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 May 27, 2015

Heavy weather pattern may break in the next two weeks Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – Both the El Niño pattern and global warming are the usual suspects for a large, high-level low-pressure area and the resulting catastrophic weather, but neither can be blamed, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist. “We’re currently […]

Class on high-strength wastewater systems set June 29-30

Temple class offers education opportunities for licensed site evaluators, designers, installers, regulators and other professionals Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, TEMPLE – A two-day class, Analyzing Wastewater Systems for High Strength and Hydraulic Loading, has been set June 29-30 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 720 East Blackland Road, Temple. The class […]

Two AgriLife Research engineers receive international water-resources awards

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research water resources experts have been chosen as laureates at the 15th World Water Congress, held in Edinburgh, Scotland, recently. Dr. Vijay Singh, distinguished professor with the department of biological and agricultural engineering department at Texas A&M University, College Station, has been selected to receive the International Water […]

Smith County Master Gardeners to host statue dedication ceremony

Bronze sculpture is dedicated to the memory of Sue Adee Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, TYLER — The Smith County Master Gardener Association will hold a dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. June 4 to unveil a bronze sculpture named “A Woman’s Touch,” dedicated to the memory of Master Gardener Sue Adee. The ceremony will be […]

AgriLife Research engineer develops real-time listeria biosensor prototype

Eventually, chip-based device should detect pathogen within minutes Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M AgriLife Research engineer and a Florida colleague have developed a biosensor that can detect listeria bacterial contamination within two or three minutes. “We hope to soon be able to detect levels as low as one bacteria […]

Texas crop, weather for May 19, 2015

Wet conditions continued to delay hay harvesting throughout much of the state Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – Continued heavy rains through the South, Central, Southeast, East and North regions of the state delayed hay harvesting, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. The current cool, extremely wet conditions in many areas […]

Lampasas River Watershed Partnership meeting to discuss conservation assistance

LAMPASAS — A meeting of the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership will be held from 6-8 p.m. on May 21 at the Lampasas County Farm Bureau Building, 1793 U.S. Highway 281, Lampasas. “At the meeting, individuals will receive an update on the progress made on implementing the watershed protection plan over the past year,” said Lisa […]

Texas crop, weather for May 12, 2015

Rains continued to delay fieldwork, hay harvesting Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – Rain continued to push back the drought, but producers in much of the eastern part of the state felt like they were being washed away, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reports. In the last seven days, all of […]

‘Jewels in the Garden’ conference set June 6 in Tyler

Conference to honor longtime Smith County Gardener posthumously Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199,> TYLER – “Jewels in the Garden,” a conference planned for more than a year by Smith County Master Gardeners, will be held June 6 at the Tyler Rose Garden Center, 420 Rose Park Drive, Tyler. The conference has taken on special meaning […]

Annual Luling Foundation Field Day slated for May 21

Topics will range from honey production to agricultural drones Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, LULING – The 88th annual Luling Foundation Field Day will be held May 21 in the Luling Foundation Demonstration Barn, 523 S. Mulberry St. in Luling. The field day is free and open to the public, and will begin with registration […]