Summertime pond management requires planning and caution

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, Contact: Dr. Billy Higginbotham, 903-834-6191, OVERTON – Phone calls about out-of-control aquatic vegetation are a common midsummer occurrence, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife and fisheries specialist Dr. Billy Higginbotham. However, he said, pond owners should proceed with caution when treating aquatic weeds in ponds where fish are […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — July 19

Heat stress noted among many dryland crops as high temperatures persist Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, Contact: Dr. Lee Tarpley, 409-752-2741, Dr. Ted Wilson, 409-752-3045, BEAUMONT — Heat is stressing crops, pastures and gardens throughout Texas. The majority of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service districts reported daytime temperatures exceeding the high 90s, with […]

AgriLife Research remote sensing technology aims to solve critical crop diseases

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Dr. Alex Thomasson, 979-458-3598, COLLEGE STATION – Sensor technology could possibly solve many challenges of crop production,  and Texas A&M AgriLife Research faculty are aggressively attempting to find new solutions. Dr. Alex Thomasson, an AgriLife Research biological and agricultural engineer, and Dr. Seth Murray, AgriLife Research corn breeder, […]

Cattle market outlook to be featured at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 1

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, COLLEGE STATION – A comprehensive cattle market outlook will be one of the featured presentations during the general session of the 62nd Beef Cattle Short Course at Texas A&M University in College Station Aug. 1-3. During the Aug. 1 general session, Duane Lenz, market […]

Northeast Texas grape growers gather in Harleton to learn, share

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, Contact: Michael Cook, 940-349-2896, HARLETON — Altus Koegelenberg, owner and operator of Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard and Winery in Harleton, planted his first vine in 2005 when growing wine grapes in East Texas was a fledgling idea. In little more than a decade, he has expanded the vineyard to include […]

2016 season underway at farmers markets around the state

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, Contact: Marco Palma, 979-845-5284, Joe Masabni, 903-834-6191, TYLER – A morning breeze ruffled the flaps of a circus-type tent bustling with customers buying locally produced goods from honey to banana bread to zucchinis and freshly shelled peas from the farmers who produced them. The Tyler Farmers Market was […]

East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference to offer tips, tricks for amateur and expert growers

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, Contact: Dr. Joe Masabni, 903-834-6191, OVERTON — The inaugural East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference will offer professional and amateur producers tips on everything from wildlife management to vegetable and fruit production and marketing. The event will be Aug. 19 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, […]

Texas Forest Country planning Stronger Economies Together program

Contact: Rebekka Dudensing, 979-845-1719, COLLEGE STATION – A group of East Texas counties in the Texas Forest Country region has been selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development to participate in the Stronger Economies Together program. The program is designed to help multi-county teams strengthen skills and resources for collaborating on economic […]

Grass grazing, animal management school starts July 21in Canadian

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Andy Holloway, 806-323-9114, CANADIAN – The 10-month Hemphill County Grass Grazing and Animal Management School coordinated by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Hemphill County will kick off July 21 in Canadian. The school will meet for four hours each session on the third Thursday of […]

McGregor Research Center serving as ‘nexus’ of Texas A&M AgriLife beef initiative

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Dr. Jason Sawyer, 979-862-7679, McGREGOR – It’s billed by some as a best kept secret, but nestled back off Farm-to-Market Road 773 in McGregor lies the nexus of activity for Texas A&M AgriLife’s sustainable beef solutions research. This type of research provides science-based recommendations to help ranchers maintain […]