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Farmers fighting wind erosion and continued drought

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – During the first week of April, parts of the North, East, Central and Rolling Plains regions received from 0.5 inch to 2 inches of rain, according the National Weather Service and reports from Texas A&M extension service personnel. 

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Texas Expands Closure of Oyster Harvesting Due to Algae

Texas Business reports: The Texas Department of State Health Services is temporarily closing bays along the Texas coast from Matagorda Bay to Corpus Christi Bay to the harvesting of oysters, clams and mussels because of elevated levels of an algae that can produce a toxin in some shellfish. DSHS previously closed the Galveston Bay system to harvesting effective March 13 for the same reason. Commercial and recreational harvesters should not harvest oysters, clams or mussels from these areas until further notice. 

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DSHS Closes Galveston Bay to Oyster Harvesting

Texas Business reports: The Texas Department of State Health Services is temporarily closing all of the Galveston Bay system to the harvesting of oysters, clams and mussels because of elevated levels of an algae that can produce a toxin in some shellfish. Commercial and recreational harvesters should not harvest oysters, clams or mussels from Galveston Bay until further notice.


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Cotton acres expected to be way up over 2013

Texas Business reports:  COLLEGE STATION – From all indications, 2014 Texas cotton plantings will be a double-digit percentage increase over those in 2013, according to a Texas A&M extension service agronomist. 

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Most peaches, other fruits, probably not damaged by freeze

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – The buds of many peach and other fruit trees were not open enough to be damaged by the latest cold front that stormed through Texas, according to a Texas A&M extension service expert. 

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Crop prospects not good at this time

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Dry topsoil and low subsoil moisture, along with cooler than normal soil temperatures, are having a chilling effect on spring planting, said Travis Miller, Texas A&M extension service agronomist and Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head, College Station. 

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On Border, Flowers an Unlikely Form of Contraband

EL PASO — The flowers that decorate offices, homes and restaurants along the Mexico border have been inspected as closely at border crossings as many door panels and car trunks, well-known hiding places used by drug mules to export heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

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Julián Aguilar for Texas Tribune

West Texas and Coastal Bend ag producers facing challenging conditions

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – The new year has found many Texas farmers and ranchers in West Texas and the Coastal Bend regions facing the same conditions they have experienced over the last three years: drought. 

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Talk of Tighter Flounder, Trout Restrictions Questioned

Catching spotted sea trout and flounder along the Gulf Coast is more than just a point of pride for outdoorsmen in Texas. The pastime attracts sporting fishermen from around the world, part of a renowned saltwater recreational fishing industry that adds $2 billion to the Texas economy each year.


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Neena Satija for the Texas Tribune

Bison Ranching Creating New Challenges, Changes in Texas

Donnis Baggett’s relationship with bison began about the same time his relationship with his wife did.

After he married Beverly Brown in 2004, Baggett sold his cattle ranch and started raising bison with his bride, whose family owned the Lucky B Bison Ranch in Bryan. At the time, it was a fairly novel hobby. Now, the Lucky B is booming, one of many bison ranches in Texas.

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Alex Dropkin for Reporting Texas

Drought further recedes but winter wheat still challenged in some areas

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Drought conditions continued to recede in Texas, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and reports from Texas A&M extension service personnel. 

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New peach varieties available in January for home gardens across Texas

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION — If ever there was a peachy idea for a New Year’s resolution, this is it: plant one of the new varieties of peach or nectarine trees developed specifically for Texas.


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A ‘SNP chip’ will help cotton breeding researchers take giant leap

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Narrow germplasm base and limited technology have made it difficult for cotton researchers to identify specific DNA markers needed to locate genes that confer desirable traits. But that’s no longer the case. 

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Texas pecan crop light but of high quality | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
Texas pecan crop light but of high quality

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—Those who consider pecan pie a -must for Thanksgiving won’t be disappointed this year as the quality of Texas pecans will be high, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

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Lady Bird Johnson bluebonnet ‘bluer than blue’

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – With such deep blue flowers that it was almost named ‘Cobalt,’ the newest Texas Superstar, Lady Bird Johnson Royal Blue bluebonnet, has some other extraordinary features as well, say Texas A&M horticulturists. 

