Cropland Management Best Practices | Texas Land and Ranch Ownership Resources

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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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Cattle behind a fence on Texas ranch

Every landowner uses their property in a unique way. But one thing is the same across the board: proper fencing around your property is paramount.

Whether you raise livestock, tend crops, host game, or simply live on the land, you need to have proper fencing to enclose the property so everyone and every animal stays safe.

This is a short guide that will help you get started on fencing your Texas property:

Selecting the Right Fence

With so many options, it’s hard to know which type of fencing is the best for you. When selecting the right fence, you need to consider several different factors, including its purpose, cost, and upkeep, just to name a few.

Wood Fencing

wooden fence on texas ranchWooden fencing is a traditional choice that is extremely attractive and

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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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The Incentive Program

NRCS in Texas is making funding available through the agency's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP) for qualified agricultural producers to assist in conservation practices that help to sustain the lands natural resources during drought or assist during recovery. 

Since the drought so severely affects the agricultural production of Texas, NRCS is trying to help sustain the industry that makes up 36% of the producers within the state. 

Not only does NRCS provide an extensive list of counties that it will aid during this drought, but specific crops that they are looking to aid. To apply for aid check out their program here.

 

What a Drought Means for Your Land

Droughts have plagued Texas forever, but

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