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ISSUE DATE: 09/13/2010

Limiting irrigation can still result in profitable crop

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Profitability in corn production in the Texas Panhandle requires planning and efficient use of a most precious resource--the Ogallala Aquifer.

This vast underground reservoir supplies the pivot irrigation that in turn grows the corn and other crops that fuel the Panhandle economy. And, in town halls from Amarillo to Stratford, urban community members and farmers are having discussions over the wisest and most efficient use of this limited resource.

Agriculture is vital to the economy of the Panhandle region. In a recent study from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Tech University, researchers found highly irrigated land can produce $240 per acre more than minimally irrigated and $482 per acre more than dryland. This corresponds to about 7,300 jobs across the Texas High Plains that would be lost converting irrigated acres to dryland production, and a net loss of $1.616 billion.

That's $2 billion dollars gone from the economy of the Texas High Plains if irrigation wells are cut off. It's enough to make cities and farmers pay attention.


NEWS

Agriland offers hands-on opportunities to learn about ag
AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agents recognized
Bexar AgriLife Extension agent transfers to Callahan County
BLM meeting to discuss national monument designation
Chambliss reviews 2008 farm bill implementation
Developing better plants for bioenergy
EPA banning pesticide that threatens farm workers
Farm banks meet growing credit demand in 2009, which bodes well for 2010
Nebraska Farmers Union supports reform of ag markets
Plan for electrical demand when building a farm shop
Recent egg recall may benefit small producers
USDA appoints Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
Willie Nelson, Farm Aid point to family farms as critical to U.S. economic recovery
Wyoming AgrAbility project coordinator begins

CROPS

Aflatoxin testing methods anongoing issue in Central Texas
Ag center focuses on sorghum improvement
AgriLife Extension to offer small-acreage landowner series
Benefits of DDGS in poultry rations
Cotton Incorporated releases annual report
Despite heat, record Kansas corn crop likely
Feeding wheat to pigs
Field day held at East Central experiment station
Garden City Farm & Ranch Show dates set for 2011
Limiting irrigation can still result in profitable crop
MU Extension to host herbicide workshop, spray demonstration
Nebraska Soybean Board promotes U.S. beef, pork in Japan
Nebraska Wheat Board elects new leaders
Nitrogen management for high yield and protein in winter wheat
South Texas Commodity Symposium to be held in San Antonio
Survey shows acreage increase for 2011 crops
Training covers best practices for specialty crop producers
Tropical storm remnants delay Ark. harvest
UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture celebrates 100 years
USDA issues Final Rule for Conservation Stewardship Program
Wheat quality is pleasant surprise
Work remains on wheat's genetic code

LIVESTOCK

Animal researchers warn of animal virus threat
ASI approves 2010-2011 budget
Canadian cattle enjoy red wine with their feed
Connecting a segmented industry
Find your niche for beef farming success
Horsemen's town meetings set for September
Kansas Angus Field Day set for Oct. 2
Learn to optimize profits at Beef Stocker Field Day
Livestock sale brings in nearly $360,000 for youth
Missouri Steer Feedout entry deadline is Oct. 10
Mo., Premium Standard reach deal on hog odor issue
MU Wurdack Farm field day set for Oct. 8
NDA alerts horse owners about Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis
Pasture flies are abundant but manageable
Raising backyard chickens
Runaway cow calls attention to Arizona's open range law
Show cattle clinic, judging contest set for Nov. 6
Southwest Missouri Cattlemen will host 'Four-Mile Tour'
The power of lean beef
USCA participates in competition workshop roundtable
Wyoming woman's alpaca herd breeds big business

EDITOR

Bury the death tax
Is it time to look at stewardship payments as a means of supporting ag?
The days of fall

COLUMNS

Drought is most complex trait for Pioneer researchers
EPA halts use of Temik in citrus, potatoes
Furnaces, boilers utilize used oil for heat
In other agribusiness news...
Just a scoop full
MF tractors to feature new engines
Pfizer, AABP award veterinary scholarships
Survey shows consumers, growers have positive views of farm stewardship
The search for a better safety net continues
The strings that connect us
You fried what on a stick?

MARKETS

2010 fall harvest under way
Aberdeen livestock auction report
Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Alfalfa conditions rated very poor to excellent
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Bids higher except wheat
Clovis Livestock Auction
Clovis livestock auction report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dalhart livestock cattle report
Denison feeder cattle auction
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap livestock sales report
Ericson livestock auction report
Fall harvest begins ahead of average
Frost returns to parts of Wyoming
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Hay movement light in some trading areas
High Plains slaughter auction report
Joplin regional cattle sales
Kansas hay trade slow
Lower than average rainfall seen
McAlester livestock auction report
McAlester livestock auction report
North Arkansas livestock sales report
Ogallala livestock auction report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Some areas could use rain for wheat seeding
Springfield livestock sales report
St. Onge livestock auction report
Summer storms are hit or miss
Summer weather fading
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Weather advances crop maturity
West Plains regional cattle sales
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wheat seeding continues, some emerging already
Wheat seeding gains momentum
Woodward livestock auction report
Woodward livestock market report
Wyobraska cattle sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

AgriLife Extension to offer landowner stewardship series
Bermuda, fescue pasture fertilization means winter feed savings
Burning invasive juniper trees boosts perennial grass recovery
Controlling pasture weeds
Drought may cause livestock to graze toxic plants
Grazing school will be in Bois D'Arc
Hay production losses
Hay storage cost analyzer available
Low supplies of high-quality hay a problem in some areas
Manage 'waste areas' for timber
Managing fall alfalfa cuttings delivers quality spring growth
Managing pastures during dry weather
Ranch Management University program scheduled Oct. 12 to 15
Ranch Management University scheduled Oct. 12 to 15
Some forages are a potential risk for livestock
Storing hay safely
Study shows aeration does little to increase bromegrass yields
Winter feeding and pasture options

FAMILY

Alva FFA, 4-H members learn valuable skills at summer camp
Children languish in 'food deserts' amid plenty
Composting workshop is Sept. 20
Cool cukes for a hot day
Demonstration garden open during fair
Feral hog information day set for Sept. 23 in Mason
Hibiscus breeder has the blues
Lubbock to host National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration
Meditation for 9-13-10
New 'ornamental edibles' exhibit added to arboretum
New round cuts offer six more value-added beef options
Quail/Wildlife Appreciation Day set for Sept. 21
Texas A&M horticulturists capture top spots at national meeting
Traditional Scout has contemporary touches
Turn boring leftovers into exciting and delicious new dishes
When pine tree needles turn yellow

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