Bull management is a key to successful breeding seasons

OVERTON – Bull management before and during breeding season can improve producers’ chances for reproductive success, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton, said it’s important to make sure bulls are ready and in good condition heading into breeding season. A body condition score of […]

Concho Valley Cotton Conference set for March 7 in San Angelo

SAN ANGELO – The 13th Concho Valley Cotton Conference conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is set for 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. March 7 at McNease Convention Center, 500 Rio Concho Drive in San Angelo. “There’s a lot of new information relating to West Texas cotton production, and this biennial conference is […]

Water issues in the courts could impact all landowners

AMARILLO – Ongoing water legal battles around the state and nation could set precedents that affect all landowners, so they bear watching, according to Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural law specialist in Amarillo. Dowell Lashmet, speaking at the recent High Plains Irrigation Conference, outlined several legal actions concerning the Clean Water […]

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 […]

Study at Texas A&M AgriLife center in Uvalde may help boost Texas spinach industry

UVALDE – Research at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde could help re-establish the Texas Winter Garden as one of the premiere areas for spinach production, including organic production, in the U.S. .    According to the Texas State Historical Association, spinach was planted primarily in the Texas Winter Garden area […]

South Central Texas Cattlemen’s Short Course series begins March 8

COLLEGE STATION – The 2017 South Central Texas Cattlemen’s Short Course series will feature market and production information for all beef cattle producers, according to organizers. The series will be hosted by the beef and forage committees in Brazos, Burleson, Grimes and Washington counties. Cost is $20 for individual classes or $60 per individual and […]

Youth employ technical, interpersonal skills at Agrobotics Challenge in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – Teams of 4-H and FFA members from throughout Texas applied their technical and interpersonal skills at the Agrobotics Challenge held recently at the Morris Activity Center during the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. “We had about 30 teams from various counties across the state participate in this year’s challenge,” said Derrick […]

The best window of time to trap wild pigs is about to close

OVERTON – Wild pigs are most vulnerable to trapping before food and forages become more available in the spring, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Overton, said most acorns have either been consumed or are rotting on the ground now, and wild pigs are searching for […]

High yield potential, prices prompt more High Plains cotton production

AMARILLO – With many producers in the northern High Plains considering planting cotton this year, some for the first time, one Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist is advising that optimizing irrigation and fertility will be important to their bottom line. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, recently spoke at the High Plains […]