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Found 10 blog entries tagged as "Texas Hill Country Information".

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 into the

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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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US Drought Monitor And Summary For January 2019 map

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 mostly left Texas, some of the nation is currently experiencing extreme drought.

Check out more on the drought situation nationwide here.

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No Trespassing Sign on Fence for Texas RanchThe 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. 

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Grazing leases are a great way for absentee landowners to generate income from the ranch or farm while not having to worry about running livestock themselves. There are many considerations to factor into a grazing lease and Cari Rincker on Ag Law Today covers a lot of these important factors. View the article and link to the episode here. 


A sheep looking over rise in a meadow in Texas

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The big rains in north-east, north-central, and central Texas have continued from last month with sizable parts of the state receiving 10 inches or more and some parts seeing more than 20 inches. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, September 2018 was the wettest September on record (since 1895) and, at statewide precipitation total of 6.77 inches, the third wettest on record after May 2015 and August 2017. Learn more about the October weather here.


Rain Map of Texas

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Prescribed burning is a management tool widely used by foresters, parks departments, range and wildlife managers, ranchers and other landowners to manage excessive natural fuels under very specific and safe conditions. In the long run, prescribed burning will do more to improve habitat for deer and numerous other wildlife than any other practice. Prescribed burning is also considered the "cheapest, most effective habitat management technique for the Post Oak Savannah region. Learn more about it here. 

Administering a controlled burn in Texas Post Oak Savannah habitat

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A view over wooded hills on Cordillera de Robles Ranch in Texas

Report courtesy of the Texas Association of Realtors®. 

The report linked below covers the entire Texas small land market (small land parcels defined as tracts of 49 or fewer acres). 

Region 7 includes the Texas hill country and begins on page 19 of the document.

Region 6 includes South Texas and begins on page 17 of the document.

Access the Texas Small Land Sales Report here



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Drought conditions throughout much of the state this summer likely will mean lower wildlife numbers this hunting season. Deer, quail and turkey numbers will be affected. Fewer forbs and reduced nutritional value in browse and other food crops along with typical predation are contributing factors. Learn more about hunting conditions for this season here.


A Texas game bird in front of a cactus

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Finally, after 12 years and three attempts, my climbing partner Reg and I were standing on the summit of Kit Carson Peak in southern Colorado.

It was a glorious day. Clear. No wind. One more Colorado 14er marked off the list. All that was left was to glissade down the softening snow field we had climbed in the early morning hours, pack up, and head back to the trail head.

But first, since it was the first time in 2 days we had any cell phone reception; I decided to share the victorious moment with my lovely bride.  (FYI, there is great cell phone coverage when you are standing at 14,000+ feet in Colorado).

Me: “Traci, we made the summit!”

Traci; in a tone that was at once unimpressed, irritated, and smirkingly vengeful: “Great. By the way,

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