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 More rain spurs wheat planting; slows some cotton harvesting | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
More rain spurs wheat planting; slows some cotton harvesting

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—Though much of the state remained under severe drought, rainfall during the last two weeks shrank the areas of extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and reports from Texas A&M extension service personnel throughout the state. 

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What’s His Major? Genetics, Cotton and Entrepreneurship | aust_txbz,
What’s His Major? Genetics, Cotton and Entrepreneurship
 The U.S. cotton industry generates $25 billion in products and services annually, and Texas farmers produce about 35 percent of the cotton crop. Imagine owning exclusive rights to seeds that yield up to 40 percent longer and thicker cotton. Length and strength are cotton’s two most commercially valuable qualities.

Simon Hiebert, 23, thinks he owns those rights.

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After Federal Change, Border Cattle Industry Struggles

OJINAGA, MEXICO — This remote town on the Texas-Mexico border used to enjoy the distinction of being one of the busiest ports for importing Mexican cattle into the U.S. 

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Most of Texas wins because of tropical storm rain

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – There are always winners and losers from storm systems in Texas, but last week practically everyone in agriculture won, according to a Texas A&M extension service agronomist. 

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Winter Garden vegetable irrigation outlook okay but not great | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
Winter Garden vegetable irrigation outlook okay but not great

Texas Business reports:  COLLEGE STATION—While Hurricane Ingrid has been a terrible, destructive houseguest in eastern Mexico, Texas Winter Garden growers would have welcomed her with open arms, said a Texas A&M extension service horticulturist.

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Texas Reservoir levels poised to reach all-time lows | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
Texas Reservoir levels poised to reach all-time lows

 Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Within two weeks, reservoir water levels could reach an all-time low throughout the state, according to John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas State climatologist in College Station. 

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Don’t chase the moisture with stocking rates

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – “Don’t chase the moisture.”

That’s the advice of a Texas A&M extension service expert to livestock producers who are considering planting winter forages or rebuilding herds at this time in hopes it may rain. 

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South Plains corn and late-planted sorghum doing well | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
South Plains corn and late-planted sorghum doing well

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Thanks to recent rains, South Plains corn is in good shape, as is grain sorghum, according to a Texas A&M extension service expert. 

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Little Valley cotton to make it to harvest | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
Little Valley cotton to make it to harvest

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—While parts of the state have seen some rollback of the worst drought conditions, Lower Rio Grande Valley farmers continue to endure another year of extreme and severe drought, according to Texas A&M extension service personnel. 

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New Restrictions as Edwards Aquifer at Near-Historic Low

With San Antonio’s major water source at near-historic lows and no rain in the forecast, the Edwards Aquifer Authority announced Stage III pumping restrictions for the second time ever. Unless the weather changes, the city may have to soon follow suit and restrict its residents to watering their lawns once every two weeks, which it has never done. 

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Neena Satija for the Texas Tribune

Frequent rains help crops, but drought perseveres | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz.
Frequent rains help crops, but drought perseveres

Texas Business reports:  COLLEGE STATION – All of the state received rain during the last seven days, from 1 inch to 2 inches in most locations, according to the National Weather Service. 

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Irrigated crops on the High Plains ‘all over the map’ | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz
Irrigated crops on the High Plains ‘all over the map’

Texas Business reports:  COLLEGE STATION—Though there have been some recent rains and irrigation pumping is in progress, High Plains corn and cotton is “highly variable,” according to a Texas A&M extension service expert. 

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In Texas, a Push to Show Farmers How to Save Water

DUMAS — Deep in the Texas Panhandle, where the decline of the Ogallala Aquiferhas left farmers fearful for their future, Harold Grall is hoping his field of tiny green corn plants will survive with minimal watering. 

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Grasshoppers break out — but not as many as in 2011 | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
Grasshoppers break out — but not as many as in 2011

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—After a dry winter, as expected, grasshoppers are becoming a problem, but they are not as severe or profuse as they were during the 2011 drought, according to a Texas A&M extension service expert. 

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Wheat producers have another aphid control tool

Texas Business reports: AMARILLO – Producers looking for aphid control in their wheat fields might have a new tool, according to a Texas A&M research study. 

