Rod Santa Ana is a native of McAllen, Texas where he resides with his wife. He has been a communications specialist with the Texas A&M University System since 1988. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Rod worked in broadcast news throughout South Texas, including several years as a TV news director and anchor at the NBC affiliate in Laredo, KGNS-TV.

Cotton herbicide field day slated May 29 in Weslaco

WESLACO — The Volunteer Cotton Herbicide Trial Field Day will be held May 29 in Weslaco to help farmers learn the latest on ridding their corn and grain sorghum fields of volunteer cotton, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. It will be held from 9-10 a.m. at Texas A&M’s Hiler Annex Farm, located […]

Spring harvest caps off successful community gardening project

RIO GRANDE CITY — An event to cap off the second season of what has become a community-changing gardening trend in Starr County, along the Texas-Mexico border, will include people from all walks of life, according to Yolanda Morado, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county agent there. The second annual Spring Harvest Day will […]

South Texas sugarcane aphids moving to other crops

WESLACO  –  Scientists at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco say sugarcane aphids appear to be moving from grain sorghum to corn and sugarcane crops. (click on the video below) Until now, sugarcane aphids had only been seen in high numbers in most fields of the area’s 400,000 acres of grain […]

Meeting to address sugarcane aphid infestations in South Texas grain sorghum

WESLACO  –  The Sugarcane Aphid Informative Meeting and Field Day will be held from 9-10 a.m. May 20 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco, 2415 East U.S. Highway 83. The meeting is free and open to the public. One Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education unit will be offered to […]

Scientists warning growers about explosive populations of new grain sorghum pest

WESLACO  –  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service scientists are warning South Texas grain sorghum producers to be on the lookout for a new insect pest that, left unchecked, could wipe out their entire crop. Dr. Raul Villanueva, an AgriLife Extension entomologist, and Danielle Sekula-Ortiz, an AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent, say that in recent […]

Onion and Watermelon Irrigation Field Day set for May 8 in Weslaco

WESLACO  –  Lower Rio Grande Valley vegetable growers are invited to the Onion and Watermelon Irrigation Field Day to be held from 9 a.m.- noon May 8 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. The center is located at 2415 East U.S. Highway 83. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and two […]

Backyard Basics takes flight with ‘Raising Chickens’ May 3 in Aransas County

ROCKPORT   –  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer Backyard Basics – Raising Chickens, from 10 a.m. to noon May 3 to help residents learn the best ways to raise chickens in the Coastal Bend and to build community support for families who want to raise laying hens. The class will be held at […]

Conservation farming meeting set April 29 in Weslaco

WESLACO  –  Growers interested in best management practices that can help improve the soil health of their fields are encouraged to attend “Conservation Farming: Financial and Technical Assistance,” to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. The center is located at […]

Grain storage safety conference slated April 23 in Sinton

SINTON  –  The Coastal Bend Grain Storage and Handlers Safety Conference will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23 at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds Civic Center, according to Bobby McCool, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for agriculture and natural resources in San Patricio County. The fairgrounds are located at 219 West […]