Texas crop, weather for June 30, 2015

Much of peach crop excellent quality, quantity Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – As predicted in March, this year’s peach crop is turning out to be one of the best in many years. In March, Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist at Uvalde, noted that peaches throughout the state had […]

Stocker cattle program set for July 8 in West

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Shane McLellan, 254-757, s-mclellan@tamu.edu WEST  – A stocker cattle program is set for July 8 at the West Auction Barn, 20645 N. Interstate Highway 35 in West. The program is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in McLennan, Limestone, Bell, Bosque, Hill and Coryell counties. […]

Acuff appointed to national advisory committee

Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Gary Acuff, director of the Texas A&M Center for Food Safety in College Station, has been appointed as a new member of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. The appointment was made recently by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The national committee provides […]

Beginning Ranchers Educational Program draws lots of questions, interest in expanding operations

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Tom Hairgrove, 979-458-3216, tbhairgrove@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – More than 70 beginning ranchers new to the cattle business heard in-depth discussions on methods to produce and market cattle during a two-day workshop held at Texas A&M University in College Station. The workshop was sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife […]

Stiles Farm Field Day held indoors due to Tropical Storm Bill

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu TAYLOR – With the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill making its way toward Williamson County, the Stiles Farm Field Day, traditionally held in Thrall, was moved indoors for the first time in its 52-year history. More than 150 farmers made the short trip to the Knights of Columbus Hall in […]

Teenage aspiring veterinarians receive hands-on training at Texas A&M

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Joe Mask, 979-845-4353, joe.mask@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A group of aspiring teenage veterinarians received hands-on training recently during the Texas 4-H Veterinary Science Camp at the O.D. Butler Jr. Animal Science Center in College Station. The event coincided with Texas 4-H Roundup week. Experts from the Texas A&M […]

Texas crop, weather for June 23, 2015

Rice situation varies widely; much never got planted Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After years of having not enough water to grow rice, many of the major production areas of the state got too much, according to reports by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel in the major rice growing counties. The […]

Texas crop, weather for June 16, 2015

Pre-harvest wheat sprouting not as severe as anticipated Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – In late May, it appeared many wheat growers were poised to suffer big discounts because of pre-harvest sprouting of winter wheat, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “In the Blacklands and East Texas, from the reports I’ve […]

Beef export market to be featured at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Cleere, 979-845-6931, jjcleere@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The beef export market and its future potential for the U.S. will be among topics covered during the Aug. 3 general session of the 2015 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station. Dan Halstrom, senior vice president of global […]

Study examines health benefits of horseback riding

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Dennis Sigler, 979-862-3595, dsigler@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION  – A study revealed many benefits for those engaging in horseback riding activities and for the first time, attempted to define the amount of energy expended in several common riding events. Dr. Dennis Sigler, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horse specialist […]