AgriLife Today goes daily with news from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Research

  COLLEGE STATION — AgriLife Today, the news outlet for Texas A&M AgriLife, has become a daily distribution to better serve the public with news about the state agencies it covers. The news organization previously distributed information about the AgriLife entities throughout Texas each weekday. Because of AgriLife’s far-reaching involvement in all 254 Texas counties, […]

‘Chunkapalooza’ set Oct. 10 at Kilgore College farm

Horticultural event will include pumpkin chunking contest Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, OVERTON – This year’s Chunkapalooza has something for just about anyone of any age, including pumpkin ‘chunking,’ according to event organizers. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kilgore College Demonstration […]

Horticulture economist to address Ellison floriculture fall lecture Oct. 7

COLLEGE STATION – “The Brain Doesn’t Lie: Using Neuromarketing Tools for Consumer Research” will be the topic for Dr. Marco Palma as the featured speaker for the Ellison International Floriculture Chair Distinguished Lecture Series, event coordinators said. The event is on Oct. 7, beginning with a 2 p.m. reception for Palma, who is the Texas […]

Master Gardeners from throughout Texas get ‘Superstar’ training

SAN ANTONIO – Forty-two Master Gardeners representing more than 20 Texas counties recently attended the three-day State Master Gardener Texas Superstar Training held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service facility in San Antonio. It was the first-ever statewide Master Gardener specialist training focused on the Texas Superstar program, said David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent […]

Grounds Maintenance Workshop slated for Oct. 23 in Austin

AUSTIN — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County will hold a Grounds Maintenance Workshop Oct. 23 in Austin. The program will be held at the Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Road. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with programming from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $60 through Oct. […]

Annual Texas A&M turfgrass field day set for Oct. 14 in College Station

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Richard White, 979-845-1550, COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M Turfgrass and Landscape Field Day will be held Oct. 14 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Turfgrass Field Lab on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. “This year the Texas Sports Turf Managers Association will host an […]

Nation’s researchers team up to improve, protect roses

COLLEGE STATION — People should be able to stop and smell the roses, not spray them, said Dr. David Byrne, Texas A&M AgriLife Research rose breeder in College Station. Byrne is part of two national specialty crop research projects aimed at toughening up roses’ ability to ward off diseases and other pestilences. He cited surveys […]

Giant spider webs make another appearance in Dallas area

DALLAS – While traveling down CA Roan Drive in Rowlett recently, people have been exposed to an “eerie” sight on a number of trees lining that route, said Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service urban entomologist in Dallas. “CA Roan Drive is a quiet stretch of road running through Lakeside Park South in the Dallas […]

Commercial, recreational fruit growers to gather in College Station Oct. 5-7

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, Contact: Monte Nesbitt, 979-862-1218, Dr. Russ Wallace, 806-746-4052, COLLEGE STATION — The fourth annual Texas Fruit Conference will bring together commercial and recreational growers to hear the latest on production challenges and successes,  according to Monte Nesbitt, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist in College Station. The event […]

Little Ruby alternanthera named newest Texas Superstar plant

Selection is smaller, thicker and fuller version of Joseph’s Coat Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – The ground cover plant, Little Ruby alternanthera has been named the newest Texas Superstar plant. “A lot of old-timers will probably recognize this group of plants as ‘Joseph’s Coat,’” said David Rodriguez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]