May 16 Texas Ag Forum to feature agricultural transportation issues

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu AUSTIN – Agricultural transportation will be the focus of the 2016 Texas Ag Forum scheduled May 16 at the Hilton Austin Airport, organizers said. The forum will feature presentations from transportation experts and farm group representatives. “We thought it would be good to bring the agricultural and transportation experts […]

Rojo Ranch to feature walking tour of Katahdin sheep operation May 14

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dusty Tittle, 979-823-0129, c-tittle@tamu.edu CALDWELL – A walking tour of the Rojo Ranch, a working Katahdin sheep operation, is set for May 14 from 9-10 a.m. in Caldwell. The ranch is located at 305 County Road 108. “This is a unique opportunity for area livestock producers to get a […]

Red, white, blue beef cattle system aims to improve calving efficiency

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Sawyer, 979-862-7679, j-sawyer@tamu.edu McGREGOR – A patriotic color scheme used in a cattle production system study aims to make cow-calf production more efficient and ultimately produce more pounds of beef with fewer acres, according to researchers. The project is part of a broader scope of research studies […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — April 26

By: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: John Nielsen-Gammon, 979-862-2248, n-g@tamu.edu Ronnie Schnell, 979-845-2935, ronschnell@tamu.edu   Recent rains brought a ‘mixed bag’ for Texas producers COLLEGE STATION —  Precipitation from a mid-April storm system was good and bad for Texas farmers, according to the state climatologist. Heavy rains caused flooding in some areas of the state […]

Annual eBeam workshop gives attendees access to technology

By: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Suresh Pillai, 979-845-2994, spillai@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The National Center for Electron Beam Research at Texas A&M University in College Station hosted its seventh annual workshop recently to address the needs of the food, phytosanitary, agribusiness, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. More than 30 attendees from five countries, including […]

Key performance indicators help identify more profitable areas for ranchers

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Stan Bevers, 940-552-9941, s-bevers@tamu.edu FORT WORTH – Viewed as a report card for a cattle operation, key performance indicators, also known as KPIs, can assist beef producers in measuring factors crucial to an operation. Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, Vernon, discussed KPIs at the 2016 Texas […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – April 20, 2016

Corn and sorghum appear on track in 2016 COLLEGE STATION — Corn and sorghum crops appear to be on time and on track to produce average yields for producers around the state, said Ronnie Schnell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state cropping systems specialist, College Station. Corn acreage is a little behind the five-year average, […]

Stocking new ponds with fish is a process

By: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Todd Sink, 979-845-7471, Todd.Sink@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Spring is a good time for landowners with new ponds to begin stocking fish but a planned approach is recommended, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension fisheries specialist Todd Sink. “A lot of people think you just put fish in a pond […]

Bushland Canola Field Tour set for May 3

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu Austin Voyles, 806-373-0713, Austin.voyles@ag.tamu.edu BUSHLAND – The Bushland Canola Field Tour has been set for May 3 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Bush Farm, located at 600 Farm-to-Market Road 2381 north of Bushland. The tour will begin with registration from 9-9:30 a.m. and […]

Beef cattle producers should seek every pound of gain possible

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Mac Young, 361-265-9203, amyoung@ag.tamu.edu FORT WORTH – In a high or low cattle market environment, capturing the most pounds per calf affects a producer’s bottom line, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Mac Young, AgriLife Extension economist in Corpus Christi, told attendees at the recent Texas and […]