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ISSUE DATE: 02/16/2009

Corn grower stretches input costs

Thanks to the vast expanse of the Ogallala Aquifer, irrigated corn production in the Texas Panhandle is possible. But farmers are hopeful that future releases of new biotech corn varieties with drought tolerance may help improve their bottom lines, as well as conserve precious water resources.

Wesley Spurlock, of Stratford, Texas, is a grower who spends his winters carefully weighing his varietal options against his input costs before any final planting decisions. Spurlock and his family--wife Susie, son Walter and daughter Jennie--farm 9,000 acres of center pivot-irrigated land in Sherman County. They rotate corn with cotton, winter wheat, triticale seed and seed sorghum. [Read More]


NEWS

2007 Census of Agriculture finds more farms
2007 Census of Agriculture results available
2007 Census shows growing trends in U.S. agriculture
9th Annual Women in Agriculture Conference set for Feb. 13 in Sidney
AFBF: Ag, forestry leaders in reducing greenhouse gases
AFBF: Biotech industry tags 'GE-free' labels as misleading
AFBF: Farmers need policies that promote economic growth
AFBF: U.S. must 'wake up' to fiscal realities
AFBF-backed alliance charts impressive ag gains
'Aggieland Saturday' to feature College of Agriculture and Life
AgrAbility helps keep farmers, ranchers with disabilities on the farm
Agriculture Food Chain Security Workshop Series starting Feb. 2
Another important date
Bennet discusses Colorado ag issues with Secretary Vilsack
Bill Bradley speaks at AFBF's 90th annual meeting
Bison staying in Yellowstone this winter
Boehlje to present College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Distinguished Lecture Feb. 19
Boswell, Terry introduce Renewable Fuel Pipeline Act
Carbon planning commission approves wind farm
Careful land management protects Mississippi watersheds
China ups rice purchase price; aid to farm incomes
Coalition asks Congress to make clean, renewable energy part of recovery plan
Conservationists, state team up to protect prairie
Cowboy churches rope in new Christians
Ethanol production will have to increase to meet government mandates
Farm Bureau week Feb. 16 to 20
Grant awarded to rural partners in education
Heavy snow cover tough on ranchers
Hitting the ground running
Horse therapy helps youth deal with life issues
House passes amendment to require U.S. TSA to buy uniforms, textile products made with 100% U.S. con
ISU economist appointed to biomass research committee
It's not just about the past
Johannes honored by NBB
Lucas announces final Republican member to join Ag Committee
NCBA supports second-generation biofuels in stimulus package
Nebraska 2007 Census of Agriculture shows farm numbers down
New program seeks to match farmers, land
Oklahoma AG 'not optimistic' about settlement
Part-time farms booming in El Paso County
Quilts turn barns into works of art
Rabobank releases annual North American Food and Agribusiness Outlook
Ranking Republican Lucas announces members of committee
Retail food prices drop slightly in last quarter of 2008
Saco ranch family pleads guilty to illegal hunting
Sec. Schafer: U.S. agriculture can be force for peace
Sen. Chambliss: Gov. Vilsack should be the next secretary of ag
SouthWestern Association invests in future through recruitment tools
The '09 crystal ball
Up, down commodity prices leave farmers uneasy
Upcoming KSU ag events
USDA extends comment period for regulation on payment limitation and payment eligibility
USDA Rural Development invites applications for rural economic development funding
Web comments
Weld County No. 8 in nation in agriculture output
Women in Ag Conference will be Feb. 26 and 27 in Kearney

CROPS

2009 3i Show May 6 to 8 in Garden City
21st anniversary High Plains No-Till Conference Feb. 3 and 4 in Greeley
ACGA policy mirrors Obama on renewable energy
ACGA: Corn Growers, Farm Aid to sponsor renewable energy workshops
AFBF: Lohr tells farmers to create their future
Ahring honored with Premier Seed Growers Award
ARS research explains link between stink bug, cotton disease
Biofuel producers hope to rebound after tough year
Can I make money with corn?
Companies reach milestone in CLEARFIELD System
Corn grower stretches input costs
Corn harvest almost finished
Cornhusker Economics Conference at Scottsbluff on Feb. 20
Cotton acreage could continue to spiral downward in 2009
Crop insurance coverage for land emerging from CRP important
Extension economist to evaluate alternative conservation strategies
Extension workshops help producers determine profitability
Farmers to see return on investment with 2007 Census of Agriculture
Fertility management school March 5
Future of $20 billion in ag food production focus of pollinator
Interest in Texas wheat improves as quality goes up
Kansas agritourism operators invited to complete online survey
Kansas Wheat Associates: Obama administration sends trade signa
March, April Farm Transitions workshops set for Alva
NAP application closing date for certain crops
NCGA announces Corn Yield Contest winners
New Cotton Community provides site for farmers to connect, share information
NMSU's Vine and Wine Conference set for Albuquerque
No-Till Notes- Producing no-till corn
Roller coaster prices leave many farmer uneasy
Scientist reviews value of soil profile nitrogen testing
Shift in weed spectrum triggers change
Silent thief steals cotton patch profits
This is a test
Trade Show and Learning Center sessions highlight Commodity Classic agenda
Use resistant varieties to combat soybean diseases, save money in '09
Wheat seed to take center stage at meeting Feb. 24
Wintersteen named to Farm Foundation's Board of Trustees

