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Monthly Archives: August 2011

“Withwater and rain concerns continuing to be headlines, the Living Well With Less Water in Texoma 2011 conference scheduled for Saturday, October 1 seems to be right on target,” says planning committee chairman Mary Berry. Registrations have come in from across Texoma, but with the Labor Day holiday on top of the original early registration deadline, the committee decided to move the deadline back to Friday, September 9. The early registration fee is $40, with the fee increasing to $55 after September 9. No registrations will be accepted after Friday, September 16.

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Last week’s USDA S/D report lowered estimated corn yields to 153 bu/acre, the same as last year. Folks in the fields feel the damage to the corn crop has been even more significant than this lower forecast indicates. The effect that high overnight temperatures had on the developing corn crop was the major concern.

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The Texas 4-H Hippology contest is a unique and challenging aspect of the 4-H Horse Program. This educational project allows 4-H’ers to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired in the Horse Bowl and Horse Judging contests as well as their competency in practical horse management.

The State Competition uses four different phases in which the 4-H’ers express their equine learning through written quizzes, oral presentations and hands-on stations.

The State 4-H Hippology contest was held on Saturday, August 27th, 2011 in Scurry, Texas, at the Scurry Rosser High School cafeteria. There were two age divisions, Junior and Senior. The winning senior team is qualified for the Denver National 4-H Competition in January 2012.

The Wichita County Senior team earned second place with Noel Dillard placing sixth and Larissa placing eighth.

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Todd Baughman has announced that he as accepted a new position with Oklahoma State University’s Institute for Agricultural Biosciences effective on September 30.

He will be Program Support Leader of a new center located at Ardmore, OK.  This center will work closely in tandem with the Nobel Foundation to establish cooperative research and extension programs in agriculture and biobased products in southern Oklahoma.

Dr. Baughman has served producers in north Texas for over 15 years and has been a remarkable asset for the Agricultural Extension Agents in the area. In July, the agents recognized his efforts at the TCAAA annual meeting by honouring him with the distinquished Specialist award for 2011.

“Please join me in extending congratulations to Todd in his new role, I look forward to collaborative work between Texas AgriLife Research and Extension, OSU and the Noble Foundation as this new program develops” stated Associate Department Head & Extension Program Leader Travis Miller.

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USDA’s Friday afternoon Cattle on Feed report showed a 22-percent increase in cattle placed on feed in July compared to a year ago as severe droughts continued to push ranchers into culling their herds and heading for a deeper decline of the beef production market. It was the highest placement total for the month of July since the series began in 1996.

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The CME noted the USDA issued a particularly bullish August supply/demand report as corn and soybean production forecasts were well below the July estimates and on the low end of analysts pre-report guesses. The August report is always highly anticipated as it represents the first attempt to project corn production based on actual field observations.

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Removing antibiotic use from large-scale U.S. poultry farms can result in immediate and significant reductions in antibiotic resistance for some bacteria. This, according to researchers involved in a University of Maryland study published today  in Environmental Health Perspectives. It is the first study to demonstrate lower levels of drug-resistant bacteria on newly organic farms in the United States.

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