AgriLife Extension program Sept. 2 to show state flower’s color power

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present “The Colorization of Texas Bluebonnets” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 2 in Suite 208 of the AgriLife Extension office for Bexar County, 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive in San Antonio. “This will be a comprehensive program about our state flower and the many ongoing efforts to […]

AgriLife Research-bred winter-hardy hibiscus nearer to U.S. markets

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, 940-552-9941, dmalinow@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – Five winter-hardy hibiscus lines nurtured from tiny stem tip clippings to foot-wide flowers could see commercialization in 2015 through research overseen by Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant physiologist and forage agronomist in Vernon. The winter-hardy hibiscus breeding program was […]

Irrigation auditing/scheduling software migrates to ‘the cloud’

Irrigation system managers can design systems anywhere there’s Wi-Fi Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A newly launched website will allow persons to audit an irrigation system completely from the field using mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service engineer. “This is a major […]

Garden enthusiasts to gather for Greater Houston Plant Conference Sept. 12

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Paul Winski, 281-855-5600, Paul.Winski@ag.tamu.edu HOUSTON — Trees and shrubs, annuals and perennials, marketing trends, breeding programs and plant trials — all will be discussed by industry experts at the Greater Houston Plant Conference Sept. 12. The event will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Texas A&M […]

Chicken is main course for AgriLife Extension backyard poultry workshop

    Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Robert Scott, 806-775-1680, rj-scott@tamu.edu   LUBBOCK – Anyone interested in learning more about keeping a home chicken flock should attend the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Backyard Poultry Production workshop set from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 18 in Lubbock. The workshop will be held at the AgriLife Extension […]

Failed vegetable growers invited to garden class series

EDINBURG —  Whether you’ve got a green thumb or a brown one for failing to grow healthy vegetables in the sweltering heat of South Texas, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for Hidalgo County is offering a series of classes to improve your skills and go organic. AgriLife Extension is offering their annual evening gardening […]

AgriLife Extension sets Lubbock Pecan Production Seminar

    Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Robert Scott, 806-775-1680, rj-scott@tamu.edu   LUBBOCK – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Pecan Production Seminar, beginning with registration from 9-9:30 a.m. and lasting until noon on Aug. 12 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock. The center is located […]

Earth-Kind Landscape School to be held in San Antonio

Four-part series in September and October will address best home landscaping practices SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Water Star Program will present the four-part “Earth-Kind Landscape School for Homeowners” program on four Saturdays during September and October, said program coordinators at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County. The school will be from […]

Prevention, management tips offered for citrus disease found in Harris County

HOUSTON — Owners of citrus trees in Harris County should be on the lookout for carriers and symptoms of a disease recently discovered there, experts with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service said. Citrus greening was confirmed in a tree at a retail nursery south of Houston on July 16. The disease, which is spread […]

Urban food desert pilot project an ‘oasis’ for at-risk youth

AgriLife Extension-led project involves teens in horticulture, health, nutrition, more SAN ANTONIO – An urban food desert pilot project in the nation’s seventh-largest city is teaching young people how to create a food “oasis” in their community, while learning important life skills, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “An urban food desert is an […]