Dallas scientist leads pineapple genome sequencing

Contact: Dr. Qingyi Yu, 972-952-9225, QYu@ag.tamu.edu DALLAS — An international effort, led by a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in Dallas, to sequence the pineapple’s genome has unlocked information about the fruit’s drought tolerance, the way it converts light to energy and what those characteristics could mean for the future of world food production. Seventy […]

AgriLife prepares to help growers meet new safety standards

WESLACO — To help producers and others meet the requirements of the newly implemented federal food safety laws, Texas A&M AgriLife is gearing up to begin training sessions, experts said. Dr. Juan Anciso, a horticulture specialist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco, said the Food Safety Modernization Act is designed […]

AgriLife study shows truck traffic surging at Pharr International Bridge

PHARR — The Pharr International Bridge is on the verge of toppling Nogales, Arizona, as the longtime, No. 1 U.S. land port of entry for Mexican produce-laden trucks, according to a new study by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Commercial truck traffic has been diverted from Arizona to Texas thanks to a new highway […]

Texas crop, weather for Nov. 24, 2015

AgriLife Expert: 2015 is ‘jubilee’ year for deer hunting Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Thanks to plenty of rain at the right times, the 2015 hunting season has been a “jubilee year” for the white-tailed deer crop, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist. “The deer crop this year […]

Wet spring, fall prompts wheat planting issues in some areas of Texas

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Clark Neely, 979-862-1412, cbneely@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Mother Nature planted a wheat crop, and now producers want to know if it has value. The short answer is “yes,” according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “Torrential spring rains destroyed or otherwise prevented wheat harvest in some […]

Making the most of your fertilizer dollar program set for Dec. 1

  FORT WORTH — With low commodity prices predicted through next year, many farmers are looking for ways to trim costs. However, when it comes to fertilizer, experts suggested, producers should selectively manage inputs to maximize economic returns. A workshop for those wanting to understand soil tests and fertilizer recommendations will be conducted at 5:30 […]

S. M. Tracy Herbarium solves problems in the plant world

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dale Kruse, 979-845-4328, dakruse@tamu.edu Dr. Stephan Hatch, 979-845-4328, s-hatch@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – When researchers across Texas, and at times worldwide, hold up a plant and ask, “What is this?” they very well may be talking to Dale Kruse or Dr. Stephan Hatch at the S. M. Tracy Herbarium. The […]

Big Country Agricultural and Pesticide Conference set Dec. 9

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Robert Pritz, 325-672-6048, r-pritz@tamu.edu ABILENE – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Big Country Agricultural and Structural Pesticide Continuing Education Conference Dec. 9 in the Big Country Hall, located on the grounds of the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene. The Big Country Hall adjoins the […]

Swisher County Ag Day set for Dec. 8 in Tulia

  Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: John Villalba, 806-995-3726, john.villalba@ag.tamu.edu            TULIA – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Swisher County Ag Committee will host its annual Swisher County Ag Day beginning at 8 a.m. Dec. 8 in Tulia.            The event will be held in the basement of the Swisher County Memorial Building, 127 Southwest […]

Texas crop and weather — Nov. 17, 2015

Fire, rain had nominal impact on South Central Texas agriculture UVALDE – “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain.” That lyric from a ‘70s James Taylor song would certainly apply to the residents of South Central Texas over the past few months. But while Mother Nature has been less than kind to this region, the […]