Robert Burns has nearly 30 years experience writing about agriculture and agricultural related research. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

July and August trainings designed for professional irrigators

COLLEGE STATION – Currently, 785 public water systems in Texas have mandatory water-use restrictions in place with an additional 387 utilities following voluntary restrictions, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. “That is 25 percent of the state’s water systems with restrictions,” said Charles Swanson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service irrigation specialist, College Station. […]

Texas crop, weather for July 8, 2014

‘Out-of sight’ beef prices pose opportunity for those with grass Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Record high cattle and beef prices are actually making rebuilding herds a good bet, at least for some beef cattle producers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “’Out of sight’ is a good term […]

Septic System Maintenance Workshop set for July 29 in Killeen

KILLEEN — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership are offering a free training on septic system maintenance for homeowners from 6-8 p.m. July 29. The training will be held at the Texas A&M Central Texas main campus building, 1001 Leadership Place in Killeen. “This course […]

Six Texas students win Peary Wilemon-National Cotton Ginners’ scholarships

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Six graduate and undergraduate students in the Texas A&M University biological and agricultural engineering department were recently awarded Peary Wilemon-National Cotton Ginners’ scholarships. All the awardees are from Texas, and received from $500 to $1,000 each, according to Dr. Calvin B. Parnell Jr., regents professor in the […]

Training on winter pasture production set Aug. 12

Predicted El Niño improves winter pasture prospects this fall Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu OVERTON — With the likelihood of a moderately strong El Niño this fall, the prospects for winter pasture are better than they have been in years, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. To help beef and forage producers […]

Texas crop, weather for July 1, 2014

Fall pecan crop estimated to be about 50 million to 55 million pounds Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Because of significant damage from an April freeze along with other factors, it’s become difficult to estimate the size of the Texas pecan crop, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. But that […]

Denton County agricultural land evaluation class set for July 8

Many new landowners may be unaware they qualify for an ag exemption Contact: Brandon Boughen, 940-349-2894, brandon.boughen@agnet.tamu.edu DENTON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Denton County and the Denton County AgriLife Extension agriculture committee will hold an agricultural land evaluation class from 6 to 9 p.m. July 8 at the Joseph A. Carroll […]

Texas crop, weather for June 24, 2014

Glyphosate resistance and early rains pose issues for weed control in cotton Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – More rain over the Texas High Plains and Rolling Plains continues to improve the growing conditions for cotton, but also for weeds, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. The weeds are particularly […]

Neches white clover released

New variety blooms and makes seed early Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu OVERTON — Texas A&M AgriLife Research has released a new white clover, named Neches after the Texas river, that promises higher yields and much earlier flowering and seed production than any heretofore variety adapted to East Texas and the southeastern U.S. The clover […]

Texas crop, weather for June 17, 2014

El Niño forecast weaker than earlier predicted Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Though nearly 70 percent of the state remains in drought, crops in many areas are doing well thanks to rains over the last month, according to reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel and the U.S. Drought Monitor. Many […]