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.

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 16, 2014

From too little rain, to too much rain, too early for South Texas Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After prolonged drought, South Texas producers are now struggling with too much moisture, according to Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife communications specialist based in Weslaco. On Sept. 16, the rains were continuing without […]

AgriLife Specialist: Need to recycle water? ‘Give the ground first shot at it’

Dr. Anish Jantrania will focus on sustainable and intelligent water infrastructure Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu TEMPLE – The key to solving some of Texas’ water shortage problems may be as simple as teaching homeowners and cities how to efficiently and cleanly return wastewater to the ground, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialist. […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 9, 2014

Despite late rains, High Plains dryland cotton crop could still be pretty good Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Rains came to the Panhandle and South Plains a couple weeks too late to ensure a really good dryland cotton crop across the board, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. In […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 3, 2014

Rye seed shortage may call for revised winter pasture strategy Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A shortage of small grain rye seed may require many East and Central Texas producers to rethink their winter pasture plan, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “The shortage is primarily of varieties we […]

Training to lessen the risky business of beef production

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu CARTHAGE –The program, “Reducing Risk in Beef Production,” will be held Sept. 11 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Carthage, 110 S. Sycamore St. The multi-county program is hosted by AgriLife Extension in Harrison, Shelby and Panola counties, said Randy Reeves, AgriLife Extension agent in Harrison County. […]

Texas crop, weather for Aug. 26, 2014

Agronomist gives ‘heads-up’ over armyworm concerns in headed-out sorghum Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts warn grain sorghum producers they should now be ever more vigilant in scouting for armyworms in the coming weeks as the crop heads out. “The second-generation trap counts showed they were very […]

New and old fall zinnias named Texas Superstars

New Marylandica type forms ‘mounds of color’ Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – What really got the Texas Superstar board members excited about fall zinnias were some new series, including the marylandica types that form disease-resistant “mounds of color,” lasting until frost when planted in late summer, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research […]

Irving, College Station, Bryan now in Water My Yard program

Website can help homeowners cut landscape water use by half – or more Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The new Water My Yard site has been completely updated, making it even easier for homeowners to sign up, create profiles and better manage landscape irrigation, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service irrigation […]

Texas crop, weather for Aug. 19, 2014

As dog days of summer drag on, drier conditions prevail Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Except for a few isolated areas, the entire state received some rain in the last seven days, from barely a trace to as much as 2 inches in parts of the Panhandle and West Central Texas, according […]