Entomologists sniff out new stink bug to help soybean farmers control damage

BEAUMONT — Entomologists in Texas got a whiff of a new stink bug doing economic damage to soybeans in Texas and are developing ways to help farmers combat it, according to a report in the journal Environmental Entomology. Various types of stink bugs have long been a problem on soybean crops, but when sweeps of […]

McFarland to retire after long career with Texas A&M

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Mark McFarland has worn many hats during his 35-year career with the Texas A&M University System, but on Aug. 31, he will be removing them all. Gone will be the hat he wore as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service soil fertility specialist in College Station. […]

Salt marsh on Texas coast gets an AgriLife Research helping hand

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Rusty Feagin, 979-862-2612, feaginr@tamu.edu Thomas Huff, thomas2013@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Troubled salt marshes, a crucial component of the Texas coast, recently got a helping hand from Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M University. The work was coordinated by Dr. Rusty Feagin, an AgriLife Research coastal scientist in the […]

Pest control experts learn by doing at Texas A&M AgriLife program

DALLAS – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas recently held an inaugural hands-on integrated pest management, or IPM, training class for more than a dozen professionals and paraprofessionals in the business of pest control. The class was the first to be offered using the IPM Experience House, a facility designed to […]

Water quality training Sept. 9 in Rancho Viejo will focus on the Brownsville-Resaca watersheds

RANCHO VIEJO – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality issues related to the Brownsville-Resaca watersheds will be held from 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 9 at the Rancho Viejo Resort and Country Club, 1 Rancho Viejo Drive. The workshop is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water […]

Floating classroom passes from Aggies to Longhorns

BROWNSVILLE SHRIMP BASIN —  After serving almost 14 years as an Aggie floating classroom for thousands of students along the Texas Gulf Coast, the R/V Karma is changing hands  —  and names. The floating classroom is now docked at the Brownsville Shrimp Basin for cosmetic and mechanical repairs. The R/V Karma, formerly owned and operated […]

Bountiful rains bring abundant weeds; wildfires sure to follow

Management before dry-down critical Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Tim Steffens, 806-651-2781, tsteffens@wtamu.edu AMARILLO – Record rainfall will almost certainly lead to a dangerous wildfire year if proper management actions are not taken before everything dries down, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “We’ve had a phenomenal year for rainfall, and […]

Water, energy, food symposium set Nov. 19 in Austin

Limited registration opens Aug. 15 Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: David Smith, 979-862-1989, DWSmith@ag.tamu.edu AUSTIN – In a time of increased competition for limited natural resources, evolving social preferences, expanding global markets and climate uncertainty, the agriculture industry needs to be talking about how it will feed 9 billion people by 2050. Navigating Agriculture […]

Feral hog and healthy streams program set for Sept. 1 in Seguin

SEGUIN — A Feral Hog Workshop and Lone Star Healthy Streams program will be held Sept. 1 in Seguin. The program will be from 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Guadalupe County, 210 E. Live Oak St. The workshop is free and the catered lunch is $10. “Feral hogs negatively impact water quality […]

Lone Star Healthy Streams workshop set Aug. 20 in Edna

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Matt Brown, 979-862-8072, matthew.brown@ag.tamu.edu EDNA – A Lone Star Healthy Streams workshop is set for Aug. 20 at the Jackson County Services Building, 411 N. Wells in Edna. The free workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lunch provided. Three general continuing education credits will be […]