Texas Crop and Weather Report — March 21

COLLEGE STATION – Early spring conditions may have disrupted bedding plant producer schedules, but milder-than-normal conditions could mean an extended growing season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Charlie Hall, professor of horticulture, College Station, said early spring conditions for Texas and much of the southeastern U.S. and Central Midwest have […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — March 14

SAN ANGELO – Despite declining numbers, sheep and goats continue to be in demand and fetch good prices in Texas, said Bill Thompson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, San Angelo. Texas produces more sheep and goats than any other state, Thompson said. Texas produced more goats than the next 10 U.S. states combined, and […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — March 7

COLLEGE STATION – Rising fuel prices could mean higher costs for producers and eventually consumers, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Mark Welch, College Station, said he saw indications of fuel prices bottoming out late last year. And since January, there have been signs of overall inflation within the economy. Higher fuel […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Feb. 28

COLLEGE STATION – Cattle market prices have been on the rise as feedlots and meat packers try to keep up with demand, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Recent rises in cattle prices have been due to various market conditions from the pasture to the grill, said Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension economist, […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Feb. 22

COLLEGE STATION — Cotton acres in Texas will likely increase as producers seek an alternative to grains this season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grains marketing economist, College Station, said 4.5 million acres of planted wheat this crop season compared to the 6 million acres planted normally […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Feb. 14

SAN ANGELO – U.S. planted wheat acres trended to their lowest since 1909 amid low prices and uncooperative weather, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist, San Angelo, said prices for Texas wheat have been in a multi-year downward trend. Texas wheat acres decreased from 6.1 million acres planted […]

It’s go time for vegetable gardeners

OVERTON — Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Overton, said it’s time for gardeners to plant some vegetables and prepare seedlings for others. “It’s time to plant potatoes, onions and other cool-season crops like mustard greens, kale, peas and spinach,” he said. “It’s your last window to begin seeding plants like tomatoes […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Feb. 7

COLLEGE STATION – A pattern of wet weather lies ahead for much of the state following a dry winter, said the state climatologist. The rain could mean a short-term reprieve for much of the state needing moisture following the warmest winter months for Texas in decades. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, in the Texas A&M University department of atmospheric […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Jan. 31

CORPUS CHRISTI — Dr. Carlos Fernandez, Texas A&M AgriLife Research agronomist, Corpus Christi, said cropland preparations in the area are on target and fields look good amid favorable conditions. “Fields are clear and farmers are preparing soil beds for planting,” he said. “Everything looks to be on or ahead of schedule.” Herbicides and tillage have […]

It’s prime time to plant fruit trees

UVALDE – Fruit tree lovers should plant sooner rather than later, said Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Uvalde. “Right now is the prime time to plant and get the roots established before springtime,” he said. “The sooner the better.” Stein said it’s important for growers and homeowners who want to plant […]