Lack of predicted rainfall good news for South Texas winter vegetables

WESLACO  —  After two consecutive years of serious disease problems and weak market prices, South Texas winter vegetable growers are getting a break this year, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Juan Anciso, an AgriLife Extension vegetable specialist in Weslaco, said predictions of a wet El Niño winter have failed to […]

AgriLife Extension conducting custom agricultural rate survey

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Dr. Steven Klose, 979-458-1807, COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service survey to collect rates charged for custom agricultural operations is being distributed to select farmers, ranchers and landowners across Texas. Dr. Steven Klose, AgriLife Extension economist in College Station, said the survey is voluntary, but […]

Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium set for Feb. 18

On-campus and webinar attendance offered Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Brian Pfeiffer,  or COLLEGE STATION – Healthier Food for a Healthier World, the second annual Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium, will be presented Feb. 18 by Texas A&M University graduate students. The one-day research conference is open to the public and will […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 2, 2016

Groundhog shadow or not, conditions look favorable for corn planting Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – According to various news agency reports, groundhogs across the nation, including Punxsutawney Phil, did not see their shadows today, which, by tradition, means spring will come early this year. “Regardless of what the groundhogs indicate, we are […]

Texas A&M scientist retires after 40 years

Hons spent a lifetime researching, educating on the importance of soil Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Frank Hons, 979-845-3477, COLLEGE STATION – Knowing the general public is gaining more understanding of the importance of the soil and not just “treating it like dirt” is making Dr. Frank Hons’ retirement a little easier. […]

Four States Agricultural Exposition set Feb. 11 in Texarkana

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, TEXARKANA – The Four States Agricultural Exposition will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Arkansas, said Dr. Brian Triplett, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Red River County. The exposition is a joint effort between AgriLife Extension and the […]

Growers worldwide go nuts for annual pecan short course

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, Contact: Dr. Larry Stein, 830-278-9151, COLLEGE STATION — Things change. Seasons, people, trees. Yes, even trees. “My father-in-law bought a 200-acre farm when he got out of the Air Force, and it had about 40 acres of pecan trees,” recalls Julian Amaya, who manages the family’s business, Martin’s Pecanville, […]

Transitioning cropland to pastureland in Rolling Plains requires multi-year planning

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contacts: Stan Bevers, 940-552-9941, VERNON – A growing interest in shifting out of crop production and into a forage-based system in the Rolling Plains has Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in Vernon, consulting his crystal ball. And he has some advice for those who are contemplating […]

Fruit tree management seminar offered in Winedale Feb. 19

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, Contact: Monte Nesbitt, 979-862-1218, WINEDALE — Fruit tree management will be the topic for a multi-county seminar from 1:30-5 p.m., Feb. 19 at the Winedale Historical Complex, 3738 Farm-to-Market Road 2714, Winedale. Monte Nesbitt, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, will talk about fruit tree varieties, site selection and […]