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Irrigation Water Management Workshop Offered

The 2014 Irrigation Water Management Workshop is scheduled for January 27th at the Vernon James Research & Extension Center in Plymouth. This meeting will help growers with overhead irrigation systems us water and nutrients to increase crop yield, improve water use efficiency, and protect waterways. The workshop will consist of both classroom and field demonstrations. Registration is at 8:30 and the meeting will conclude about 4:30. The workshop is limited to 25 people. For more information or to register click here.

GMO Inside Claims Victory with General Mills Decision

General Mills says it has changed how it sources and handles ingredients to ensure the corn starch for original Cheerios comes only from non-GMO corn and the sugar is only non-GMO pure cane sugar. According to GMO Inside – 40-thousand Facebook posts were made by consumers taking part in their campaign calling on General Mills to make Cheerios non-GMO. Green America Corporate Responsibility Director Todd Larsen calls the removal of GMOs from original Cheerios an important victory in getting GMOs out of the food supply.

Pork Exports Predicted to Expand

USDA livestock analyst, Shayle Shagam, says that U.S. pork exports will expand in 2014:

“Exports make up about 21% of US pork production and we expect to see growth in 2014, about 4%.”

USDA Economist Considers Whether Growers Will Plant More Soybeans or Corn

Growers are looking ahead at what to plant this spring – and analysts are wondering whether more soybean acres will be planted – or if it will be more corn. U.S. Department of Agriculture Chief Economist Joe Glauber thinks the market is trying to coax out more soybeans…

“You see corn prices off 36% but soybean prices will be off less than 15% so soybeans look more attractive right now. We know that we are seeing that in South America with less corn and more beans being planted in Brazil.”
Glauber says it’s still early to tell because a lot can change between now and when growers have to make their planting decisions.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.