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Monthly Archives: December 2012

The third installment of the four-part series for horse owners who want more information on how to care for mares will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8 at the Multi Purpose Events Center in Wichita Falls.

Dr. Tina Anderson, a nutritionist with Purina will cover the “Nutrition and Care of the Lactating Mare and Foal”.

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The 2012 Census of Agriculture forms will be mailed to over three million U.S. agricultural producers during the last week of December. In Texas, about 375,000 census forms are being mailed out. The mailing includes all known farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers, plus a large number of potential agricultural producers.

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The Backyard Basics series is a program is for Texoma families interested in developing their property for beauty and utility- including growing some of their own food. Throughout 2013, the series will cover backyard poultry, critters, vegetables, herbs, food preservation, butterflies, rainwater harvesting, backyard cooking and bar-b-que.

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This year’s Wichita County Pecan Show featured 19 entries from ten area growers and sent six samples to the regional show in Kerrville.

The Central Texas Regional Show was held on December 12, 2012 with 182 entries.

A single Wichita County win came on an entry from Jake Montz in the Mohawk class with a weight of 136.84 grams and 55.7 percent edible kernel.

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The 2012 Census of Agriculture forms will be mailed to over three million U.S. agricultural producers during the last week of December. In Texas, about 375,000 census forms are being mailed out. The mailing includes all known farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers, plus a large number of potential agricultural producers.

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The daily livestock report from CME notes US cattle prices moved higher this week even as concerns linger about ability of beef prices to sustain significantly higher price points in Q1 of 2013. The gains in cattle prices inpart reflect higher cutout values but also continued appreciation in the value of drop credits and generally higher prices paid in export markets. Those gains do not show up if one looks at just the cutout but make up a considerable portion of the profits for packers today.

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The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates were released this morning by USDA.

WHEAT: Projected U.S. wheat ending stocks for 2012/13 are raised 50 million bushels reflecting lower prospects for exports again this month. Projected exports are lowered 50 million bushels reflecting the slow pace of sales and shipments to date and higher expected competition from foreign supplies. U.S. exports are projected 45 million bushels lower for Hard Red Winter wheat, 10 million bushels lower for Soft Red Winter wheat, and 5 million bushels lower for Hard Red Spring wheat. White wheat exports are raised 10 million bushels. The projected 2012/13 season-average farm price for all wheat is lowered 10 cents at the midpoint and the range is narrowed to $7.70 to $8.30 per bushel.

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