Mown grass smell sends SOS for help in resisting insect attacks, researchers say

COLLEGE STATION — The smell of cut grass in recent years has been identified as the plant’s way of signalling distress, but new research says the aroma also summons beneficial insects to the rescue. “When there is need for protection, the plant signals the environment via the emission of volatile organic compounds, which are recognized […]

Rural Entrepreneurship chair established at Texas A&M ag economics

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Parr Rosson, 979-845-2116, prosson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Ed Rister has been named the inaugural holder of the M. Edward Rister ’74 Chair in Rural Entrepreneurship, according to Dr. Parr Rosson, head of the agricultural economics department at Texas A&M University. Rister is professor and associate head of […]

Master Marketer Program to begin in January in Amarillo

AgriLife Extension economist: Seats will fill fast, so register early Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Steve Amosson, 806-677-5600, samosson@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Agriculture producers must develop better marketing skills to improve their bottom line in times of greater market price volatility, and the Master Marketer Program is the place to get that training, said […]

Expert: Eagle Ford Shale boom will continue to fuel Texas rural communities

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259,  b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Rebekka Dudensing, 979-845-1719, rmdudensing@tamu.edu Dr. Joe Outlaw, 979-3845-3062, joutlaw@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Oil and gas drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale will continue to propel growth in rural Texas, but helping small businesses experience that same growth with a shortage of skilled labor will be a challenge, according […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 16, 2014

From too little rain, to too much rain, too early for South Texas Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After prolonged drought, South Texas producers are now struggling with too much moisture, according to Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife communications specialist based in Weslaco. On Sept. 16, the rains were continuing without […]

Multiple studies provide insight into drought tolerance of TAM wheat varieties

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Qingwu Xue, 806-354-5803, QXue@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, SLiu@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Srirama Krishna Reddy, 806-677-5600, skreddy@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Drought is the most important constraint limiting wheat yields in the U.S. Southern High Plains, and the past four years of exceptional drought have provided a […]

Texas fruit, high tunnel conferences scheduled in Bryan Oct. 6-8

BRYAN — Back-to-back conferences will be held in Bryan Oct. 6-8 for growers interested in fruit production and farming under “high tunnels,” according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialists. The third annual fruit conference will be 1-5 p.m.Oct. 6 and 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 7.  The second annual high tunnel meeting will be 8:30 a.m.-4:15 […]

AgriLife Extension sets two Concho Valley cotton field events

  Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Rick Minzenmayer, 325-365-5212,  r-minzenmayer@tamu.edu   BALLINGER – Concho Valley cotton producers will have two chances to learn what’s new in the West Texas cotton patch during upcoming field events in Runnels and Tom Green counties. The first is the Runnels County Turnrow Meeting set for 8:30 a.m. Sept. […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 9, 2014

Despite late rains, High Plains dryland cotton crop could still be pretty good Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Rains came to the Panhandle and South Plains a couple weeks too late to ensure a really good dryland cotton crop across the board, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. In […]

Farm bill, rural community opportunities highlight ag economics A&M-Rice tailgate festivities Sept. 13

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu  COLLEGE STATION – An overview of the new farm bill, plus a presentation on economic opportunities for rural communities will highlight Texas A&M University department of agricultural economics football tailgate activities Sept. 13. The program and tailgate event will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Center, 556 John Kimbrough […]