Producers delaying wheat planting due to grasshoppers

AMARILLO – High Plains wheat producers who are normally ready to put seed in the ground might want to hold off this year, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists in Amarillo. With the extremely heavy pressure from grasshoppers, as well as other insects and diseases due to the wet year, waiting until the […]

Corn and Sorghum Field Day set Sept. 3 in Swisher County

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu    Contact: John Villalba, 806-995-3726, john.villalba@ag.tamu.edu    KRESS – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Swisher County Ag Committee will conduct a Corn and Sorghum Field Day beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 3 near Kress. John Villalba, AgriLife Extension agent in Swisher County, said participants should meet at the Swisher […]

Grain bin safety and entrapment rescue clinic set Sept. 3 in Paris

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu PARIS – The dangers of working in grain bins hit home to Northeast Texas residents on March 4 when 32-year-old Paul Chelius suffocated in a bin of soybeans, said Mike Morrow, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Lamar County. In response to the tragedy, family and friends of Chelius, […]

Texas crop, weather for Aug. 25, 2015

Hot, still cloudy days result in farm pond fish kills Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A combination of weather patterns is causing wholesale die-offs of fish in many East and North Texas farm ponds and lakes, according to Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist, Overton. Most of the […]

Sorghum tour set for Sept. 9 near Bushland

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu Austin Voyles, 806-373-0713, Austin.Voyles@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research will jointly host a sorghum tour near Bushland on Sept. 9. The program will begin at 9 a.m. and end around 11:30 a.m. The first stop will […]

Being a graduate student away from a university can stink but in a good way

BEAUMONT — The whiff of stink bugs was expected. Walking through farm fields in southeast Texas, an entomologist mainly uses vision to spot insects and relies on years of education and field experience to mentally catalog which are good bugs and which will sicken a farmer’s crop into devastation. But stink bugs are different. They, […]

Entomologists sniff out new stink bug to help soybean farmers control damage

BEAUMONT — Entomologists in Texas got a whiff of a new stink bug doing economic damage to soybeans in Texas and are developing ways to help farmers combat it, according to a report in the journal Environmental Entomology. Various types of stink bugs have long been a problem on soybean crops, but when sweeps of […]

McFarland to retire after long career with Texas A&M

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Mark McFarland has worn many hats during his 35-year career with the Texas A&M University System, but on Aug. 31, he will be removing them all. Gone will be the hat he wore as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service soil fertility specialist in College Station. […]

Experts: Sugarcane aphids hit High Plains hard

  Treatment threshold is lowered to reduce damage Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Pat Porter, 806-746-6101, p-porter@tamu.edu    Dr. Ed Bynum, 806-677-5600, ebynum@ag.tamu.edu              LUBBOCK – Sugarcane aphids have wasted no time in making themselves at home and becoming firmly entrenched across the High Plains, prompting a change in some recommendations on treatment, […]

Texas crop, weather for Aug. 18, 2015

Incidences of cattle theft continue to rise Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Cattle prices continued their upward climb in the past week, according Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regional reports. And as cattle prices continued to be high, the rate of cattle rustling was rising. “The rates of cattle theft have been […]