Category Archives: Agriculture and Natural Resources

FSA EM Loan Assistance Based on Damages and Losses Caused by Drought.

The following letter was sent out by the Texas Division of Emergency Management to Calhoun County. We have received notice from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture that your county has been designated eligible to apply for low-interest emergency disaster loans based on damages and losses caused by drought occurring August 27, 2019 and continuing. Eight Texas counties have been declared primary natural disaster areas. There are an additional twenty-five other Texas counties designated as a contiguous counties. Your county has been designated as a contiguous county. The Secretary… Read More →

Texas Department of Agriculture Approves Aerially Use of Deuplosan

With wet weather still lingering around after harvest season the cotton stalks are starting to regrow.  With the new 2,4-d and di-camba tolerant cotton varieties it has been a challenge for stalk destruction.  Attached is the 24(c) SLN allowing for  Post-harvest destruction / removal of all cotton including 2,4-D and Dicamba tolerant varieties and the 24(c) SLN allowing aerial application of Duplosan (dichlorprop) for a 92 day period to aid in the post-harvest destruction/removal of all cotton including 2,4-D (Enlist) and dicamba (XtendFlex) tolerant varieties in Texas. Please… Read More →

Mowing Recommendations for Warm-Season Turfgrasses

Mowing is perhaps the most common cultural practice performed in turfgrass systems. When performed properly, mowing is used to maintain a particular turfgrass height and appearance that supports the specific use and aesthetic expectations of that area. It is import-ant to remember that while turfgrasses have evolved to tolerate mowing, this practice is still a stressor that has the potential to compromise overall turfgrass health and vigor.   (cited from Becky Grubbs, PhD; Assistant Professor and Turfgrass Extension Specialist, The Texas A&M University System and for more information… Read More →

Matagorda & Calhoun County Hay Show

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Matagorda and Calhoun County will be hosting a multi-county Hay Show on October 21, 2019 at the Deutschburg Community Center. This event is being held to address topics associated with livestock forages . The topics to be discussed are feed labels and withdraw periods, general pasture management, and winter nutritional needs. Start collecting hay samples. The cost for a Hay Sample analysis is $5 each. Hay samples must be collected and brought in a paper bag to keep moisture from contaminating the… Read More →

EPA and Army Finalize Rule to Repeal 2015 “Waters of the US” Definition

WASHINGTON (September 12, 2019) — At an event in Washington, D.C., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Department of the Army Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James announced that the agencies are repealing a 2015 rule that impermissibly expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. The agencies are also recodifying the longstanding and familiar regulatory text that existed prior to the 2015 Rule—ending a regulatory patchwork that required implementing two competing Clean Water Act regulations,… Read More →

Unmanned Aerial System Seminar

I was approached by Mr. Danny May, farmer – Calhoun County to invite Dr. Juan Landivar with Texas A and M AgriLife RESEARCH to give a presentation on the status of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in crop research and applied applications.  Some of the first research that was performed by Dr. Landivar using UAS was in Calhoun County.   With many farmers in the county being involved in cattle production , I decided to include range and pasture applications as a topic.  The first person that comes to mind… Read More →

Buying vs raising replacement heifers.

With the “fall run” on calves to the market coming up, I decided it would be a good time to discuss buying or raising replacement heifers.  As a producer myself, I have bought and raised replacement heifers.  Jason Cleere, Associate Professor and Texas AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist published an article comparing bought replacement heifers vs raised replacement heifers.  The dollar values in the charts are outdated but you can plug in today’s prices to determine the current budget.  I hope this article will give you some clarification… Read More →

2018 Forage Variety Results – Texas Cool Season Annual Variety Trails

Howdy ! I hope everybody enjoyed the mid morning rain shower that occurred earlier.  When I attended the Texas A & M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station, Texas earlier this month I was made aware of the Texas Cool Season Annual Forage Variety Trails.  With the weather being so hot and dry the thought of planting a cool season annual forage hasn’t crossed my mind.  With rain and a phone call earlier regarding rye grass, I figured it would be a good time to get out… Read More →

Market Facilitation Program 2019 County Per Acre Payment Rate

  Assistance through the Market Facilitation Program is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings of MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per-acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings. County payment rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact of unjustified trade retaliation in that county. The following crops are eligible for payment under this single county payment rate: alfalfa… Read More →

Agriculture & Natural Resource Agent

Howdy ! I hope everybody is doing well.  Let me tell you a little bit about myself.  I am Greg Baker, the County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources here in Calhoun County.  I was formally employed by the Texas Department of Agriculture as a Pesticide Inspector for the past 27 years.  Some of you may have had an encounter with me at some point in my past career, good, bad or indifferent.   When this position came available for County Extension Agent, I thought to myself that… Read More →