Big data is coming to agriculture

BRYAN – Unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous tractors and other technologies will continue to emerge as producers meet world food needs in the near and distant future, according to experts. Those experts believe technology will continue to emerge and make possible giant leaps throughout the next decade as agriculture industries and producers work to meet world […]

Winter months a good time to prepare for spring gardening

OVERTON — December is the time to plan and prepare for spring gardens, said Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small-acreage vegetable specialist, Overton. East Texas spring gardens are finished producing and the fall garden should be in full swing, he said. So in down months like December, it’s best to get organized […]

BIG Conference cotton session to feature new production trends

WACO – New trends in cotton production, plus a policy update from the National Cotton Council, will be part of the Blackland Income Growth Conference cotton session Dec. 13. The conference will be held at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. in Waco, and is sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Nov. 29

UVALDE – Pecan producers expected better yields and quality, but 2016 is shaping up to be a hit-or-miss year, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Uvalde, said many locations around the central and southeastern parts of the state were disappointed by the quality and quantity of their […]

U.S. decline in meat protein consumption raises concern for Texas A&M scientist

COLLEGE STATION – A 14 percent decline in U.S. consumer meat consumption over the past decade has caused alarm with one Texas A&M AgriLife scientist who warns the effects could be dire for overall human health and child development. Dr. Guoyao Wu, distinguished professor in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, said […]

Two special programs part of BIG Conference Dec. 13 in Waco

WACO – Two special programs of the 55th annual Blackland Income Growth Conference Dec. 13 will address agriculture and health as well as tomorrow’s youth leaders, coordinators said. Both will be held at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. in Waco From the Ground Up: Connecting Agriculture and Health will be held from 9 […]

Hydrologic modeling could direct eco-friendly urban, rural land development

TEMPLE – Dr. Jaehak Jeong sees the effects development has on the Lampasas River watershed every time it rains and water streams toward storm drains. Jeong, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research associate professor, develops hydrologic models at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Temple.  He said he hopes the Soil and Water […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Nov. 22

COLLEGE STATION — Lower prices for milk and pork mean consumers should expect holiday treats and meals to cost a little less this year, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension livestock economist, College Station, said items such as milk, butter, cheese, cream, hams, pork trimmings and bacon should […]

East Texas: Timing fertilization of winter pastures proving tricky amid drought, above-average temperatures

OVERTON – Fertilizing to produce quality winter annual forages, such as ryegrass or small grains, has been difficult for East Texas producers to time as above-average temperatures and moderate drought continue, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist, Overton. Corriher-Olson has received many calls from producers recently regarding the best time […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Nov. 15

COLLEGE STATION – Consumers are likely to find better prices on holiday turkeys, other poultry and eggs this year compared to previous years, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife expert and market data. Dr. Craig Coufal, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service poultry specialist, College Station, said reasonable feed prices have helped keep egg and poultry […]