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Dry South Texas agriculture would cost $400 million, 5,000 jobs | brn_har_txbz, elp_txbz, lar_txbz,  mca_edi_miss_txbz,
Dry South Texas agriculture would cost $400 million, 5,000 jobs

Texas Business reports: WESLACO  –  A total lack of irrigation water, whether by drought or international politics, would amount to agricultural losses in South Texas of almost $400 million annually and the loss of almost 5,000 jobs, according to an expert with the Texas A&M Extension Service. 

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Texas rice crop struggles through cooler temperatures, water supply issues | beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, corp_chr_txbz, hou_txbz, vic_txbz,
Texas rice crop struggles through cooler temperatures, water supply issues

Texas Business reports: BEAUMONT – Water restrictions in some parts of Texas and unseasonably cool temperatures that settled in earlier this year have had the state’s rice crop growing in a bit of uncertainty. 

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Focus on Aquifers Urged During Push for Water

As Texas lawmakers say farmers in the Rio Grande Valley are hurting because Mexico is not honoring a treaty on surface water delivery, experts caution that greater attention should be paid to water deep below the surface. 

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Rains help, but drought maintains its stubborn hold | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
Rains help, but drought maintains its stubborn hold

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Is Texas still in a drought? It depends upon where you are and whom you talk to, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and reports from Texas A&M extension service agents across the state. 

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Virginia Firm Finances Austin’s Wheatsville Food Co-op's South Austin Location

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a financial services company that provides banking products to cooperatives nationwide, completed a $4.7 million loan for the Wheatsville Food Co-op in Austin. 

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Hail was the last ‘nail in the coffin’ for some wheat | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
Hail was the last ‘nail in the coffin’ for some wheat

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Recent hail storms in the Northern Plains were the final straw for much of the wheat there, but many areas still have the chance to make decent yields, according to a Texas A&M Extension Service agronomist. 

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Another droughty summer forecast for West Texas | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
Another droughty summer forecast for West Texas

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Though recent storms promised to reset the drought button for a large part of East Texas, the western half of the state will likely see below-normal precipitation from now through August, according to a Texas A&M University climatologist. 

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In Texas, Add Drought to Beekeepers’ Woes | aust_txbz, dal_ftw_txbz, Jeffrey Pettis, colony collapse disorder,
In Texas, Add Drought to Beekeepers’ Woes

Beekeepers in Texas are hopeful that a late-blooming wildflower crop will be enough to keep their colonies alive, despite predictions of intensifying drought conditions that have taken a toll on the bee population in recent years. 

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After West Disaster, Little Discussion on Soil Issues
As the catastrophic fertilizer plant explosion in West continues to elicit debate about regulation, one factor that hasn’t been discussed as much is the soil of Central Texas.  
 
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Scorching Cactus and Hauling Water, Ranchers Try to Survive Drought | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
Scorching Cactus and Hauling Water, Ranchers Try to Survive Drought

One of the state’s worst droughts in decades has been particularly hard on its iconic ranching business, with the barren land leading to increased costs to feed cattle. In Starr County, at the southern tip of the state, Texas Agrilife Extension agent Omar Montemayor can’t give the ranchers money or rain, but he is teaching them ways to keep their herds healthy.


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Hannah Jones for Reporting Texas

Not much freeze-damaged wheat likely to be replanted to cotton | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,
Not much freeze-damaged wheat likely to be replanted to cotton

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Texas cotton planting intentions may be affected by the replanting to cotton of freeze-damaged wheat acreage, but a Texas A&M extension service expert doesn’t expect the change to be significant on dryland wheat acres. 

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Sale of Longhorns Sparks Debate on Breed's Future | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz,

Sale of Longhorns Sparks Debate on Breed's Future

The resilient longhorn, able to survive on sparse foliage and water, has endured in Texas for more than 100 years. But the recent sale of about 100 longhorns by theTexas Parks and Wildlife Department has spurred debate about the breed’s future in the state.


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DSHS Issues Fish Consumption Advisory for Texas Coastal Waters

Texas Business reportsThe Texas Department of State Health Services has issued an advisory warning people not to consume or to limit consumption of certain fish caught in all waters off the Texas coast due to unsafe levels of mercury. 

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Bee swarms, some low insect populations may be drought related

Texas Business reports:  COLLEGE STATION—Drought and up-and-down temperatures are affecting insect behavior – everything from honeybee behavior to delayed emergence of pests, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. 

