Melting polar ice, rising sea levels not only climate change dangers

COLLEGE STATION —  Climate change from political and ecological standpoints is a constant in the media and with good reason, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist, but proof of its impact is sometimes found in unlikely places. “Discussions of climate change usually are focused on changes occurring in polar and temperate zones, but tropical […]

Economist: Majority of representative farms face cash shortfalls on 2016 crop harvests

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A majority of representative farms in major U.S. production regions used to project future farm financial conditions would face serious cash flow shortfalls based on 2016 crop prices, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist told members of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture. Dr. Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agricultural and […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Feb. 14

SAN ANGELO – U.S. planted wheat acres trended to their lowest since 1909 amid low prices and uncooperative weather, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist, San Angelo, said prices for Texas wheat have been in a multi-year downward trend. Texas wheat acres decreased from 6.1 million acres planted […]

Economists: No sustained rally in commodity prices seen in near term

FORT WORTH – With record corn production and higher yields in other major commodities, a low-price environment is here to stay with little catalyst to spark a rally, according to projections by agricultural economists. Dr. Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University in College Station, and Dr. Pat […]

It’s go time for vegetable gardeners

OVERTON — Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Overton, said it’s time for gardeners to plant some vegetables and prepare seedlings for others. “It’s time to plant potatoes, onions and other cool-season crops like mustard greens, kale, peas and spinach,” he said. “It’s your last window to begin seeding plants like tomatoes […]

Aquaponics seminar Feb. 23 at Overton

OVERTON – An aquaponics seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 Farm-to-Market 3053 in Overton. The seminar is free and open to the public. Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small-acreage horticulturist, Overton, said the seminar will begin with […]

Spring Landscape Irrigation Short Courses offered

COLLEGE STATION – A series of landscape irrigation short courses for licensed irrigation professionals will be held February through May with stops in College Station, Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. Licensed landscape irrigators are required to have 24 hours of continued education every three years to renew their licenses, while licensed irrigation technicians need […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Feb. 7

COLLEGE STATION – A pattern of wet weather lies ahead for much of the state following a dry winter, said the state climatologist. The rain could mean a short-term reprieve for much of the state needing moisture following the warmest winter months for Texas in decades. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, in the Texas A&M University department of atmospheric […]

New farm bill discussions kick off at Southwest Ag Issues Summit

FORT WORTH – Doing more with less to fund the next farm bill program was a recurring theme at the recent Southwest Ag Issues Summit in Fort Worth. Leaders from all major commodity groups throughout Texas and national representatives converged for two days of discussion leading up to what is anticipated to be a new […]

Texas 4-H Water Ambassadors Program set for summer debut

COLLEGE STATION – The new Texas 4-H Water Ambassador Program kicks off this summer providing youth a wealth of experience about water resources and infrastructure while touring the Lone Star State. The program is geared towards high school students seeking leadership skills and career preparedness, said David Smith, 4-H20 program coordinator with the Texas A&M […]