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ISSUE DATE: 09/10/2012

Balancing environmentalism and profits works for Texas farmers

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Jimmy and Susan Wedel don't consider themselves "radical environmentalists."

"I'm not a radical environmentalist, I'm a reasonable environmentalist," Jimmy Wedel said. It's that "reasonable environmentalism" that has the Wedels farming 3,700 acres of organic crops--including forage corn--near the Texas-New Mexico border in the southern Texas Panhandle.

A change in production

The Wedel family has been farming near Muleshoe, Texas, for three generations. Up until 1993 the operation was a typical conventional farming operation in the Panhandle with a rotation of cotton, wheat, and corn with a few other crops thrown into the mix.

But one pheasant and her nest changed all that.

Wedel told the story of how one day in the early 1990s his father had been applying a pesticide in a field near their house. As he was driving along he saw a pheasant hen sitting on a nest of eggs. He didn't want to disturb the nest, so he maneuvered around it in the field and continued applying the pesticide.


Ag export coalition opposes amendment to cut MAP funding
Ag groups celebrate U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
Brownback, George conduct trade mission to Germany
Delegating can help your business grow
Economist: Expect 8 percent food price increase in 2013
Examining farmland value data sources for accuracy and reliability
Farm Bill Now coalition pushes for new legislation
Farmers want to stop the flood of federal regulations
FCA Board considers impact of drought on farmers, Farm Credit System
FSA offers wildfire disaster assistance
Holistic Resource Management workshop to be held in Bison
House, Senate urge EPA to adjust ethanol mandate
Iowa Farm Bureau Cookout champion crowned at state fair
Managing low oxygen problems in ponds
NCBA urges EPA not to lower the dust standard
Next Food Dialogues event set for Nov. 15 in New York
NFO: Grain reserve needed
Producers affected by disasters urged to keep good records
Researcher seeks to update fiber recommendation for children
Researchers investigate natural compounds in cranberries
USDA seeks applications for grants
UW ag student barbecue raises money for scholarships, organizations


Agencies measure wheat quality, losses to disease
Aquaculture Field Day set for Oct. 4
Avoid early grazing of wheat
Balancing environmentalism and profits works for Texas farmers
Bob Budd Honored with the Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award
CFC tells story of modern corn farming
Continuing field resistance in western corn rootworm confirmed in Illinois
Effectively scout, manage gray leaf spot
Expert: Irrigation controllers' performance 'inconsistent'
Extended drought could lead to Aspergillus ear rot in corn
Fall Field Day held
Funds available for woodland improvements
Gold: Surviving in a drought market is possible with planning
Iowa Farm Bureau wraps up summer policy conference
Kansas Corn celebrates farmers, educates crowd at state fair
Kansas Workforce Summit set for January 2013
KARL Program names new vice president
K-State Weed Science Team wins regional contest
NDA hosts dry bean seminar in China
Noble director selected as Crop Science Society Fellow
Northwest Oklahoma Women in Agriculture Seminar set for Sept. 18
Noxious Weed Advisory Committee nominations due
Photography contest showcases state's ag heritage
Preventing harvest fires
Protecting ag commodities from pests focus of new resource
Rain delays corn harvest
Research farm will host field day Oct. 5
Scientist finds a greener way to fertilize nursery crops
Shawnee County Corn Test plot tour held
Steve Azar joins Farm American Famous Farmers team
UNL Ag Research Division offers Big Idea Seminars
USDA Undersecretary Michael Scuse visits drought-stricken areas
Wamego named host for Kan. Sampler Festival
Webcast covers 300-bushel corn


American Sheep Industry Association approves budget
Animal Disease Center produces vaccine against FMD
Auction raises $14,390 for Jersey Research Foundation
Awareness key to preventing illness from H3N2
Beef Quality Assurance audit assesses management practices
CDA reminds cattle owners to test herds
Colorado Beef Profit Alliance field day set for Sept. 15
Grazing cattle on harvested corn fields
Heifer sale to benefit Hereford Research Foundation
Kansas Cattlemen hold field day
Kansas Dairy Ingredients breaks ground for Hugoton plant
National Bison Association committed to bison genetics
Oklahoma BQA award winners announced
Optimize cattle health on arrival
Quality Beef by the Numbers may help producers rebuild herds
Ranch manager: Success lies in planning, tracking, evaluating
Rise in export values is good news for livestock feeding industry
RVED 4-H team places second at state livestock judging contest
Shorthorn releases three new value indexes
UNL 'Strengthening the State of Beef' at Husker Harvest Days


Losing mentors
No time like the present


Agricultural science teachers attend academy
Case IH celebrates 25th anniversary of Magnum tractor series
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Life on the Mississippi: Room for everyone
New farm bill now?
Reports approved for crop insurance claims
Score way off the grid
Tour teaches crop protection practices


Aberdeen cattle auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock summary report
Clovis livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Crop conditions vary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Drought conditions deepen
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Grain, soybean bids mixed
Hay harvest wrapping up
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay prices steady
Most of state sees hot, dry weather
Much needed rainfall received
Newell sheep sales report
OKC West livestock market report
Only parts of state receive beneficial rainfall
Parts of state receive rain
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock cattle auction report
Prep for fall wheat, oats planting continues
Rising temperatures across Oklahoma
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock sales report
Spring wheat harvest nearing completion
Springfield livestock market report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Very warm, dry week
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Woodward livestock market report


CRP emergency grazing extended to Nov. 30
Diversity keeps grasslands resilient to drought, climate change
Drought lingers, out-of-state hay required again
Drought spurs interest in grass management
Drought-stricken pastures concern for cattle
Extension offers guidance on grassland restoration
Fire ant quarantines still in effect during hay emergency
Get creative with feeding options
Improving digestibility of corn stover, other feed alternatives
'Life after Drought' is theme of grazing school at MU FSRC
MU FSRC adds drought topics to field day program
NMSU to host Rancher's Roundtable on pasture assessment
Use caution when using treated soybeans for grazing, forage


Burgers: The all-American favorite
Canning, freezing fruits and vegetables safely
Dividing and planting peonies
Empty nesters
Fall Into Agriculture art contest underway
Horticulture tips for September
Identifying ripe melons
Kansas 4-H offering family-friendly activities
Kansas implements quarantine zone to prevent further spread of emerald ash borer
Klamath attractive inside and out
Klamath's attractive facade makes it eye-appealing
Knowledge key to preventing snakebites
Manage prostrate spurge in landscapes
New Mexico 4-H Hall of Fame honors 7 volunteer leaders

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