Rio Grande Valley grain sorghum growers escape sugarcane aphid damage

WESLACO  —  Nature and science teamed up this year to minimize insect damage on grain sorghum now being harvested in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, according to an expert with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Dr. Raul Villanueva, an entomologist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco, said predicted high […]

Heavy grasshopper infestations warrant treatment

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ed Bynum, 806-677-5600, ebynum@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Farmers and homeowners alike are battling against a heavy infestation of grasshoppers in the High Plains, and while tiny now, without treatment they could double in size, numbers and amount of damage. “Looks like it could be a bad year for grasshoppers,” […]

Texas water laws will be topic of July 2 webinar

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, 806-677-5668, tdowell@tamu.edu Pete Flores, 361-362-9201, Pete.Flores@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – “Texas Water: Basic Law and Current Hot Topics” will be the subject of the July 2 webinar by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit. The webinar is a part of the Texas Range […]

Texas crop, weather for June 30, 2015

Much of peach crop excellent quality, quantity Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – As predicted in March, this year’s peach crop is turning out to be one of the best in many years. In March, Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist at Uvalde, noted that peaches throughout the state had […]

Back-to-back annual canola conferences set for July in Oklahoma and Texas

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Emi Kimura, 940-552-9941, emi.kimura@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Clark Neely, 979-845-3041, cneely@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – Two days of canola conferences in neighboring states, Oklahoma and Texas, will provide producers an in-depth look at the crop that is generating a growing interest. Canola has grown in popularity among Rolling Plains producers in the […]

Sugarcane aphids make 2015 West Central Texas debut

AgriLife Extension expert advises due diligence in managing fast-moving pest Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Charles Allen, 325-653-4576, ctallen@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Sugarcane aphid, the pest that devastated thousands of acres of grain and forage sorghum crops last year across the south, has again been spotted in West Central Texas, an expert warns. […]

Stiles Farm Field Day held indoors due to Tropical Storm Bill

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu TAYLOR – With the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill making its way toward Williamson County, the Stiles Farm Field Day, traditionally held in Thrall, was moved indoors for the first time in its 52-year history. More than 150 farmers made the short trip to the Knights of Columbus Hall in […]

Texas crop, weather for June 23, 2015

Rice situation varies widely; much never got planted Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After years of having not enough water to grow rice, many of the major production areas of the state got too much, according to reports by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel in the major rice growing counties. The […]

BeefSys database designed to prevent decades of research data being lost

Records includes data on beef, forage research from 1968 to 2015 Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu OVERTON – The 2002 movie “All About Schmidt” struck an all-too-familiar chord with Dr. Monte Rouquette, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist, Overton, he said. In the movie, Warren Schmidt, played by Jack Nicholson, is an insurance statistician who has […]

AgriLife Research potato breeding field day set for July 30 near Springlake

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Creighton Miller, 979-845-3828, cmiller@ag.tamu.edu SPRINGLAKE – The annual Potato Field Day in the High Plains featuring the Texas A&M University AgriLife Potato Breeding and Variety Development Program will be July 30. The program is jointly hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and cooperator Bruce Barrett, owner of Barrett […]