Agriculture

Lake Creek will host tournament

From The News-Courier staff— MUNDAY—The Lake Creek Golf Club will host a field of 54, three-person teams this weekend in the annual Lake Creek three-person scramble event. Morning and afternoon shotgun starts are planned Saturday. Then the teams will be split into four flights with the second and third divisions playing Sunday morning and the…

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USDA reminds producers about acreage reports

KNOX CITY—Agricultural producers in Knox County must complete crop acreage reports by the July 15 deadline. Nancy Birkenfeld, county executive director with USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), said the deadline applies to grass, CRP and all Spring-seeded crops. “To make sure you’re eligible for many USDA programs, you need to file an accurate crop acreage…

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Pet Talk

Reverse sneezing not harmful Snorts, yips, growls and groans —dogs make a variety of sounds that can entertain or worry their owner, depending on the circumstance. Though owners who have concerns about the health of their pet should always consult a veterinarian, Dr. Lori Teller, an associate professor in the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary…

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Recent rains help in Rolling Plains… Hot, dry summer predicted

From Texas A&M AgriLife— Despite rains in parts of Texas and more in the immediate forecast, summer 2020 looks like it will be especially dry and hot for most of the state, according to a Texas A&M Forest Service expert. Brad Smith, Texas A&M Forest Service Predictive Services department head, said much of the state looks vulnerable to drought…

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Researcher’s innovative breeding strategies creating higher corn yield

By Kay Ledbetter— As the human population booms, we hear the term “sustainable food supply” a great deal. One Texas A&M AgriLife researcher’s efforts to make corn production, whether for human or livestock consumption, more sustainable has earned him national recognition. Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder Seth Murray, Ph.D., is the Eugene Butler Endowed Chair in the Department of…

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Early summer drying

Wildfire activity increasing earlier than normal By Texas A&M Forest Service— Drought conditions in the western High Plains and South Plains and early drying across the state have led to an early start to the summer wildfire season. Most of the state is trending three to four weeks ahead of typical early summer drying. Fire…

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Wind power critical part of Texas energy landscape

Special to The News-Courier AUSTIN—Texas continues to outpace the nation in corporate wind deals, with 39 percent of all power sold to corporate buyers, according to the recently released 2019 Wind Powers American Business Report. The report reveals that corporate customers bought a record amount of wind in 2019, 4,447 megawatts (MW) of U.S. wind…

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Extension agents assist organizations

By James McAfee/The Knox County News-Courier— BENJAMIN—Knox County Extension agents Jerry Coplin and Lorrie Coop are serving as liaisons to school districts, municipalities and county governments to help each understand, acquire and administer federal assistance available through the Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or…

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Dicamba ruling creates problems for cotton producers

By Kay Ledbetter 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 percent of the state’s cotton has been…

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Beef course going virtual

By Kay Ledbetter COLLEGE STATION—The annual Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is going virtual this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. While it may be hard to ‘virtually’ eat the famous prime rib dinner associated with the event, the educational aspect will still be provided as it has been for the past 65 years to…

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