Texas is home of some of the most beautiful landscapes, and as landowners, it is our responsibility to care for it. This category is full of different information on how to be true stewards of this beautiful state.

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Average Precipitation Has Been Increasing Across The State

Average annual precipitation has been steadily increasing across the state, from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to the Texas Hill Country. An increase in rainfall can be a temporary blessing for any rancher, but what if you could stretch the blessing to seasons of drought, too? Take advantage of rising precipitation levels by harvesting rainwater! 

Why Should I Collect Rainwater?

According to NOAA, most Texas regions have experienced a .50 - 1.0-inch increase in average annual rainfall. Victor Murphy, the climate service program manager for the National Weather Service’s southern regional headquarters in Fort Worth, explains that the “new normal” of Texas weather could create a…

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The Hows and Whys of Water Gaps

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The Hows and Whys of Water Gaps

Water gaps are highways for all sorts of things on a ranch: water, fish, and cows? Let's hope not. 

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, and your cows know it. Now that the spring rainy/flash flood season is here, they may be eagerly anticipating the opportunity to stroll downstream, or upstream of your ranch once your water gaps have been washed out. 

Right now is a great time to rid the creek banks, ravines, and washes of any upstream debris that might make the repair or replacement of your water gaps more difficult. This may be a particularly important task given the abundant deadfall and debris resulting from the great…

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Texas is Rich in Mineral Rights

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Texas's rich soil contains precious resources that can lead to profit or heartache for landowners, depending on who owns the mineral rights. Mineral rights are, quite simply, the legal ownership of mineral deposits beneath the surface of a property. In a completely efficient world, the one who owns the surface of the land would own the resources beneath. 

Doesn’t the surface owner always own the mineral rights under their property? In reality, mineral rights can also be owned by previous surface owners, corporations, or third parties. Mineral-rich states that have an abundance of oil, gas, coal, gold, silver and other precious minerals are also the…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) has already caused significant disruptions to global travel, business, and people's consumption habits. But what does this mean for the U.S. agricultural sector, and especially farmers in Texas?

With a lot of stress around the world about the outbreak, is there any reason that those in the agriculture business should worry?

First, let’s cover some basic information about the virus and then we can explore how it may affect US agriculture in the coming months.

Information About Coronavirus:

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Where did the Coronavirus Start?

The Coronavirus outbreak started in the Hubei province of China.

According to the Center for Disease Control, it started in a live animal market in Wuhan City and then mutated so that it passes…

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Mineral leasing is the act or process of granting the rights to extract minerals (including gas and oil) from the owner of those rights, to a third party, usually a company.

Mineral leasing can be a daunting and complicated process but has its opportunities, specifically the significant profits for mineral rights holders for minimal risk and effort.

Read on to learn about some of the issues involved in mineral leasing Texas land or ranch properties. Our mineral leasing tips for beginners are below...

Step 1: Look at All Your Options

If a company approaches you with an offer for leasing minerals off your land, be sure and consider the fact that if one company is interested, there is a high chance that they aren’t the only ones.

Look for…

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Underground water in Texas Hill Country

For a long while, Texas Hill Country real estate was known for its thriving acreages that were rich in water sources like creeks and springs. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than this, these plots of land were extremely reasonable in price!

But now, land is more expensive than ever with some properties selling for as much as $75,000 per acre.

Gone are the days of finding Hill Country farmland for a budget of $15,000 per acre. Searching for this type of real estate is looking for a unicorn--you’re not likely to find it.

So, why has the land become so expensive?

Well, the answer has to do with groundwater.

  • The Diminishing Supply of Water
  • Digging for Groundwater
  • The Rule of Capture
  • The Texas Aquifers
  • The…

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The Australia Bushfires, which have been raging since November with unprecedented destruction, have encompassed an area in Australia approximately equal to the size of South Korea. Not only is the destruction of wildlife, and property absolutely devastating from these fires, but the effects that the fires will have on the Agriculture business could be detrimental to that portion of Australia’s economy.

Each year there is a season of wildfires in Australia which usually extend through the Summer and Fall months. These fires beginning in November are highly unusual as well as the ferocity in which these fires have been spreading. At least two dozen people have been confirmed dead and more are missing as the fires continue raging. So far, roughly 25.5…

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Cattle, sheep or goats don’t cause overgrazing; people cause overgrazing. Grazing done the right way – incorporating rotations and seasonal rest – can be very compatible with good stewardship of the land. Grazing can also be done in a manner to maintain or improve wildlife habitat. Grazing is inherently neither good nor bad. It is a land management tool that can be used positively or negatively to alter the habitat. How it is used is entirely the decision of the landowner.

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South: Warmer than normal temperatures dominated the region with departures in west Texas 6-9 degrees above normal. It was a mainly dry week over the area, with just portions of eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas and into Louisiana recording above-normal precipitation with departures of up to 0.50 inches above normal. With the continued dryness in south Texas, some new areas of abnormally dry conditions were added this week with an expansion of moderate drought in far south Texas.

Looking Ahead: Over the next 5-7 days, the eastern United States has the greatest potential for precipitation, with the greatest amounts over the Southeast and into southern Florida. The northern United States also should see precipitation from the northern Rocky Mountains into the…

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Many farms and ranches in Texas Hill Country rely on groundwater that is extracted from beneath the limestone and granite landscape. This resource is responsible for much of what is great about the region but also brings its own challenges and concerns. For one, the quality of your water may influence the production and taste of your favorite at-home beverages, like coffee. 

Read on for more information about hard water in Texas, specifically the Central Hill Country region, and what to do about it.

What is "Hard" Water? 

The phrase "hard water" refers to water that has relatively high mineral content. Water that is extracted from the ground tends to be hard because it takes on minerals from its geological surroundings. Trace minerals found in…

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