AgriLife Research sets sugarcane field day for Oct. 8 in Weslaco

WESLACO  – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco will  be hosting a sugarcane field day from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 8, according to Dr. Jorge da Silva, an AgriLife Research sugarcane breeder at the center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the center’s annex farm, located 1 mile north of Expressway 83 […]

AgriLife Research study: Mesquite a complementary biofuel feedstock

Aids in economics, greenhouse gas emission reduction Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Seong Park, 940-552-9941, scpark@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Tong Wang, 940-552-9941, tong.wang@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jim Ansley, 940-552-9941, jansley@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Steve Amosson, 806-677-5600, samosson@tamu.edu VERNON – As requirements grow for use of cellulosic biofuels to meet the energy needs of the nation, researchers look at potential […]

Texas crop, weather for July 29, 2014

Fall armyworms on the march early due to unseasonable rains Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Fall armyworms are more like “summer” armyworms this year due to unseasonable rains, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. “It’s related to the rains we’ve had in July,” said Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Extension […]

Texas A&M study: Bioenergy sorghum could help with greenhouse gas emissions

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Frank Hons, 979-845-3477, f-hons@tamu.edu Dr. Joseph Storlien, 979-845-8738, jstorlien@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Bioenergy sorghum may offer more than another energy supply; it may offer a “sink” for greenhouse gases, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. Researchers in the Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department […]

National conference on agricultural waste and environmental quality seeks input

Abstracts, posters welcomed from scientists and educators and farmers Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu SEATTLE – A national conference on the impact from animal and agricultural waste on air, water, soil and climate is calling for abstracts, posters and workshop ideas – and not just from scientists and educators, but from farmers and agribusinesses as […]

‘The Housing Bomb’ seeks to change priorities

New book examines altering the housing/environment mind-set   Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contacts: Dr. Tarla Rai Peterson, tarlarai@gmail.com Dr. Nils Peterson, 919-229-9519, http://www4.ncsu.edu/~mnpeters/ Dr. Jianguo Liu, 517-432-5025, liuji@msu.edu   COLLEGE STATION – If the authors of a recently published book have their way, “keeping up with the Joneses” may have more to do with who […]

Economics of using mesquite for electricity dependent on outside factors

AgriLife Research study identifies feasibility Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Seong Park, 940-552-9941, scpark@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jim Ansley, 940-552-9941, jansley@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – Using mesquite biomass for electricity generation may become economically feasible if ecological and agricultural factors are considered, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research paper being published in the BioEnergy Research journal. […]

Sandun Fernando receives Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for teaching

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Sandun Fernando of the Texas A&M University System’s biological and agricultural engineering department, College Station, has been awarded a 2014 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence in teaching. The award was presented Jan. 6 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Conference held at Texas A&M University in College […]

Groundbreaking algae research continues at Pecos

AgriLife Research shares $8 million grant Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Shay Simpson, 979-845-6315, shay-simpson@tamu.edu PECOS – Pecos is usually egg-frying hot, bone dry and much of the groundwater is brackish, but Texas A&M AgriLife Research personnel know the area is prime real estate for conducting algae research, something they’ve been doing successfully since […]

AgriLife Extension hires Bell for High Plains agronomist position

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Jourdan Bell, 806-341-8925, bell0316@tamu.edu Dr. Travis Miller, 979-845-4808, td-miller@tamu.edu AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has hired Jourdan Bell to be the new agronomy specialist serving the High Plains region – and they didn’t have to look far to find her. Bell, who will replace longtime agronomist […]