Drones being honed to help farmers grow better crops

WESLACO  —  Farmers will be using drones in the near future to monitor and improve their crops to help feed a hungry world, say Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists who are now developing the technology. “Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, will soon play a major role in meeting the challenges of feeding a growing global […]

Feral Hog Management Workshop set for Sept. 4 at Brazos County Expo complex

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dusty Tittle, 979-823-0129, c-tittle@tamu.edu BRYAN – A Feral Hog Management Workshop will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Brazos County Expo complex, 5827 Leonard Road in Bryan. The program is free, but $15 for a catered lunch. RSVP for the meal by Aug. […]

New website aimed at professionals who manage lawns, golf and athletic turf

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Casey Reynolds, 979-845-0603, casey.reynolds@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Homeowners and professional landscapers alike who are looking for answers to questions like “what grass should I plant in the shade?” or “what grass tolerates foot traffic best?” have a new place to go for answers. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension […]

Texas crop, weather for July 28, 2015

New, stronger El Niño may bring another drenched winter Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A super-strong El Niño now brewing in the tropical Pacific will likely bring another rain-drenched winter to large parts of Texas, said Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, College Station. But the climate scientist said he doesn’t expect a […]

Texas crop, weather for July 21, 2015

Bermuda grass stem maggot advances across Texas Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After a year of low activity, the Bermuda grass stem maggot has returned with a vengeance and spread quickly across Texas. “Since 2013, this new pest has rapidly expanded its range in Texas and is now found throughout much of […]

Texas crop, weather for July 14, 2015

State climatologist: Say goodbye to the rain for a while Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Tired of it always raining? You’re in luck; the rains will likely cease for the rest of July. “I think you can say goodbye to the rain for a while,” said Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, College […]

Cattle Working, Brush Busters demonstrations planned for 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 – Fence building, live cattle working and Brush Busters are among several demonstrations planned for the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 3-5 at Texas A&M University in College Station. All demonstrations will be Aug. 5 at various locations, and […]

Two cases of eastern equine encephalitis confirmed in Texas

Contacts: Kate Bradley,
 979-458-9293, kbradley@tvmdl.tamu.edu Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Dr. Terry Hensley,  979-862-3202, thensley@tvmdl.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Eastern equine encephalitis has been confirmed in two East Texas horses from separate facilities by the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station, according to agency officials. The horses were in Newton and Orange counties. The Orange […]

Texas crop, weather for July 7, 2015

One benefit of all the rains were fewer grasshoppers overall Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Though there have been reports of high grasshopper populations in some areas, generally the pest’s numbers statewide are much lower this year. “Our expectations this year were that grasshopper numbers would be lower because during heavy rains […]

Texas A&M awarded $3.1 million for transformational energy technology

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bill Rooney, 979-845-2151, wlr@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Production costs of bioenergy crops such as sorghum have kept it from growing into a secure, sustainable source of energy. But a new project led by a Texas A&M AgriLife Research sorghum breeder is aimed at changing that. AgriLife Research, along […]