Texas Crop and Weather Report — Aug. 24

Recent rains likely to boost hay production outlook Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4008, l-redmon@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Good quality cuttings of hay could be in the future for hay producers across the state following widespread rains. Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program leader, College Station, said spring […]

Breeding soundness exams can prevent a financial wreck at the ranch

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — The importance of a breeding soundness exam in herd bulls can prevent costly revenue losses, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Stan Bevers, AgriLife Extension economist in Vernon, shared the data from a large New Mexico ranch recently during the 62nd Texas A&M Beef […]

Plan ahead for fall and winter forages

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Mid- and late August is a good time for producers to plan ahead for winter forages, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension forage specialist in Overton. Since most fall, winter and spring forages perform best when planted in late September through […]

Health benefits of beef brisket discussed at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas barbecue is famous for beef brisket and as a bonus for barbecue fans, it has many healthful traits, said Dr. Stephen Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Ground beef produced from the brisket contains high levels of oleic acid, which increases levels of HDL or good […]

Future Texas agriculture leaders begin two-year study

Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program recently held in College Station Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu  Contact: Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz, 979-845-1554, jim.mazurkiewicz@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Josh Louder stood in amazement, watching the speed and efficiency of local watermelons being sorted and packed by a team of personnel at a facility near College Station recently. Louder, like […]

East Texas Garden Lecture Series will continue Sept. 10 in Tyler

 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Learn your beneficial and pest insects Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Chad Gulley, 903-590-2980, chad.gulley@ag.tamu.edu TYLER — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Smith County will continue its 2016 East Texas Garden Lecture Series Sept. 10 with a program on beneficial and pest insects. Erfan […]

Backyard poultry producers should take precautions against salmonella

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Craig Coufal, 979-845-4319, cdcoufal@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Exposure to salmonella from live poultry can be prevented if producers take the necessary precautions, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. The popularity of backyard poultry flocks has increased over the last several years, but recent outbreaks of […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Aug. 9

Vegetable crops were faring well under prime conditions in 2016 Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Samuel Zapata, 956-968-5581, samuel.zapata@ag.tamu.edu; Dr. Robert Hogan, 830-278-9151, rhogan@ag.tamu.edu WESLACO – It will be some time before Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists have a solid tally for total vegetable acres planted and their value to producers, but […]

‘Managing for Today and Tomorrow’ course for farming women begins Sept. 1 in Fort Worth

Contacts: Fred Hall, 817-884-1946; fmhall@ag.tamu.edu FORT WORTH – A new Annie’s Project course to educate farming women about transitioning farm and ranch operations to the next generation will be hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Tarrant County on Sept. 1. “Creating a transition plan to make sure a farm continues as a […]

Dr. Luc Berghman awarded Zoetis Fundamental Science Award

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Luc Berghman, 979-847-7387, luc-r-berghman@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Luc Berghman, associate professor in the departments of poultry science and veterinary pathobiology at Texas A&M University in College Station and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, received a microscope from his biologist uncle when he was a child, and he’s been […]