Improving soil health, no-till practices topic of Aug. 14 four-county field day

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Paul DeLaune, 940-552-9941, pdelaune@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – A Rolling Plains field tour, “Practices to Improve Soil Health and Soil/Water Conservation,” will be held Aug. 14 by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service and local Soil and Water Conservation districts. Registration will begin at […]

Spotted winged drosophila poses risk to soft-bodied fruits

Female has toothed organ to saw through fruit skin Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu OVERTON – Early awareness of a tiny insect could save Texas fruit growers a lot of money, perhaps even their entire crop, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. The potential risk is from the spotted wing drosophila, a […]

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 […]

Drought-stricken trees offer study platform for AgriLife Research scientists

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Sorin Popescu, 979-862-2614, s-popescu@tamu.edu Dr. Georgianne Moore, 979-845-3765, gwmoore@tamu.edu Dr. Jason Vogel, 979-845-5580, Jason_vogel@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Severe drought across Texas since 2011 has produced a unique opportunity for Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists to gain a greater understanding of the decaying process of trees and the effects […]

Buck Creek Watershed Protection Plan Accepted by EPA

Contact: Lucas Gregory, 979-845-7869, lfgregory@ag.tamu.edu Phyllis Dyer, 940-552-9941, pmdyer@ag.tamu.edu VERNON–The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accepted the Buck Creek Watershed Protection Plan as meeting the agency’s guidelines for watershed-based plans and effectively outlining a strategy to reduce nonpoint source pollution in the watershed, according to a Texas Water Resources Institute official. “This acceptance comes after […]

Texas well-owner training set for Aug. 19 in Robstown

ROBSTOWN — Anyone interested in private water well management in the Nueces River watershed is invited to a Texas Well Owner Network training Aug. 19 in Robstown. The training, which is free and open to the public, will be from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Johnny Calderon Building, 710 E. Main St., said Drew Gholson, […]

Texas crop, weather for July 22, 2014

Hay situation good in east, southeast, iffy in others Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – While some parts of Texas have been lucky when it comes to hay production, others will likely have an expensive go at feeding cattle this winter, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “We’ve been blessed […]

Texas well-owner training set for Aug. 7 in Yoakum

YOAKUM— Anyone interested in private water well management in the Lavaca or Guadalupe River watersheds is invited to a Texas Well Owner Network training Aug. 7 in Yoakum. The training, which is free and open to the public, will be from 1–5 p.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, 210 Schrimscher St.in Yoakum, said Drew […]

Rainwater harvesting program Aug. 12 in Seguin should ‘capture’ interest

SEGUIN – The “Rainwater Harvesting for Homeowners” program will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 12 at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority’s River Annex, 905 Nolan St. in Seguin, said program coordinators. The training is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. The program is a joint effort of the Geronimo […]

Panhandle Ranch Management set Aug. 18 in Amarillo

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Nathan Carr, 806-373-0713, rncarr@ag.tamu.edu Austin Voyles, 806-267-2692, Austin.Voyles@ag.tamu.edu Dustin Sanders, 806-226-3021, dustin.sanders@ag.tamu.edu Dr. J. D. Ragland, 806-468-5543, j-ragland@tamu.edu AMARILLO – “Panhandle Ranch Management” will be presented Aug. 18 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Potter, Randall, Armstrong and Oldham counties. The free program will begin with […]