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.

Experts to discuss bull-selection criteria at Cameron on Nov. 12

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, CAMERON — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Milam County will host a “Bull Selection for Commercial and Seedstock Beef Producers” program Nov. 12 near Cameron. The training will be held from 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. at 44 Farms, about 1 mile east of Cameron on 1945 County Road 227, […]

Texas crop, weather for Oct. 6, 2015

Agricultural engineering centennial a ‘tip of the hat’ to the past and the future Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION — On Oct. 9-10, the Texas A&M University department of biological and agricultural engineering at College Station will celebrate its 100-year birthday, and you’re invited. Officially, the outdoor centennial event is called a “technology […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 29, 2015

Despite heat, drought, Winter Garden growers in better shape this year Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – Despite hotter-than-normal fall temperatures and no rain for three months, Texas Winter Garden growers are in surprisingly good shape, said Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist based in Uvalde. Water levels in the […]

‘Chunkapalooza’ set Oct. 10 at Kilgore College farm

Horticultural event will include pumpkin chunking contest Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, OVERTON – This year’s Chunkapalooza has something for just about anyone of any age, including pumpkin ‘chunking,’ according to event organizers. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kilgore College Demonstration […]

AgriLife Extension in Gregg County to host program on water rights

Free Oct. 15 event will be held in AgriLife Extension auditorium Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, LONGVIEW – Mark Twain once quipped: “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.” At no time in previous history has the fighting part been more true as Texas faces a water crisis, said Randy Reeves, Texas A&M […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 22, 2015

Too dry in large parts of the state to plant supplemental food plots for deer Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – “Caught between a rock and a hard place.” That’s how a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist describes landowners in the eastern third of the state who want to plant supplemental […]

Class on high-strength wastewater systems set Oct. 26 -27 at AgriLife Center

Temple class offers 16 continuing credit units to wastewater professionals Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, TEMPLE – A two-day class, “Analyzing Wastewater Systems for High-Strength Waste and Hydraulic Loading,” has been set for Oct. 26-27 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 720 East Blackland Road, Temple. Professional wastewater site evaluators, designers, installers, […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 15, 2015

High Plains wheat producers warned of ‘green bridge effect’ in early planting Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – Despite dry planting conditions, Texas wheat producers are planting early and expected to plant about their average number of acres this year, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. Panhandle producers are already […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 9, 2015

When will El Niño predicted wet weather arrive? Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – Climatologists predict the current super-strong El Niño will bring another rain-drenched fall, winter and early spring to Texas. Ok, that’s fine but when? Many farmers needing moisture now are wondering when they can expect the promised moisture to arrive, […]

New AgriLife Extension cancer prevention specialist named

Pamela Lincoln will be holding ‘Friend to Friend’ events in many counties Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191,[caption OVERTON – Pamela Lincoln has been named the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cancer prevention program specialist for East Texas. Lincoln will be helping AgriLife agents facilitate “Friend to Friend,” an early cancer detection program specifically designed […]