2011 Drought Advances Losses in Texas Agriculture to $1.5 Billion

Economist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service have dire predictions for Agricultural Losses in the State of Texas this year, as continued drought destroys crops and increases cost for livestock producers. Livestock losses derived from drought are at an estimated $1.2 billion from late 2010 through mid 2011. These losses include the rising cost of […]


Call for Volunteer Wine Grape Harvesting in Mission Texas

Everyone: If you would like to help harvest more of the wine grapes at Jorge Jaber’s vineyard, please meet at the vineyard on Monday, July 11th by 8:00 am. Bring clippers, wear sunscreen and tennis shoes and a hat! The Grape Harvest is strictly as a volunteer. This is not for anyone to purchase grapes. […]

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The Sustainable Agronomic Education Association ( SAEA )

Texas Plant and Soil Lab is proud to be a member and integral part of the Sustainable Agronomic Education Association of Rio Grande Valley, Texas. The Sustainable Agriculture Group (SAG) was formed in 1998 in part by previous Texas Plant and Soil Lab owner Kay Chandler. The group was formed to promote agricultural sustainability by […]

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Sustainable Agriculture Group Monthly Meeting July 12th 2011

Texas Plant and Soil Lab’s Vice President of Operations and Certified Crop Adviser Noel Garcia will be in attendance this Tuesday, July 12th, for the monthly Sustainable Agriculture Group (SAG) meeting. This lunch discussion about organic and sustainable production practices and related issues of current interest. This month SAG is featuring guest speaker Mr. Jim […]


2011 Missouri River Floods Prompt Water Testing

At Texas Plant and Soil Lab we deal with Water Testing during drought and flooding.  We hear from consultants, farmers, growers and friends all over the United States. While Texas still struggles against a record-long drought with only a little relief lately from scattered rain, parts of the upper Midwest are dealing with flooding and […]

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Kika de la Garza Subtropical Agricultural Research Center (SARC) Faces Closure By Senate

An urgent message went out to local farmers, scientist and the nation on Wednesday:  Kika de la Garza Subtropical Agricultural Research Center (SARC) in Weslaco faces closure. This agricultural research lab is unique in position and capabilities.  The Kika de la Garza Subtropical Agricultural Research Center is the first line in defense against invasive species […]

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Should Farmer Replant after Hail Storm Nearly Destroys Crops

Texas Plant and Soil Lab ® received these inquiries from one of our crop consultants who sent us these pictures concerning several West Texas Cotton fields that suffered from hail damage: Cotton Crops Suffer Hail Damage in West Texas “Howdy, We sent some plant samples yesterday for plant testing and analysis but one of the […]


Texas Produce Convention 2011

The Texas Produce Convention of 2011 will be hosted by the Texas Produce Association, the Texas Citrus Mutual, and the Valley Ag Insurance Service. The convention will be held at the Isla Grand Beach Hotel and Resort located in South Padre Island, Texas. The convention will run through August 17th to 19th. Cost is determined […]

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Flood Damage of Farm Field in Missouri 2011

Here are some photos from our friend, Jeffrey Kleypas of Quick-Sol of Texas, of a field in Missouri after the flood waters subsided. Note the center pivot in the pictures. Standing Next to Ravines Left Behind by Flooding Missouri Farm Field devastated by Flooding in 2011 Water Damaged to Flooded Missouri Farm Field Steep Ravines […]


Rain in Edinburg, Texas – June 22nd 2011

Rain and Flash Flooding in Edinburg, Texas Texas Plant and Soil Lab saw a little relief to the Texas drought this week. Four-and-a-half inches of rain in an hour! That’s what Edinburg got Wednesday – and it rained all day. By 2:30 that afternoon, we had a nearby lightening strike which took down all the […]


Planting Sunflower Crops After Wheat Crops a Great Option

There are great opportunities for farmers and growers in the High Plains to double-crop sunflower after winter wheat this year due to limited plantings in the northern states. “Much of North Dakota and parts of South Dakota are saturated from consistent rains and the window for planting sunflower is closing very soon,” said Tom Young, […]

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Harvesting Wine Grapes – Tomorrow! Weds June 22nd 2011

McAllen, Texas Everyone: Meet me in the morning at Jorge Jaber’s to pick grapes. Jorge had hoped to do this on Saturday, but the sugars in the grapes say it has to be NOW. So we are meeting at 7:00 a.m. at his place. Bring clippers, wear sunscreen and tennis shoes and a hat!!! The […]

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2011 Rochesterfest Country Breakfast on the Farm

Texas Plant and Soil Lab won’t be there, but if you find yourself anywhere near Plainveiw, Minnesota Sunday June 25th of 2011, you should certainly go out to the the 24th annual Country Breakfast on the Farm. Where Little Valley Dairy 5562 County Road 10 N.E., Plainview, MN. When Saturday, June 25 2011 6:00am – […]

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Welcome to TPS Lab’s Blog If you wish to visit the Home-Page of the TPS Lab Website, please Click Here. Here on our Blog we’ll be posting latest updates, news and upcoming events. TPS Lab, established in 1938, is a leading national testing lab for Soil, Plant, and Water analysis. For over 75 years we […]