Texas crop, weather for Jan. 20, 2015

Rains improve pasture, wheat outlook, but bring soggy fields Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – All of the state received moisture in one form or another during the last week, which generally benefited forages and crops, but slowed fieldwork, according to reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Parts of the Central, […]

Farm bill program set for Jan. 30 in Kaufman

Contact: Ralph Davis, 972-932-9069, rs-davis@tamu.edu KAUFMAN — A farm bill decision program will take place Jan. 30 in Kaufman to help growers navigate decisions to be made under the 2014 bill, according to Ralph Davis, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Kaufman County. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and the program will be […]

Farm bill training set Jan. 26 in Coastal Bend’s Jackson County

EDNA  –  Farmers have several important decisions to make under the 2014 farm bill, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. To help growers navigate the process, a farm bill decision program meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Jackson County Services Building auditorium, 411 N. Wells […]

Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference set Feb. 24 in Nacogdoches

Deformed vegetables, organic weed control and kiwi production among topics Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu NACOGDOCHES – Commercial vegetable growers are facing a new problem: Some commercial composts can contain herbicide residues that will cause mutant tomatoes and other vegetables, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist. The herbicide aminopyralid is primarily used […]

Farm bill workshop set Jan. 28 for rural Hidalgo, Starr county growers

McCOOK —  With the clock ticking down, crop policy experts are reaching out to rural farmers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley to inform them about long-term decisions they’ll have to make soon under the 2014 farm bill. The Hidalgo/Starr County 2014 Farm Bill Workshop Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. […]

Texas crop, weather for Jan. 21, 2015

Finishing of Panhandle cotton harvest delayed by wet, damp weather Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A variety of factors – mostly weather — have delayed the finishing of the cotton harvest in the Panhandle, Rolling Plains and, to a lesser degree, the South Plains, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomists. […]

Future Texas A&M crop breeding to place greater emphasis on marker-assisted technology

Expert: Advanced technology needed to feed and clothe growing population Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. David Baltensperger, 979-845-3041, dbaltensperger@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop scientists will make a strong push in the coming years to increase food and feed production using marker-assisted breeding programs, according to […]

Gulf Coast grape grower field day set for Feb. 6

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Justin Scheiner, 979-845-1870, jscheiner@tamu.edu CAT SPRING — The 23rd annual Gulf Coast Grape Grower Field Day will be Feb. 6 at the Agricultural Society Hall, 13035 Hall Road, Cat Spring. Registration is $35 per person and includes lunch and a wine social, according to Dr. Justin Scheiner, Texas […]

East Texas Pasture Management Program set Feb. 20 at Overton

Updated herbicide price-comparison CD offered Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu OVERTON — This year’s East Texas Pasture Management Program, set Feb. 20 at Overton, will concentrate mainly on the finer points of weed control, according to Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist. “Weed control continues to be an important part of […]

Field Crop Symposium set Jan. 30 for Coastal Bend cotton and grain producers

CORPUS CHRISTI — While Texas Coastal Bend cotton and grain sorghum producers will have the advantage of improved soil moisture to help them this year, they need to get up to speed on other issues that could be problematic, said Texas A&M AgriLife experts. To help address those issues, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]