In 2019, the U.S. reached a landmark in its wind energy capacity when 100 gigawatts — or enough to provide electricity for about 32 million homes — were produced, according to a report from the American Wind Energy Association. Reaching that milestone came after significant expansion. Wind energy made…

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June 30 last day to complete enrollment for 2020 Agriculture Risk Coverage

Special to The Hesperian-Beacon— WASHINGTON, D.C. – Agricultural producers not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2020 must do so by June 30. Although program elections for the 2020 crop year remain the same as elections made for 2019, all producers need to contact their local…

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Texas cotton farmers adjusting in wake of court ruling on dicamba

By Kay Ledbetter/Special to The Hesperian-Beacon— The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service stands ready to advise producers on agronomic alternatives and options in the wake of a June 3 ruling from the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to immediately vacate the registrations of three dicamba products, Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia. Approximately 80%…

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Snake season is here

By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon— FLOYD COUNTY – With the warmer weather, everyone is wanting to find something to do outdoors. However, warmer temperatures also means snakes are on the move. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, most snakes found in Texas are harmless, but residents should always be careful. Common garden snakes in West Texas…

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Wheat harvest is in full swing at Producer’s Elevator

                By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon— FLOYDADA – Wheat crops beginning to arrive at Producer’s Elevator are looking good, according to local officials. “This year’s wheat crops that are coming in have really been good,” said Seth Stephens, Producer’s manager. “The weights are better than we thought they would…

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