The Golden Spread Agri-Business Hour


Listen weekday mornings from 5am-6am for the latest Agri-business news updates with James Hunt, Shannon Gray and Tony Klein. James, Shannon and Tony will keep you informed with Ag news headlines, featured stories, weather news and stock reports concerning Agri-business.

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TWDB Says We Can Expect Wetter Summer

According to the Texas Water Development Board, the Texas Panhandle can expect a wetter than average summer.

TWDB has developed a new methodology to produce its summer rainfall outlook, which includes looking at factors such as soil moisture and pressure within our atmosphere. These factors can be studied in the spring and create, with 70% certainty, a prediction as to whether the summer will be drier than normal or wetter than normal. Dr. Robert Mace says the agency hopes this information will benefit farmers.

"Maybe this information helps them hedge a little bit on their water supply. Might also, if provided this information early enough, could even impact what they plant or, perhaps, when they plant," Dr. Mace said.

Thieves Strike Local Dairy

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association reports more than a thousand Holstein/Jersey cross steer calves have been stolen from a Braum's dairy farm in Follett. If you have information that might help investigators, call TSCRA's Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333. For more details about this case, go here 

Cattle Conference

The Northeast Texas Panhandle Beef Cattle Conference is Friday in Lipscomb at the Wolf Creek Heritage Museum. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and two CEUs are available for pesticide license holders. There is a $10 fee to attend. For what’s on the agenda, go here….


Herbicide-Resistance Videos

One of the biggest challenges for farmers is herbicide-resistant weeds. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has just put out a series of videos to help producers. The four videos cover the resistance issue from the historical to the biological to weed control before and after emergence to new technologies to help manage weeds. To access the videos, go here…


USDA Info On Risk Management Programs

Farmers are faced with some difficult decisions related to their participation in various Farm Bill programs, most notably Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage. Information about PLC, ARC, base reallocation, and yield updates is available here

For more information from the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, cllick here

And for cotton-specific information from the National Cotton Council, go here 

KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour

The KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour is your daily opportunity to hear from agriculture newsmakers from around the region. The program airs Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. on KGNC-AM.

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