Water quality training Dec. 8 will focus on Plum Creek

LOCKHART – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality and water management related to Plum Creek will be held from 12:30-5 p.m. Dec. 8 at the First Lockhart Baptist Church Connection Center, 200 S. Blanco St. in Lockhart. The workshop is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil […]

Researchers: High Plains cotton production can survive predicted climate changes

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Srinivasulu Ale, 940-552-9941, sriniale@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Pradip Adhikari, 940-552-9941, pradip.adhikari@ag.tamu.edu James Bordovsky, 806-746-6101, j-bordovsky@tamu.edu VERNON – Cotton production in the Texas High Plains can survive expected climate changes, especially if water is available to compensate for higher temperatures, and increased atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations can mitigate yield loss in […]

Record number of volunteers make Keep Lockhart Beautiful event a success

Activities included Plum Creek watershed cleanup, education efforts               LOCKHART – The success of watershed education and clean-up efforts during the recent Keep Lockhart Beautiful event may serve as a “ray of hope” for other areas dealing with watershed issues, said the Plum Creek Watershed coordinator. “As yet another major flooding event gives us pause […]

Homeowner Septic System workshop Nov. 10 in Seguin

SEGUIN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board will present a Homeowner Maintenance of Septic Systems Course from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 10. The class is free and will be held at the AgriLife Extension office in Guadalupe County, 210 E. Live Oak St.in […]

Ansley recognized with range society’s Outstanding Achievement Award

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jim Ansley, 940-552-9941, jansley@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – Dr. Jim Ansley, Texas A&M AgriLife Research rangeland ecologist at Vernon, was recently recognized with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Texas Section Society for Range Management during its annual meeting in Wichita Falls. The award is given “in recognition of contributions and […]

AgriLife Extension can help Texans prepare for, recover from natural disasters

Recent flooding, tornadoes reminder to be aware, prepare    FLORESVILLE — With tornadoes and floods recently affecting many areas of South Central Texas, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is reminding residents the agency provides publications and other educational materials to help prepare for and recover from natural disasters. “We’ve had tornado activity in Wilson, […]

New native plant center shaping up in South Padre Island

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Thor Lassen is counting on the generosity and involvement of donors and volunteers to give life to a native plant center at South Padre Island designed to help maintain the area’s ecosystems and tourism and educate the public. Lassen is president of Ocean Trust, a marine conservation foundation that promotes sustainable […]

AgriLife Extension sprinkler system lab to receive certification

Lab will be soon certified to test products for EPA WaterSense label Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – New lawn sprinklers have built-in pressure regulators, but how accurate are they? That’s the question he will soon be able to answer, said Charles Swanson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service irrigation specialist, College Station. Swanson […]

Cow-calf grazing practices could determine, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Richard Teague, 940-552-9941, rteague@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Seong Park, 940-552-9941, scpark@ag.tamu.edu Stan Bevers, 940-552-9941, s-bevers@tamu.edu VERNON – Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Southern Great Plains could require a change of grazing management by traditional cow-calf producers, according to a study by Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Adaptive multi-paddock grazing is […]

Wildfire maps in the hands of landowners could be a management tool

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Diana Doan-Crider, 830-324-6550, d-crider@tamu.edu  Ed Rhodes, 254-774-6060, erhodes@brc.tamus.edu COLLEGE STATION – When the wildfires are put out and the char washed away, green may start appearing in some areas, but it’s not always easy to tell what is going on with the land and what management practices are […]