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 Nov. 25, 2014

Much to be thankful for, but price/drought challenges remain Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas farmers, ranchers and growers have a lot to be thankful for this November, but they still face many challenges, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “Much of the state got excellent rains over the weekend, […]

Two Overton pesticide applicator trainings set Dec. 4 and 9

Adjusting stocking rates to control weeds only one of many presentations Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu OVERTON – Private pesticide applicators can earn five to 10 continuing education units toward the renewal of their licenses at trainings held on Dec. 4 and Dec. 9 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton. […]

Texas crop, weather for Nov. 18, 2014

Freeze came at just about the right time for South Plains cotton Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The first hard freeze for the South Plains and Lubbock area came on Nov. 13 -14, about 10 days later than average, which was timely for finishing up the area’s cotton, according to a Texas […]

Texas crop, weather for Nov. 11, 2014

Arctic blast unlikely to hurt newly emerged wheat Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – It’s highly unlikely the sub-freezing weather will damage any of the state’s winter wheat crop, even newly emerged plants, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “It would have to get pretty darn cold for it to […]

Electron-beam technology a better way to sanitize ebola waste?

AgriLife Scientist: eBeam sanitization could be cheaper and ‘greener’ Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Suresh D. Pillai doesn’t want to sensationalize the use of electron beam technology by solely talking about using it to sanitize ebola virus contaminated equipment and wastewater. However, he said, it could be much safer and more […]

Texas crop, weather for Nov. 4, 2014

Southwest Texas deer crop expected to be great this year Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Deer hunting in Southwest Texas is expected to be “really terrific” this year thanks to timely rains, according to Dr. Rob Hogan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, Uvalde. “Though it hasn’t been a year with a […]

Lampasas River Watershed riparian workshop set Nov. 17

Program to include indoor instruction and outdoor tour Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu LAMPASAS — The Lampasas River Watershed Partnership will host the “Proper Functioning Condition Riparian Workshop” Nov. 17 at the Lampasas County Farm Bureau, 1793 N. U.S. Highway 281 in Lampasas. The program is free and open to the public, with registration starting […]

Four-state cattle conference set Dec. 10 in Texarkana

Conference to bring experts in from Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu TEXARKANA, Ark. – Helping livestock producers take advantage of historically high markets and rebuilding herds will be just two of the presentations at this year’s Four States Cattle Conference set Dec. 10 in Texarkana, said a Texas A&M AgriLife […]

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 […]