LIVESTOCK

2009 National Beef Cook-Off Calls for "Sonoma-Style" recipe entries
AFBF: Rural residents work to strengthen their communities
Ag group urges yes on lamb checkoff vote
American Shorthorn Association announces internship
ASI celebrates 20 years of service
Bronze and Silver Pins presented to David Lundgren, Jr
Buxkemper receives World Simmental Federation honors
Canadian bull tops Breeder's Choice Bull Futurity
CCA to host Capitol Conversations, a bi-weekly conference call
China became largest pork importer in history in 2008
Coleman Limousin Ranch wins Commercial Marketing Booster award
Dogs kill alpacas at Placitas farm
Grand Junction farm couple named 2008 Master Pork Producers
Herefords top all breed commercial bull sale
Howard's Dakota Beef admits hiring illegal workers
ILC examines new marketing trends
Janesville producer takes reins as Iowa Pork Producers Associat
KCA members skeptical of safety of National Bio-Lab
LMA's actions help 7 member markets recover $1.43 million for unpaid livestock sold to Iowa's Agri
Lt. Governor announces Deuel County now certified as livestock friendly
Managing Cows in Tough Times workshop Feb. 24
Montana breeder elected board chairman
National Western attendance down 4.5 percent
Now accepting applications for 2009 W.D. Farr Scholarship
NWSS includes 30 Limousin, Lim-Flex pens, carloads
Page County pork producers receive 2008 Master Pork Producer Award
Perez honored as Hereford Herdsman of the Year
South Dakota enterprise named Limousin Commercial Producer of the Year
Texas breeder re-electetd to National Simmenal Board
Texas Farm, Ranch, Wildlife Expo set for Feb. 24 and 25 in Abilene
Top weight gains announced in 57th Annual Bull Test
Tyson adapts to economy, sees progress in poultry
UW sponsors brucellosis management tools meeting in Pinedale
UW, USDA research should enable sheep producers to easily improve genetics
Vet urges ranchers to adopt brucellosis plan
Worker health an important concern on hog farms

EDITOR

Wyobraska cattle sales report

COLUMNS

A sticky situation
Does a farm have a soul?
Extra crop insurance "homework" paid off last year
From my lips to yours
Great Plains Turbo-Chopper
Just a scoop full
Krause 5635 Field Cultivator
mucker Manufacturing, Inc., digital wireless technology
Onset Computer Corporation, introduces the HOBOnode Series
UC5 Automatic Spray Height Control System
Valentine from the heart
Wylie Manufacturing, introduces the Conquest 1600-120 sprayer

MARKETS

Arkansas livestock auction report
Colorado cattle sales report
Dalhart livestock sales report
Demand light in some areas, prices remain steady in others
Dodge City livestock sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Grain market close
Joplin regional cattle sales
Ogallala cattle sales report
Report pushes bids higher
West Plains livestock sales report

RANGE

Controlling difficult pasture weeds, brush focus of meeting Feb. 19 in Hays
Hay trading slow
Prescribed burn schools scheduled
State hay directory connects buyers with sellers

FAMILY

4-H leader selected for volunteer award
4-H volunteers converge in Cheyenne for statewide training
Annual Ford County Conservation District meeting held Feb. 7
Chicken in the pot is always in good taste
Dalton whiz kid nurtures his gift in 4-H
East Texas Spring Landscape and Gardening Conference set Feb. 14
Help your body cart away colds
Interior mimics exterior of Pilot
Lettuce begin
Meditation for 2-16-09
Money saving tips from the mailbox
Mystery and romance
New Texas AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist named for Tom Green County
OSU Extension offers free "lawn maintenance" seminar
Tree Care Workshops focus on essentials for the green industry
Tree seedlings provide protection as well as beauty
Upcoming K-State horticultural events
Upcoming KSU horticultural events
Young Farmers and Ranchers take top honors

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