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The Golden Spread Agri-Business Hour
Listen weekday mornings from 5am-6am for the latest Agri-business news updates with James Hunt and Tony Klein. James and Tony will keep you informed with Ag news headlines, featured stories, weather news and stock reports concerning Agri-business.
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Planting season for summer crops is drawing near, and it’s a brand new world for agriculture with the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill. To help farmers learn more about what the bill actually says, a number of educational meetings are scheduled around the High Plains region next week. One such event is Wednesday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m. at the AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Amarillo. That event is hosted by National Cotton Council, Texas Cotton Ginners Association and Plains Cotton Growers. Another meeting will take place on Friday, March 21 at 8:30 a.m. at the Amarillo Civic Center. That meeting is sponsored by the Southwest Council of Agribusiness, the Agricultural & Food Policy Center at Texas A&M and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
For a more complete schedule of meetings throughout the area, use the links below:
The winter wheat crop in the Texas Panhandle remains desperate for moisture, and whether the much-hoped-for March rains will come along to rescue the crop remains to be seen. But there does appear to be better prospects for rain later this year. On the KGNC Golden Spread Agribusiness Hour, Steelee Fischbacher of Texas Wheat Producers delivered the encouraging news that the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center is estimating a 50 percent chance of an El Nino developing in the summer or fall. Although that time frame is beyond the point when most of the state’s current wheat crop will have been harvested, Fischbacher said the Center’s outlook is still good news because “summer and fall rains can really help stock up your soil moisture to help with the next crop year.”
A survey of cattlemen by BEEF Magazine shows eagerness to re-grow herds and many ranchers have in fact held back heifers for breeding purposes. But the magazine’s senior editor, Burt Rutherford, said whether we will see efforts to increase the cattle population in the Texas Panhandle this year depends on whether sufficient rain for restoring pasture will come. He noted that cattlemen had also expressed a desire to expand their inventories when a similar survey was conducted a year ago, but the continuation of our drought forced ranchers to abandon those plans last year. Rutherford said that during the first few months of 2013, most of the heifers that had been retained for breeding “wound up in the feedyard somewhere simply because there was no pasture for them to go to.” If a similar scenario plays out again this year, Rutherford said area ranchers who are holding back heifers do have the option to “develop those heifers and sell them as bred heifers to ranchers in other parts of the country that are able to expand and take advantage of a very hot market” for bred heifers and cows.
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.
In addition to bringing you the insights of ag experts from around the High Plains region, our show also offers up-to-the-minute market information, veterinary news, wildlife reports, and features that explore the daily endeavor of those good people – the farmers and livestock producers – who provide us with the food and fiber we all need.
If you are unable to listen to the Agribusiness Hour live, remember you can hear recordings of past programs in podcast form by going here: http://multimedia.kgncam.com/audio/ag.htm