Prepare now: wildfire dangers increase with high winds, lack of moisture

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ft-mccollum@tamu.edu AMARILLO – Dry winds, heavy grass and brush growth, and numerous ignition sources should prompt homeowners and landowners alike to take time now to prepare before the flames of a wildfire are at their back door, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. […]

Soil mapping may indicate success of brush control method

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bill Rogers, 979-845-0317, wer@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Mapping the long-term reaction of woody plants to brush-control techniques can help landowners prioritize management practices to maximize the effectiveness of costly brush reduction, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. Determining how soil texture impacts the resilience of a […]

Spring Ranch Management University set for April 4-8

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION –The next Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University will be April 4-8, said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program leader, in College Station. The Ranch Management […]

Agronomic, irrigation management key to maximizing corn yields

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – While producers cannot control the environment during the growing season, they can control the agronomics and irrigation, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Amarillo. Bell, speaking at the High Plains Irrigation Conference and Trade Show recently, said […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 10, 2016

Chilling hours for peaches generally on target across the state Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – It’s been a generally mild winter, and the state’s peach orchards have pretty much been doing what one would expect: “chilling,” said Monte Nesbitt, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service pecan, fruit and citrus specialist, College Station. Nesbitt […]

Wet 2015 could lead to weedy 2016

AgriLife Extension agronomist advising producers to start early on weed control Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The blessing of a wet 2015 is expected to bring the curse of a weedy 2016, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Amarillo. The above average […]

AgriLife Extension offers management options for sugarcane aphids in the High Plains

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ed Bynum, 806-677-5600, ebynum@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists are trying to help producers prepare for the likelihood of the sugarcane aphid on the Texas High Plains in 2016. Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist in Amarillo, said after 2015’s infestation, the agency’s entomologists in […]

ScottsMiracle-Gro, Texas A&M AgriLife begin construction on new research facility

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Richard White, 979-845-1550, rh-white@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Construction is starting on the ScottsMiracle-Gro Facility for Lawn and Garden Research on the Texas A&M University campus, after the recent renewal of an agreement between Texas A&M AgriLife and The Scotts Company LLC. Renewal of a Master Research Agreement and […]

March 2 workshop to teach landowners, livestock producers online drought decision aid

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Brad Roeder, 830-997-3452, bwroeder@ag.tamu.edu   FREDERICKSBURG – A workshop about how to use an online decision aid to assist in mitigating drought losses is scheduled March 2 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Gillespie County, 95 Frederick Road in Fredericksburg. Attendees will receive an online demonstration […]

Daigle joins Texas A&M animal science as its new animal welfare expert

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Courtney Daigle, 979-862-9171, cdaigle@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Courtney Daigle, who specializes in animal welfare, has joined Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the department of animal science at Texas A&M University in both research and teaching roles. Daigle has an extensive background in both animal care and handling […]