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 April 14, 2015

Cotton plantings a week to 10 days behind Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Only about 5 percent of Texas cotton is planted, down from the five-year average of 12 percent for this time of year, according to the latest weekly reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel across the state. But […]

Landowner issue conference set May 8 in Lufkin

Topics to include estate planning, groundwater issues and fracturing facts Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.eduu LUFKIN – “The Value of Land,” a conference on issues affecting landowners, will be held May 8 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Angelina County, 2201 S. Medford Drive in Lufkin. Topics will include: — Issues Affecting […]

Texas crop, weather for April 7, 2015

Sugarcane aphid infestations early in the season could be much greater this year Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – This year, the sugarcane aphid has been found overwintering much farther north than previously expected, according to Dr. Robert Bowling, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist, Corpus Christi. This means the potential for sugarcane […]

Media Advisory: 2015 East Texas Horticultural Field Day at Overton

What: Outdoor tests of more than 400 ornamental plant varieties grown or tested under East Texas sun and heat. When: June 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Where: The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton, 1710 N. Farm-to-Market Road 3053, Overton, Texas 75684. Who: Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas A&M AgriLife Research […]

Pineywoods Cattle Congress set April 17 in San Augustine County

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu SAN AUGUSTINE – This year’s Pineywoods Cattle Congress on April 17 will address strategies on the new economics of beef cattle production, said Cary Sims, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Angelina County. “With cattle prices at historical highs, the first topic of the day will focus on these […]

Texas crop, weather for March 31, 2015

Peach crop could be the best in years Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Conditions are so favorable for an outstanding Texas peach crop this year that he almost hates to talk about them lest he jinxes the crop, joked Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist for fruits, nuts and […]

Thirty-year study looks at Bermuda grass sustainability without fertilizer

Forage scientist: Bermuda grass pasture stands can be very sustainable without nitrogen Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu OVERTON – In an East Texas study on sandy, low-fertility soils, Bermuda grass pastures that have not received nitrogen fertilizer since the fall of 1984 are still in production, according to Dr. Monte Rouquette, Texas A&M AgriLife Research […]

Texas crop, weather for March 24, 2015

Too much of a good thing further delays plantings Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – All parts of the state received more precipitation in the last week, further delaying planting of spring crops in many areas, according to reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. On March 24, the National Weather Service […]

North Texas Municipal Water District wins ‘Blue Legacy’ award

Award based on adoption of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Water My Yard program Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu DALLAS – The North Texas Municipal Water District has won the Water Conservation Advisory Council’s “Blue Legacy” award for the Water My Yard program. According to the advisory council’s announcement of this year’s winners: “The Council celebrates […]

Texas crop, weather for March 17, 2015

Wet weather continues to deter corn planting Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Frequent rains and the resultant soggy field conditions continued to keep producers from planting corn and other crops in some parts of the state, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. “We just had cold weather that kept people […]