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.

AgriLife Research scientist named Crop Science Society of America Fellow

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu STEPHENVILLE — Dr. James P. Muir, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant scientist Stepenville, has been named a Crop Science Society of America Fellow for 2014. The award will be formally presented at the society’s annual meeting, which will be held Nov. 3 in Long Beach, California. Being named a fellow […]

Texas crop, weather for Oct. 28, 2014

Sugarcane aphid here to stay in Texas Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Though the sugarcane aphid is manageable, it’s likely here to stay in South Texas and the rest of the state, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. The sugarcane aphid became a pest of sorghum for the first […]

Texas crop, weather for Oct. 21, 2014

El Niño development stalled out, but cool, wet winter still predicted Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Though this year’s El Niño is now predicted to be a weak one, it still spells more a chance of a wet, cool winter for most of Texas rather than a dry one, according to the […]

Texas crop, weather for Oct. 15, 2014

AgriLife Economist: ‘High’ 2014 feed grains stocks are really a return to average levels Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Though this year’s predicted bumper feed grains yields are driving down prices farmers see, the long-term result could add stability to what has been a very volatile market, according to a Texas A&M […]

North Texas Cattleman’s Conference set for Oct. 24

DENTON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Denton County and the Denton County Extension Agriculture Committee, in conjunction with Cooke, Grayson, Collin and Fannin counties, is hosting the North Texas Cattleman’s Conference. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. at the church located at 8690 Liberty Road, said Brandon Boughen, Texas […]

Texas crop, weather for Oct. 7, 2014

Some Gulf Coast and Central Texas cotton yields two to four bales per acre High Plains Cotton ‘chugging along’ Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – While nearly all Gulf Coast and Central Texas cotton has been harvested, much of the Texas High Plains cotton is still two weeks away, according to Texas A&M […]

Stocker gains more than 2.5 pounds per head per day realized

Study compared rates of dry distiller’s grains of cattle on Tifton 85 Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu OVERTON – As cattle prices continue to soar, breaking all previous records, some might wonder why anyone would take animals off winter pasture at 800 to 850 pounds in mid to late May, and continue them on pasture […]

Smith County ‘Bulbs and More’ set for Oct. 11

More than 50 bulb varieties offered Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu TYLER – The Smith County Master Gardeners’ annual “Bulbs and More” sale will be held Oct. 11 at the Harvey Convention Center located at 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. This year’s sale will feature more than 50 bulb varieties, chosen for their ability to […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 30, 2014

State hay supplies range from surplus to practically non-existent Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – What is the status of statewide hay supplies? It depends upon where you are, according to Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist, College Station. East of U.S. Interstate 35, all the way to […]

Denton County Horse Tour set for October 11

DENTON – Denton County is the self-proclaimed Lexington, Kentucky of Texas when it comes to the equine industry, according to Brandon Boughen, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for the county. “It is the home to over 26 thousand horses, which sustain numerous related businesses and professions such as breeders, trainers, boarding facilities, veterinary services, […]