Texas Hill Country Range Management Workshop set for July 10 in Leakey

LEAKEY — A Texas Hill Country Range Management Workshop will be held July 10 in Leakey. The workshop will be from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Frio Springs Lodges, 692 Evergreen St. Registration will be from 9-9:30 a.m. with presentations to follow. The program is being presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office […]

Heavy grasshopper infestations warrant treatment

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ed Bynum, 806-677-5600, ebynum@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Farmers and homeowners alike are battling against a heavy infestation of grasshoppers in the High Plains, and while tiny now, without treatment they could double in size, numbers and amount of damage. “Looks like it could be a bad year for grasshoppers,” […]

Texas water laws will be topic of July 2 webinar

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, 806-677-5668, tdowell@tamu.edu Pete Flores, 361-362-9201, Pete.Flores@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – “Texas Water: Basic Law and Current Hot Topics” will be the subject of the July 2 webinar by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit. The webinar is a part of the Texas Range […]

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. […]

Sugarcane aphids make 2015 West Central Texas debut

AgriLife Extension expert advises due diligence in managing fast-moving pest Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Charles Allen, 325-653-4576, ctallen@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Sugarcane aphid, the pest that devastated thousands of acres of grain and forage sorghum crops last year across the south, has again been spotted in West Central Texas, an expert warns. […]

Multi-agency San Saba County Conservation Expo set for July 16

Central Texas Conservation Partnership educational event to offer variety of topics Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Neal Alexander, 325-372-5416, n-alexander@tamu.edu SAN SABA – A mix of topics ranging from pecan tree management to fire ecology will be offered during the San Saba County Conservation Expo set from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 16 at the […]

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 […]