UAVs helping collect crop production data, farmers become more efficient

BRYAN – The use of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs, is providing large amounts of data that hold keys to unlocking valuable solutions in helping farmers become more efficient and increase profitability, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research agricultural engineer. Dr. Alex Thomasson spoke recently at the Texas Plant Protection Association Conference […]

Poinsettia trial shows effect of high temperatures on plant growth and flowering

OVERTON – Rows of vivid red poinsettias inside Greenhouse No. 4 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton are as eye-catching as a flashing stop light. Dr. Brent Pemberton, AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist in Overton, began a trial of more than 30 varieties of the popular holiday flower associated with Christmas […]

Baltensperger receives Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award from TPPA

BRYAN – Dr. David Baltensperger, head of the department of soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, has received the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Plant Protection Association. Baltensperger received the award for contributions to the association and to Texas agriculture.   The award was given at the […]

Big data is coming to agriculture

BRYAN – Unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous tractors and other technologies will continue to emerge as producers meet world food needs in the near and distant future, according to experts. Those experts believe technology will continue to emerge and make possible giant leaps throughout the next decade as agriculture industries and producers work to meet world […]

Winter months a good time to prepare for spring gardening

OVERTON — December is the time to plan and prepare for spring gardens, said Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small-acreage vegetable specialist, Overton. East Texas spring gardens are finished producing and the fall garden should be in full swing, he said. So in down months like December, it’s best to get organized […]

BIG Conference cotton session to feature new production trends

WACO – New trends in cotton production, plus a policy update from the National Cotton Council, will be part of the Blackland Income Growth Conference cotton session Dec. 13. The conference will be held at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. in Waco, and is sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Nov. 29

UVALDE – Pecan producers expected better yields and quality, but 2016 is shaping up to be a hit-or-miss year, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Uvalde, said many locations around the central and southeastern parts of the state were disappointed by the quality and quantity of their […]

Christmas craft sale and workshop set Dec. 3 in Edinburg

EDINBURG — Holiday shoppers on a budget should include a stop at the second annual Master Clothing Volunteers Arts and Crafts Sale and Workshop from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 3 in Edinburg, organizers said. “This is an excellent opportunity to buy handmade Christmas decorations at very reasonable prices or learn how to make your own and […]

U.S. decline in meat protein consumption raises concern for Texas A&M scientist

COLLEGE STATION – A 14 percent decline in U.S. consumer meat consumption over the past decade has caused alarm with one Texas A&M AgriLife scientist who warns the effects could be dire for overall human health and child development. Dr. Guoyao Wu, distinguished professor in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, said […]

Two special programs part of BIG Conference Dec. 13 in Waco

WACO – Two special programs of the 55th annual Blackland Income Growth Conference Dec. 13 will address agriculture and health as well as tomorrow’s youth leaders, coordinators said. Both will be held at the Extraco Events Center, 4601 Bosque Blvd. in Waco From the Ground Up: Connecting Agriculture and Health will be held from 9 […]