AgriLife sugarcane aphid field day Oct. 28 to address growing concerns

WESLACO  –  The sugarcane aphid continues to spread throughout the South and is now considered the most important pest of grain sorghum in the U.S., according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. “The sugarcane aphid has now reached 11 states in the South and several states in Mexico,” said Dr. Raul Villanueva, an AgriLife […]

South Texas cattle program could reflect growing herd numbers

EDINBURG  –  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel are hoping that with recent rains and improved pastures, South Texas cattle ranchers will start rebuilding herds sold off during the drought. Proof of renewed activity could come when ranchers start submitting their livestock in the annual Bull Gains Test, Heifer Development and Pen of Steers Program […]

Carpenter inducted into Meat Industry Hall of Fame

Contact: Maggie Tucker, 979-845-1542,   COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Zerle Carpenter, Texas A&M University professor emeritus of animal science and director emeritus of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, was recently inducted into the Meat Industry Hall of Fame. Carpenter was among six inductees selected from more than 75 nominations encompassing all areas of red […]

Ranchers hear key factors to growing forage at rebuilding beef herd symposium

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, FRANKLIN – Ranchers should be mindful of three important components of pasture health when considering restocking beef cattle, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist in College Station, said water, fertilizer and protection are […]

Economist: Low agricultural commodity prices, potential rising rates could lead to land value declines

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Dr. Levi Russell, 361-265-9203, CORPUS CHRISTI – Recent declines in commodity prices combined with the potential for rising interest rates could trigger a decline in agricultural land prices in coming months, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Levi Russell, AgriLife Extension economist in […]

2014 farm bill, online decision-aid training event Oct. 27 in Atlanta

Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, ATLANTA – A one-day 2014 farm bill overview and producer aid demonstration and training is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel, 165 Courtland St., in Atlanta, Georgia. There is no cost to attend the training, but registration is required. To register, visit […]

Lower Rio Grande Valley soil testing campaign runs through February

WESLACO  –  The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in the Lower Rio Grande Valley is offering its annual soil testing campaign through February, according to AgriLife Extension personnel. A campaign kickoff event has been scheduled for Oct. 16. “We’re encouraging all commercial agricultural producers in Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy counties to take part in this […]

Water the focus of 2014 Texas Plant Protection Association conference in Bryan

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, BRYAN – Future use of water and its impact on agriculture will be the focus of the 2014 Texas Plant Protection Association conference scheduled Dec. 10-11 at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan. “Water availability is paramount for agricultural production and certainly is of utmost concern to everyone […]

South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic and Trade Show scheduled Oct. 24

Contact: Kara Matheney, 979-277-6212, BRENHAM –The 43rd annual South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic and Trade Show is scheduled Oct. 24 at the Washington County Fairgrounds sales facility in Brenham. Registration is $20 and will be held from 7:15-8 a.m. the day of the event. “All area producers are encouraged to attend to receive information […]

2014 Cow Country Congress to feature weed identification, Center Ranch tour

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Jo Smith, 936-544-7502, CENTERVILLE – Weed and huisache control methods, plus a tour of the Center Ranch, headline the 2014 Cow Country Congress scheduled Oct. 24 at the Center Ranch, 3582 Farm-to-Market Road 811 in Centerville. Jo Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Houston County, said […]