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, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Monte Nesbitt, 979-862-1218, MLNesbitt@tamu.edu Dr. Russ Wallace, 806-746-4052, rwwallace@ag.tamu.edu 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, rd-burns@tamu.edu 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 […]

Mary, Mary – or Ron – how does your garden grow?

Vegetable raising tips for the High Plains offered at 4 workshops in Amarillo Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ron French, 806-677-5600, rdfrench@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – A home-size garden might not be the traditional workplace for a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist, but Dr. Ron French is spending some extra time this year […]

New website aimed at professionals who manage lawns, golf and athletic turf

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Casey Reynolds, 979-845-0603, casey.reynolds@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Homeowners and professional landscapers alike who are looking for answers to questions like “what grass should I plant in the shade?” or “what grass tolerates foot traffic best?” have a new place to go for answers. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension […]

Organic farmers to share info with beginning farmers, home gardeners

SEGUIN — Home gardeners and beginning farmers who want to learn techniques for organic and sustainable production are encouraged to attend a workshop Aug. 11 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2801 Jay Road, Seguin. The event will be from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The $95 per person registration fee includes lunch. Reservations should be emailed to […]

Edible plants give gardeners something to ‘chew on’

AUSTIN – It is possible for home gardeners in Central Texas to have their landscapes and eat them too. At least that is the conclusion of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturists in Bexar and Travis counties. Daphne Richards, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Travis County, said there are many edible plants that also have ornamental […]

Turfgrass Field Day set for July 13 in Lubbock

  Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Vikram Baliga 806-775-1740, vikram.b.baliga@gmail.com Robert Scott, 806-775-1740, rscott@ag.tamu.edu   LUBBOCK – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Lubbock is partnering with Texas Tech University’s department of plant and soil science to conduct their second annual Turfgrass Field Day July 13 in Lubbock. The event will start with registration […]

Heavy grasshopper infestations warrant treatment

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ed Bynum, 806-677-5600, ebynum@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Farmers and homeowners alike are battling against a heavy infestation of grasshoppers in the High Plains, and while tiny now, without treatment they could double in size, numbers and amount of damage. “Looks like it could be a bad year for grasshoppers,” […]

Multi-agency San Saba County Conservation Expo set for July 16

Central Texas Conservation Partnership educational event to offer variety of topics Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Neal Alexander, 325-372-5416, n-alexander@tamu.edu SAN SABA – A mix of topics ranging from pecan tree management to fire ecology will be offered during the San Saba County Conservation Expo set from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 16 at the […]