New wheat disease notification tool offered to producers this season

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Charlie Rush, 806-354-5804, crush@ag.tamu.edu Jacob Price, 806-677-5600, japrice@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Multiple wheat viral pathogens affect wheat grown in the Texas High Plains and cause devastating losses to wheat production, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Research experts. This year, however, a system has been developed to give producers a […]

Cattle producers can add revenue through cost-effective calf management

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Mac Young, 361-265-9203, amyoung@ag.tamu.edu CORPUS CHRISTI – A new Farm Assistance study conducted by specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reveals cattle producers can add significant net cash farm income to their operations on top of already high cattle prices by implementing cost-effective calf management practices. As […]

AgriLife Extension offers estate planning workshops in Lubbock, Lamb counties in September

    Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Robert Scott, 806-775-1680, rj-scott@tamu.edu Mandi Seaton, 806-385-4222, mkseaton@ag.tamu.edu   LUBBOCK – South Plains landowners seeking farm and ranch estate planning information will have two chances to find it in September. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct two estate planning seminars with similar curriculums on Sept. […]

Texas crop, weather for Aug. 26, 2014

Agronomist gives ‘heads-up’ over armyworm concerns in headed-out sorghum Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts warn grain sorghum producers they should now be ever more vigilant in scouting for armyworms in the coming weeks as the crop heads out. “The second-generation trap counts showed they were very […]

Dairy provisions highlight Muleshoe farm bill educational program

    Dr. Joe Outlaw, co-director, Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, and Dr. Scott Brown nationally recognized dairy economist, to speak Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jackie Smith, 806-746-6101,  j-smith34@tamu.edu   MULESHOE – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct an educational program on the 2014 farm bill’s dairy […]

Ranchers weigh options on replacement heifers amid historic high prices

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Stan Bevers, 940-552-9941, sbevers@ag.tamu.edu Editor’s note: This report has a video available at http://youtu.be/YBmgINs4Ayc  COLLEGE STATION – When it comes to replacement heifers in beef cattle operations, producers are faced with a dilemma: Raise them, buy them or sell them and “take the money and run,” said a Texas A&M […]

Crops/weed management tour set for Sept. 8 near White Deer

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Brandon McGinty,806-669-8033, b-mcginty@tamu.edu Jody Bradford, 806-537-3882, jmbradfo@ag.tamu.edu WHITE DEER – A Crops/Weed Management Tour, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Carson and Gray counties, will be held Sept. 8, starting at the Carson County Gin west of White Deer. The program will begin at 10:30 […]

Wilson County beef cattle program slated for Sept. 17 in Floresville

FLORESVILLE – The Wilson County Fall Beef Cattle Educational Program has been set for the evening of Sept. 17 at the Wilson County Show Barn, 435 U.S. Highway 97 East in Floresville. The program is free, and presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Wilson County Farm Bureau. “This educational program will address […]

TV Asahi America crew visits South Central Texas

News team visits agricultural producers to show drought, explain rising beef prices to Japanese consumers SAN ANTONIO – “How do you say ‘howdy’ in Japanese?” Roy Flora, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for agriculture and natural resources for Bexar County, jokingly asked a Japanese television crew during their recent visit to South Central Texas. […]

Five-State Beef Conference sessions set Sept. 9-11 in three states

Sessions to be held in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ft-mccollum@tamu.edu AMARILLO – High cattle markets and lingering drought conditions have beef producers continually planning to maximize their assets – water, grass and cattle. Beef producers from five states can hear from experts on these […]