Phenotyping wheat breeding lines takes on new look

AgriLife Research program designs time-saving machine Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Srirama Krishna Reddy, 806-677-5600, skreddy@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Gathering millions of data points from thousands of wheat breeding lines across Texas is now as simple as riding a bike – or pushing one, in this case. Dr. Jackie […]

Rains create management decisions for corn producers

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact:  Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.Bell@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Ron French, 806-677-5600, rdfrench@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Rain is a double-edged sword right now for agricultural producers, especially corn producers, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel in Amarillo. “It’s important for producers to realize that they still have options for corn as […]

Texas State Chemist headquarters set to expand in College Station

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Office of the Texas State Chemist, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, is expanding its headquarters at Texas A&M University in College Station, adding more than 10,000 square-feet of laboratory testing facilities and an underground containment system, agency officials said. A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently […]

Texas crop, weather for May 19, 2015

Wet conditions continued to delay hay harvesting throughout much of the state Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Continued heavy rains through the South, Central, Southeast, East and North regions of the state delayed hay harvesting, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. The current cool, extremely wet conditions in many areas […]

Texas grain industry reduces aflatoxin risk

Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Grain industry representatives are touting the effectiveness of the One Sample Strategy, a standardized testing method for aflatoxin. The program is administered by the Office of the Texas State Chemist, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The program has received support from a number of grain groups […]

Texas crop, weather for May 12, 2015

Rains continued to delay fieldwork, hay harvesting Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Rain continued to push back the drought, but producers in much of the eastern part of the state felt like they were being washed away, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reports. In the last seven days, all of […]

Feds approve wider testing of spinach defenses against citrus greening disease

WESLACO  —  In a landmark step in the fight against citrus greening disease, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Southern Gardens Citrus’ application for an Experimental Use Permit under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. This allows Southern Gardens to move forward in its development of the possible use of a spinach protein […]

Storm damage forces cancellation of wheat field day set for May 13 at Chillicothe

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Steven Sparkman, 940-663-6301, sdsparkman@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Hardeman County Wheat Field Tour at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Chillicothe Station on May 13 has been cancelled due to storm damage. Steven Sparkman, AgriLife Extension agent for Hardeman County, said a storm May 8 laid […]

AgriLife Extension sets Wheat and Barley Crops Tour near Dimmitt

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contacts: Nancy Andersen, 806-647-4115, nancy.andersen@ag.tamu.edu James Graves, 806-481-3619, james.graves@ag.tamu.edu   DIMMITT – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Parmer and Castro counties will conduct a Wheat and Barley Crops Tour from 10 a.m. until noon May 12 at sites near Dimmitt. To get to the wheat site, which […]

Texas crop, weather for May 5, 2015

Cotton farmers face price quandary but will probably plant anyway Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Cotton growers in the Texas High Plains have been facing a quandary: to plant or not to plant, said Dr. John Robinson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cotton economist in College Station. Most Panhandle, South Texas and […]