Two invasive brush species focus of Aug. 7 webinar

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Megan Clayton, 361-265-9201, megan.clayton@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Alyson McDonald, 432-336-8585, akmcdonald@ag.tamu.edu Pete Flores, 361-362-9201, Pete.Flores@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – “Huisache and Juniper – How to Treat!,” the next Texas Range Webinar conducted monthly by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit, is set for Aug. 7. This […]

New mosquito-borne viral disease found in South Central Texas

AgriLife Extension entomologists: Avoidance, exclusion, repellents best practical defense SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS — Chikungunya, a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, has been identified in five Texas counties — four of them in South Central Texas — and may become endemic to the state, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. As far as the […]

Media Advisory: 60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 4-6

Media Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The 60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled Aug. 4-6 on the campus of Texas A&M University. Multiple sessions throughout the three-day event will focus on beef cattle production, management, market outlook and the future of the industry. During the general session scheduled for […]

First U.S. soybean crop for the year harvested in South Texas

Soybean yields significantly higher than state average EDINBURG  –  Unless someone can prove otherwise, two agricultural experts believe the first U.S. soybean harvest of the year is currently taking place in South Texas. Furthermore, yields are so high and advantages so numerous, they believe other South Texas growers should consider planting the legume. “Our soybean […]

Failed vegetable growers invited to garden class series

EDINBURG —  Whether you’ve got a green thumb or a brown one for failing to grow healthy vegetables in the sweltering heat of South Texas, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for Hidalgo County is offering a series of classes to improve your skills and go organic. AgriLife Extension is offering their annual evening gardening […]

AgriLife Extension expert: Producers should initially sign up for new insurance option

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Joe Outlaw, 979-845-3062, joutlaw@tamu.edu WICHITA FALLS – A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist said the only decision farmers need to make soon concerning the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency announcement Tuesday of counties covered under the new Supplemental Coverage Option insurance program is “go ahead […]

AgriLife Extension sets Lubbock Pecan Production Seminar

    Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Robert Scott, 806-775-1680, rj-scott@tamu.edu   LUBBOCK – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Pecan Production Seminar, beginning with registration from 9-9:30 a.m. and lasting until noon on Aug. 12 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock. The center is located […]

AgriLife Extension program Sept. 18 will give ‘buzz’ on beekeeping basics

BANDERA – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be hosting a Beekeeping Basics Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Mansfield Park Recreation Center, 2886 Highway 16 North in Bandera.   “The number of calls coming into the office related to bees in general is staggering,” said Sam Womble, AgriLife Extension agent for […]

Spotted winged drosophila poses risk to soft-bodied fruits

Female has toothed organ to saw through fruit skin Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu OVERTON – Early awareness of a tiny insect could save Texas fruit growers a lot of money, perhaps even their entire crop, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. The potential risk is from the spotted wing drosophila, a […]

Business people chosen for Texas leadership program

Contact: Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz, 979-845-1554, j-mazurkiewicz@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Twenty-eight people have been chosen for the Texas Agriculture Lifetime Leadership program as Class XIV. The two-year program, led by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is an intensive study of agriculture worldwide that equips people in the agriculture industry to become leaders in their fields, […]