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 June 30, 2015

Much of peach crop excellent quality, quantity Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – As predicted in March, this year’s peach crop is turning out to be one of the best in many years. In March, Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist at Uvalde, noted that peaches throughout the state had […]

Texas crop, weather for June 23, 2015

Rice situation varies widely; much never got planted Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After years of having not enough water to grow rice, many of the major production areas of the state got too much, according to reports by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel in the major rice growing counties. The […]

BeefSys database designed to prevent decades of research data being lost

Records includes data on beef, forage research from 1968 to 2015 Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu OVERTON – The 2002 movie “All About Schmidt” struck an all-too-familiar chord with Dr. Monte Rouquette, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist, Overton, he said. In the movie, Warren Schmidt, played by Jack Nicholson, is an insurance statistician who has […]

Texas crop, weather for June 16, 2015

Pre-harvest wheat sprouting not as severe as anticipated Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – In late May, it appeared many wheat growers were poised to suffer big discounts because of pre-harvest sprouting of winter wheat, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “In the Blacklands and East Texas, from the reports I’ve […]

Arctic Frost satsuma mandarin hybrid named new Texas Superstar

The most cold-hardy selection tested to date, experts say Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Satsuma Arctic Frost has been named a Texas Superstar plant by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturists. Arctic Frost is the most cold-hardy satsuma hybrid tested so far, having survived temperatures as low […]

Texas crop, weather for June 9, 2015

AgriLife expert: Texas state cotton acreage down ‘considerably’ from spring estimates Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A considerable portion of the state’s expected cotton acreage will not be planted this year primarily due to low prices and excessive rain, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “Over 300,000 acres in the […]

Riparian area management workshop set for June 11

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu KILLEEN — A “Proper Functioning Condition Riparian Workshop” will be held June 11 at the Parrie Haynes Ranch, 2419 Gann Branch Road in Killeen. The program is free and open to the public. Registration will start at 8 a.m., with programming beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m., […]

Texas crop, weather for June 2, 2015

AgriLife expert: Most corn should fare well as fields dry out Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Despite some yellowing from overly wet conditions, most of the corn in the Coastal Bend area will probably recover, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. But it’s difficult to make broad generalizations about […]

AgriLife Expert: Higher egg prices will be the norm for years

Laying facilities will take years to recover Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – It will be several years before laying facilities recover from the recent outbreak of avian influenza in the Midwest and for egg prices to return to pre-outbreak levels, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service poultry expert. Though Texas […]