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South Texas Irrigation District Almost Tapped Dry

After each day without rain in Texas, Troy Allen's dread of the first week of June grows. 

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What Went Wrong in West, Texas — and Where Were the Regulators?

A week after a blast at a Texas fertilizer plant killed at least 15 people and hurt more than 200, authorities still don’t know exactly why the West Chemical and Fertilizer Company plant exploded.


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Jack Frost continues to take bites out of Texas wheat | abil_txbz, amar_txbz. aust_txbz, beau_pta_txbz, brn_har_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,  dal_ftw_txbz, elp_txbz, hou_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, lar_txbz, lngv_txbz, lub_txbz, mca_edi_miss_txbz, mid_txbz, odes_txbz, sanang_txbz, sanant_txbz, shrm_den_txbz,  txrkn_txbz, tyl_txbz, vic_txbz, wac_txbz, wicfal_txbz
Jack Frost continues to take bites out of Texas wheat

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—The damage to the wheat crop in the Panhandle, Southern Plains and Rolling Plains regions from the last bout of freezing weather was not uniform, but losses were “significant,” according to a Texas A&M extensionservice agronomist. 

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Hidalgo County Preparing for Surge in Produce Trucks

Each year, just before they reach the United States border, thousands of truck drivers hauling produce from western Mexico to southern Texas stop in the city of Reynosa to lighten their loads. 

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Aman Batheja of the Texas Tribune

Outlook for peaches and other fruit crops good thanks to colder weather | colsta_bry_txbz,

Outlook for peaches and other fruit crops good thanks to colder weather

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – Because of a mild early winter, it was touch-and-go for Texas fruit crops for a while, but everything now looks just peachy, according to a extension service expert. 

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Cotton plantings predicted down by 25 percent | cotton
Cotton plantings predicted down by 25 percent

Texas Business reports:  COLLEGE STATION – Texas cotton planting is expected to be down by as much as 25 percent from last year, according to a Texas A&M state cotton specialist. 

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Organic rice research moves to front burner | colsta_bry_txbz, Fugen Dou, rice,
Organic rice research moves to front burner

Texas Business reports:  COLLEGE STATION—Organic rice studies have moved to the front burner with almost $1 million in federal grants to Texas A&M research scientists. 

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Farmers markets driving tomato research | mca_edi_miss_txbz, tomatoes,
Farmers markets driving tomato research

Texas Business reports: WESLACO  –  The emergence of farmers markets in the Lower Rio Grande Valley has led to new research that shows planting dates affect the productivity of organic tomatoes, according to an expert at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. 

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TAMU Signs Agreement To Provide Food and Water Safety Consulting To Qatar

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION—A Texas university is working with a Middle Eastern Country on how to keep its food and water safe.


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Food deserts in Houston become oasis for residents   | hou_txbz, USDA, food desert,
Food deserts in Houston become oasis for residents

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Deserts around the world are known to be places devoid of vegetation and with little to no chance to produce any. 

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Texas Citrus Production
Texas Citrus Production
Texas Business reports: Texas grapefruit production is forecast at 5.28 million boxes for the 2012-2013 season, up 10 percent from last year's production of 4.80 million boxes.  All orange production is estimated at 1.51 boxes, up 6 percent from last year's production of 1.42 million boxes.  Full Story »
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University peanut breeding program offers new varieties   | lub_txbz, lub_txbz, colsta_bry_txbz, abil_txbz, wac_txbz,
University peanut breeding program offers new varieties

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M research peanut breeding program has been busy, releasing four new varieties in the past two years to meet producers’ needs, according to the breeders. 

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Texas Tech Ag Economics Team Unveils New Analysis Tool for Cattle Producers

Texas Business reports:  During the past three years, an impressive problem-solving computer program called the Stocker Cattle Analysis Tool slowly evolved in the academic recesses of several agricultural economists’ offices across the nation. Now, it’s ready to roll out the gate at no cost to cattle producers.


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Large cotton supplies, weather will weigh heavily in 2013   | supply, demand,
Large cotton supplies, weather will weigh heavily in 2013

Texas Business reports:  COLLEGE STATION—Record-high carryover stocks of cotton and future weather patterns are just a few factors affecting cotton prices heading into 2013, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. 

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