The best window of time to trap wild pigs is about to close

OVERTON – Wild pigs are most vulnerable to trapping before food and forages become more available in the spring, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Overton, said most acorns have either been consumed or are rotting on the ground now, and wild pigs are searching for […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Feb. 14

SAN ANGELO – U.S. planted wheat acres trended to their lowest since 1909 amid low prices and uncooperative weather, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist, San Angelo, said prices for Texas wheat have been in a multi-year downward trend. Texas wheat acres decreased from 6.1 million acres planted […]

It’s go time for vegetable gardeners

OVERTON — Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Overton, said it’s time for gardeners to plant some vegetables and prepare seedlings for others. “It’s time to plant potatoes, onions and other cool-season crops like mustard greens, kale, peas and spinach,” he said. “It’s your last window to begin seeding plants like tomatoes […]

Aquaponics seminar Feb. 23 at Overton

OVERTON – An aquaponics seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 Farm-to-Market 3053 in Overton. The seminar is free and open to the public. Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small-acreage horticulturist, Overton, said the seminar will begin with […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Feb. 7

COLLEGE STATION – A pattern of wet weather lies ahead for much of the state following a dry winter, said the state climatologist. The rain could mean a short-term reprieve for much of the state needing moisture following the warmest winter months for Texas in decades. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, in the Texas A&M University department of atmospheric […]

Pesticide applicator course Feb. 27 in Marshall offers eight CEUs

MARSHALL – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer a “last-chance” course Feb. 27 in Marshall for pesticide applicator continuing education units. The course will be from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension office for Harrison County, 102 W. Houston St. Eight Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be […]

Options to address ryegrass for warm-season forage production

OVERTON – Producers hoping to mitigate annual ryegrass growth for warm-season hay production have options and should start sooner than later, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Annual ryegrass, a cool-season forage, is often utilized by livestock producers for winter grazing, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton. However, East Texas […]

Masabni receives Blue Ribbon Award for latest gardening book

OVERTON – Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Overton, received an award for his latest how-to book for Texas gardeners titled “Easy Gardening for Texas.” Masabni was awarded the Blue Ribbon for Extension Communication by the American Society of Horticultural Sciences-Southern Region for the book, which was published by Texas A&M University […]

Forage and Ruminant Lab helps researchers, producers improve animal diets

STEPHENVILLE –  The Forage and Ruminant Nutrition Lab at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Stephenville explores ways to improve ruminant diets and mitigate negative environmental impacts for researchers around the state, nation and globe, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert. The lab is used by researchers throughout Texas, the […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Jan. 31

CORPUS CHRISTI — Dr. Carlos Fernandez, Texas A&M AgriLife Research agronomist, Corpus Christi, said cropland preparations in the area are on target and fields look good amid favorable conditions. “Fields are clear and farmers are preparing soil beds for planting,” he said. “Everything looks to be on or ahead of schedule.” Herbicides and tillage have […]