Crop News and Information

The business of raising food is an always changing business, and information comes and goes quickly. With so many different aspects to this important industry, it is very easy to miss relevant updates. Here you can find different news and market updates to the crop industry.

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Although some farmers take a much-needed vacation during the winter season, others are busy preparing for the busiest time of the year. Between winter-proofing equipment, harvesting cool-weather crops, transferring crops to cold storage, and checking irrigation systems, there is a never-ending list of things to do on the farm during the colder months.

When Old Man Winter hits, farmers must take certain precautions during the cold season. From sporting the right cold weather gear in subzero temperatures to ensuring that crops and livestock are able to withstand the brutal cold, a little preparation can make all the difference to your safety, productivity, and crop yield.

Know When the First Frost Arrives

To keep plants thriving in the

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The depletion of groundwater sources in parts of the United States High Plains is so severe that peak grain production in some states has already passed, according to new research.

An international team of scientists, including experts from the University of Delaware, has extended and improved methods used to calculate peak oil production to assess grain production in three U.S. states: Nebraska, Texas and Kansas.

They related the levels of water extraction from the Ogallala aquifer, one of the largest underwater reservoirs in the world, over the past five decades, to the amounts of grain harvested in each state and used this model to predict future trends. Their results were published in Proceedings of the National Academy of

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Anyone who lives or wants to reside in the country knows there are clear-cut benefits to rural living. The beauty of nature’s flora and fauna is usually at the top of the list for those who choose country splendor.

But rural living also is also one of the most cost-effective and safest investments a homeowner can make. Consider the hidden benefits, less obvious than the gorgeous creek or fall foliage in your backyard.

Here are six ways going rural will save you money:

1) Now HOA/CDD Fees

Rural homeowners usually pay no Homeowner Association or Community Development District fees unlike most of their city counterparts. The U.S. Census Bureau reports the average annual dues for a homeowners association is $396.

2) Lower Taxes

Taxes are

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Do you dream of starting your own hobby farm or homestead?

Perhaps you’d like to try your hand at farming as your sole business or side business to help support your family.

If this sounds like you, then you’ll want to familiarize yourself with one of the hottest, fastest-growing trends in farming: the multi-billion dollar business of sustainable agriculture.

With genetically modified crops banned in upwards of 26 countries, and the health and environmental consequences of pesticide-based farming becoming impossible to deny, more and more farmers are turning to progressive, holistic, and common-sense methods of sustainable farming.

But what makes a farm sustainable? And how does a person begin to learn the ins and outs and dos and don’ts

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The Numbers 

2020 is set to have the highest annual income for farms since 2013 when the market peaked at $139.1 billion. Following that year, the market crashed and this upcoming year is expected to have the first upturn in profit since. This year, it is projected that US farms will bring in a total of $96.7 billion, a 3.3% rise from last year. 

Though this gap between 2013 and now seems large, if this prediction is correct the net income would be $5.1 billion more than the average from 2000 to 2018. Steady growth in the farm industry is a very good thing at this point following 2014’s market decline.

Since Texas provides a massive proportion of United States agriculture, this is great news for Texas landowners who farm or for those who

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In the past century, cotton acreage in the United States has fluctuated immensely. From 46 million acres set aside for cotton in 1925, to only 10.8 million acres in the mid-eighties, the amount of cotton within the United States has definitely seen its ups and downs. 

As of 2019, there were approximately 14 million acres across the country dedicated to cotton, about 6 million of these acres within Texas alone. Now though, there is a fear that in the upcoming years cotton acres will begin to plummet.

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How big of a decline will that be?

Professor John Robinson, who teaches at Texas A&M University and specializes in cotton marketing, has predicted a decline of 2 or even 3 million acres within the next year. This would bring the size of the

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The Australia Bushfires, which have been raging since November with unprecedented destruction, have encompassed an area in Australia approximately equal to the size of South Korea. Not only is the destruction of wildlife, and property absolutely devastating from these fires, but the effects that the fires will have on the Agriculture business could be detrimental to that portion of Australia’s economy.

Each year there is a season of wildfires in Australia which usually extend through the Summer and Fall months. These fires beginning in November are highly unusual as well as the ferocity in which these fires have been spreading. At least two dozen people have been confirmed dead and more are missing as the fires continue raging. So far, roughly 25.5

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Recently, some big news has been revealed on the ranch real estate front.

The biggest ranch on sale in Texas and one of the biggest ranches in the United States has just been put on the market.

Brewster Ranches in West Texas

This West Texas ranch, called Brewster Ranches, spans over 420,000 consecutive acres. The owner and seller, Brad Kelley has spent over two decades buying nearby ranches to create this massive property. From the edges of the beautiful Rio Grande River and stretching to canyons near Big Bend National Park, this gigantic piece of land comes from 22 previous properties that Mr. Kelley consolidated. 

For Sale: One Ranch, Or Five?

Though the ranch is listed for $320 million, the owner has said that he is willing to

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A hunting lease is an agreement between a landowner (the lessor) and someone who wants to use that land for hunting (the lessee). Hunting lease agreements can cover many details, including what animals can be hunted, how they can be hunted, the duration of the lease, hunting times, and provisions for other uses, like camping, fishing, and transport.

Hunting lease prices are determined by a range of factors, including the are of the land to be hunted, the quality of the area for hunting, and the number of hunters included in the lease.

Hunters often prefer to lease private land for hunting because it allows for a more controlled hunting experience. Less competition with other hunters (which might be expected on public land) means a higher quality

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Cotton being harvested seen from the air

Pat Pilgrim knows a thing or two about scales of efficiency. Taking his father Bo Pilgrim's (of Pilgrim's Pride) model of vertical integration production from chicken farming to cotton ginning, Pat's PPF Gin in Cooper, Texas is bringing life back to the cotton production in the northeast land market region. 

Here's the big takeaway from the "Turning Soil, Northeast Texas Croplands Evolve" article from the Texas A&M Real Estate Center's Erin Kiella, John, Robinson, and Charles E. Gilliland:

"Pilgrim's program offers contracted growers a predetermined price for cotton while providing planting seed, fertilizer, other chemical inputs, agronomic consulting, picking/hauling, ginning, and warehousing services. According to Texas A&M AgriLife

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