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.

East Texas forage conference set Aug. 28

Regional conference to be held at Yamboree Fairgrounds in Gilmer Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu GILMER – The East Texas regional forage conference will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Yamboree Fairgrounds in Gilmer. Programming will focus on helping producers increase yields and lower costs, with presentations to address the […]

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles workshop set Aug. 17-18

College Station training to focus on remote plant phenotyping Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A “High-Throughput Plant Phenotyping and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” workshop is scheduled Aug. 17-18 at the Gates Ballroom, Room 2400, in the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M University Campus, College Station. Registration is limited to 250 people […]

Texas crop, weather for July 28, 2015

New, stronger El Niño may bring another drenched winter Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A super-strong El Niño now brewing in the tropical Pacific will likely bring another rain-drenched winter to large parts of Texas, said Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, College Station. But the climate scientist said he doesn’t expect a […]

Texas crop, weather for July 21, 2015

Bermuda grass stem maggot advances across Texas Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After a year of low activity, the Bermuda grass stem maggot has returned with a vengeance and spread quickly across Texas. “Since 2013, this new pest has rapidly expanded its range in Texas and is now found throughout much of […]

Texas crop, weather for July 14, 2015

State climatologist: Say goodbye to the rain for a while Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Tired of it always raining? You’re in luck; the rains will likely cease for the rest of July. “I think you can say goodbye to the rain for a while,” said Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, College […]

Training on winter pasture production set Aug. 14 at Overton

Reducing winter hay feeding one among many topics Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu OVERTON — East Texans have made a lot of hay so far this year, but because rains delayed harvesting, fertilization and herbicide treatments, much of it may be of low quality, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “That’s why […]

Texas crop, weather for July 7, 2015

One benefit of all the rains were fewer grasshoppers overall Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Though there have been reports of high grasshopper populations in some areas, generally the pest’s numbers statewide are much lower this year. “Our expectations this year were that grasshopper numbers would be lower because during heavy rains […]

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 […]