Easy, affordable cover extends growing season in home gardens

COLLEGE STATION — A technique used by commercial growers to protect tender crops from harmful cold temperatures may be an affordable option for home growers as well, according to Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service vegetable specialist. “I’ve been working with strawberry producers, and we’ve found that using plastic covers to form small […]

Expert: Consequences of Texas drought continue to linger

Texas Plant Protection Association attendees hear about future of water Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu BRYAN – Texas agriculture industry experts discussed the future of water and its impact on crop production before 287 attendees at the 26th Texas Plant Protection Association Conference held recently at the Brazos Center in Bryan Dr. Bill Dugas, acting vice […]

Sunflower producer/industry update meeting set Dec. 19 in Dalhart

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Mike Bragg, 806-244-4434, mhbragg@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu DALHART – Sunflower producers can update their crop production expertise and learn about opportunities for sunflower cropping in 2015 at a meeting Dec. 19 in Dalhart, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. “We wanted to provide information to […]

Texas crop, weather for Dec. 10, 2014

2015 could be a ‘make-it or break-it’ year for beef producers Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Depending upon the weather and consumer tolerance for high prices, 2015 could be a make-it or break-it year for beef producers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Of course, it’s all about supply […]

AgriLife Extension Brazos County office showcases programs to elected officials

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu BRYAN – Highlights in agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H and youth development, and community economic development were showcased at the recent 2014 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Brazos County Interpretation Luncheon for Elected Officials. The event, attended by Brazos County officials as well as representatives from […]

AgriLife Extension entomologists brace for possible new ag pest

  Tawny crazy ant has potential for profound effect on production agriculture, experts say Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Charles Allen, 325-653-4576, ctallen@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Bill Ree, 979-845-6479, w-ree@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The tawny crazy ant, a relative newcomer to the U.S., is expanding its range, causing concern among Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]

AgriLife Extension expert cautious about plant growth regulators for wheat

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Jourdan Bell, 806-341-8925, bell0316@tamu.edu AMARILLO – Plant growth regulators are nothing new for cotton farmers, but they are of recent interest to some wheat producers who are questioning their efficiency and economics, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Amarillo. Bell, speaking at the recent […]

Crop Marketing Workshop slated Dec. 17 in Sinton

SINTON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Nueces and San Patricio counties will host the Crop Marketing Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 17 at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds Civic Center in Sinton. The center is located at 219 W. 5th St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; presentations begin at 9 […]

Red River Crops Conference set for Jan. 27-28 in Childress

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Stan Bevers, 940-552-9941, sbevers@ag.tamu.edu CHILDRESS – Texas and Oklahoma officials along the Red River will address the issues of importance to regional farmers and ranchers on both sides of the state line at the annual Red River Crops Conference on Jan 27-28. The two-day event is designed to provide […]

Feds may revise new food safety rules for irrigation water

WESLACO — Complaints from farmers nationwide have encouraged the Food and Drug Administration to take the almost unheard of act of revising landmark food safety laws that were scheduled to take effect soon, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service food safety expert. Dr. Juan Anciso, a horticulture specialist at the Texas A&M AgriLife […]