Texas Crop and Weather Report — Sept. 27

Weather patterns likely mean warm, dry winter Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, 979-862-2248, n-g@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION –  The Texas state climatologist said an expected La Niña winter weather pattern would probably not emerge and there likely will be warmer and drier conditions on average into 2017. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, […]

Armyworms are on the march

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Charles Allen, 325-653-4576, ctallen@ag.tamu.edu                 SAN ANGELO – Armyworms are now on the march, decimating huge swaths of Texas crops and pastures, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist at San Angelo.                 Dr. Charles Allen said reports of damage are streaming into his office and to […]

Proposed mergers by biotechnology firms could result in cotton seed price surge

Consumers would pay more for food and fiber Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Henry Bryant, 979-845-2116, h-bryant@tamu.edu Dr. Aleksandre Maisashvili, 979-845-2116, amaisashvili@email.tamu.edu Dr. Joe Outlaw, 979-845-5913, joutlaw@tamu.edu Dr. James Richardson, 979-845-5913, jwrichardson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Proposed mergers by the world’s leading biotechnology firms would result in steep price increases farmers pay for cotton […]

Master Beekeeper program continues with fall testing Nov. 3 in Belton

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Mary Reed, 979-845-9713 or by email at mary.reed@tamu.edu BELTON — The Texas Master Beekeepers certification program’s fall test is open for apprentice and advanced level testing Nov. 3 in Belton, according to Texas Master Beekeeping Board member Mary Reed. The exam will be held at the Bell County Expo […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Sept. 20, 2016

Wildlife populations looking good for most of the state Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. James Cathey, 979-845-7370, jccathey@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Wildlife populations around the state appear in good shape after mid-August rains created good conditions going into fall and winter, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. James Cathey, […]

Weaning calves before auction reduces stress and could increase profits

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jason Banta, 903-834-6191, jpbanta@tamu.edu OVERTON –  Spring-born calves will soon be arriving at auction markets, but producers should consider a weaning plan that will help keep calves healthier and happier, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Overton. Dr. Jason Banta said weaning […]

Turning a profit with sheep is focus of two upcoming programs

  AgriLife Extension workshops set in San Angelo Sept. 21,Granbury Sept. 27 SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct their final two free Production and Financial Benchmarking Workshops in San Angelo on Sept. 21 and Granbury on Sept. 27, organizers said. Both workshops will have similar curriculums, running from 9 a.m. […]

More than 7,700 Texas jobs estimated to be added from expanded produce importation

COLLEGE STATION – Potential economic expansion of U.S. produce imports from Mexico could lead to an estimated 7,700 Texas jobs and an economic impact of $815.2 million to the Lone Star State. Economists with the Center for North American Studies at Texas A&M University in College Station conducted a study on the economic impacts of […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Sept. 13

One of the wettest Augusts on record has water supplies and fall forages looking good COLLEGE STATION – Near-record August rains brought most of Texas out of drought conditions and improved water availability and soil moisture indexes, said weather and water experts. Dr. Kevin Wagner, deputy director of engagement at the Texas Water Resources Institute, […]

AgriLife Research looks at practicality of drone use in ranching

SAN ANGELO – They may not replace the pickup, horse or 4-wheeler, much less a good sheep dog, anytime soon, but a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist thinks drones have practical ranching applications that will expand in the near future. Dr. John Walker, resident director of research at San Angelo, said the small unmanned aircraft […]