All Blog Entries by Marilou Torres

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Underground water in Texas Hill Country

For a long while, Texas Hill Country real estate was known for its thriving acreages that were rich in water sources like creeks and springs. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than this, these plots of land were extremely reasonable in price!

But now, land is more expensive than ever with some properties selling for as much as $75,000 per acre.

Gone are the days of finding Hill Country farmland for a budget of $15,000 per acre. Searching for this type of real estate is looking for a unicorn--you’re not likely to find it.

So, why has the land become so expensive?

Well, the answer has to do with groundwater.

  • The Diminishing Supply of Water
  • Digging for Groundwater
  • The Rule of Capture
  • The Texas Aquifers
  • The
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 Located 10 miles southwest of Rocksprings Texas and 73 miles west of Kerrville, Texas; Sunset Hills Game ranch is now available for sale. As a complete, turnkey hunting ranch, the sale of this property includes existing red, fallow, axis, and white tail deer stock. This 140 acre ranch is high fenced to contain the current stock of exotics and native deer. Enjoy views for miles across the rolling terrain from the front porch of the tastefully designed fifteen hundred square foot, three bed, two bath home. Complete and move in ready; Sunset Hills Game Ranch offers solitude, dark skies, and a very comfortable home for your family and friends to enjoy for years to come. Corn feeders, protein feeders, and other ranching equipment will be

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Oak Canyon Ranch | 83 Acre Kerr County TX Ranch for Sale | Texas Premier Ranch Realty

Eight point three miles southwest of Comfort, Texas and one hour from San Antonio, Texas; the eighty three acre Oak Canyon Ranch is now available for sale. Ideal for hunters and families seeking solitude within easy reach of San Antonio, Boerne, Comfort, Kerrville and Fredericksburg; Oak Canyon Ranch offers quintessential Texas hill country settings, views, topography, and sunsets. Enjoy the peaceful solitude of the spring fed lake in the canyon along with views for miles from the hilltop overlooking the ranch and surrounding countryside. As a true Texas hill country sportsman’s paradise, Oak Canyon Ranch is home to numerous species of game including whitetail deer, blackbuck antelope, axis deer, white wing doves, and Rio Grande turkey.

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South: Warmer than normal temperatures dominated the region with departures in west Texas 6-9 degrees above normal. It was a mainly dry week over the area, with just portions of eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas and into Louisiana recording above-normal precipitation with departures of up to 0.50 inches above normal. With the continued dryness in south Texas, some new areas of abnormally dry conditions were added this week with an expansion of moderate drought in far south Texas.


Looking Ahead: Over the next 5-7 days, the eastern United States has the greatest potential for precipitation, with the greatest amounts over the Southeast and into southern Florida. The northern United States also should see precipitation from the northern Rocky Mountains

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Research shows time and time again, whether it is because of profit or pain management, that the earlier you castrate, the better. A Kansas State University study showed that bulls castrated and implanted at an average of 3 months of age weighed 2 pounds more at 7.5 months of age than did the intact bull calves in the same study. At 7.5 months, the bulls were castrated, and then both groups were weighed 28 days later to assess gain. The steers castrated as calves gained 48 pounds, while the bulls that were cut at an average of 578 pounds only gained 33 pounds. That is a lost potential gain of 15 pounds, as these late-castrated bulls had to deal with the stress of healing from surgery. Learn more about how to get the most out of your ranch and raising

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The long standing drought we experienced over the summer of 2018 and in the past several years is slowly fading for most of the state. The creeks and streams are starting to run all over the Hill Country and the rest of Texas. While the drought has left Texas for the most part some of the nation is currently experiencing extreme drought. Check out more on the drought situation nationwide here. 


US Drought Monitor And Summary For January 2019 | Texas Premier Ranch Realty | Texas Hill Country and South Texas Ranches for Sale

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The government has the power to seize land from citizens to build things like schools, roads and border walls although it is required to fairly compensate them. That power is more limited at the local and state level, where officials have enacted policies to protect landowners. Meanwhile, the federal government could feasibly take private land and begin building on it the same day — and pay the property owner later. Learn more about Eminent Domain and this issue here. 

Eminent Domain | Texas Premier Ranch Realty | Texas Hill Country and South Texas Ranches For Sale

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The debate on cattle and its effect on climate change has been an ongoing subject for sometime now, but good news has come for ranchers as researches have debunked the cattle and climate change myth! As ranchers we have all heard that cow burps are destroying the ozone layer or that the gas they release daily is contributing to the demise of our climate, now its time this myth was ditched once and for all.


As our industry zeroes in on topics of sustainability and ways we as beef producers can improve for the better, I continue to beat the same drum--- cattleman and women already do a spectacular job of managing our land and water to produce more beef using fewer resources. Simply stated, beef production isn't just sustainable it's

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Texas Weather Report from the Texas Southwest Cattle Raisers Association.


Fewer planted acres, summer drought and late-season rains caused a significant drop in peanut production around the state, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Emi Kimura, AgriLife Extension statewide peanut specialist, Vernon, said planted peanut acres dropped to 155,000 acres from 275,000 acres in 2017, a 43 percent reduction.

SOUTHWEST: Temperatures were cooler with little to no rain. Some counties needed more rain, while others were hoping to dry out following recent rains. Some counties experienced the first frost of the season. Some pecan harvest was negatively impacted by wet soil, including the sprouting of some pecans. Livestock

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Pricklypear is associated with loss of grazing both from competition and the physical barrier it presents to livestock. Left untreated, pricklypear tends to get worse. University researchers have documented that, during drought, pricklypear density can increase 25 percent to 30 percent each year while other plants decline. At that rate, pricklypear density doubles every three years. On good range sites, access to forage can be 2x to 3x greater in the absence of pricklypear. Learn More about what you can do here. 


What Texas Pricklypear Steals from Your Land | Texas Premier Ranch Realty | Texas Hill Country and South Texas Ranches for Sale

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