AgriLife Extension offers management options for sugarcane aphids in the High Plains

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ed Bynum, 806-677-5600, ebynum@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists are trying to help producers prepare for the likelihood of the sugarcane aphid on the Texas High Plains in 2016. Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist in Amarillo, said after 2015’s infestation, the agency’s entomologists in […]

Rice experts worldwide to convene in Galveston March 1-4

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Lee Tarpley, 409-752-2741, ltarpley@tamu.edu Dr. Ted Wilson, 409-752-2741, lt-wilson@aesrg.tamu.edu GALVESTON — More than 400 rice scientists, industry representatives, consultants and growers are expected to gather in Galveston March 1-4 for the 36th Biennial Rice Technical Working Group meeting at Moody Gardens in Galveston, officials said. “We’re expecting scientists […]

March 2 workshop to teach landowners, livestock producers online drought decision aid

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Brad Roeder, 830-997-3452, bwroeder@ag.tamu.edu   FREDERICKSBURG – A workshop about how to use an online decision aid to assist in mitigating drought losses is scheduled March 2 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Gillespie County, 95 Frederick Road in Fredericksburg. Attendees will receive an online demonstration […]

Daigle joins Texas A&M animal science as its new animal welfare expert

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Courtney Daigle, 979-862-9171, cdaigle@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Courtney Daigle, who specializes in animal welfare, has joined Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the department of animal science at Texas A&M University in both research and teaching roles. Daigle has an extensive background in both animal care and handling […]

Lack of predicted rainfall good news for South Texas winter vegetables

WESLACO  —  After two consecutive years of serious disease problems and weak market prices, South Texas winter vegetable growers are getting a break this year, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Juan Anciso, an AgriLife Extension vegetable specialist in Weslaco, said predictions of a wet El Niño winter have failed to […]

AgriLife Extension conducting custom agricultural rate survey

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Steven Klose, 979-458-1807, sklose@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service survey to collect rates charged for custom agricultural operations is being distributed to select farmers, ranchers and landowners across Texas. Dr. Steven Klose, AgriLife Extension economist in College Station, said the survey is voluntary, but […]

Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium set for Feb. 18

On-campus and webinar attendance offered Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Brian Pfeiffer, pfeiffer@tamu.edu  or pbsymposium@gmail.com COLLEGE STATION – Healthier Food for a Healthier World, the second annual Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium, will be presented Feb. 18 by Texas A&M University graduate students. The one-day research conference is open to the public and will […]

Oil and gas leasing workshop scheduled Feb. 22 in College Station

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, 806-677-5668, tiffany.dowelllashmet@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A free half-day oil and gas workshop will assist landowners in negotiating leases as well as learning more about surface agreements and other important topics, according to organizers. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 22 at the Thomas G. […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 2, 2016

Groundhog shadow or not, conditions look favorable for corn planting Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – According to various news agency reports, groundhogs across the nation, including Punxsutawney Phil, did not see their shadows today, which, by tradition, means spring will come early this year. “Regardless of what the groundhogs indicate, we are […]