Texas Farming Update: Panhandle Farmers do well in sorghum competition

Mar 18, 2014

Credit mississippi-crops.com

Panhandle farmers did well this year in the National Sorghum Producers competition reported Kevin Welch for the Amarillo Globe-News.

Kelvin Ollinger of Gray County took second in the overall national double-cropped, irrigated category.  He also took first in the same category in the Texas competition.  Lynn Born of Lipscomb County took first, and S&P Farms out of Spearman was second for no-till, non-irrigated.

In other farm news:

Three panhandle farmers won $2,500 each from America’s Farmers Grow Communities.  The trio donated to the group of their choice.  Jason Duvall donated to the Perryton FFA, to help students attend the state convention.  Dustin Sexton gave to the Wellington Volunteer Fire Department, and Troy Ritter helped the Groom Summer Youth Program.

The Department of Agriculture has expanded its list of eligible equipment for low-interest loans to provide storage and facilities for small and mid-sized farms, specialty crop fruit, and vegetable growers.  A list of eligible commodities can be found at fsa.usda.gov or from a local Farm Service Agency.

The Successful Ranching program will coincide with The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association convention April 4 in San Antonio.  Sessions include strategic planning, soil health, reducing inputs, weed and brush control, prescribed burning, animal health and nutrition, and the changing cow-calf industry.  More information is at tscra.org.