New cotton technologies add to grower responsibilities

LUBBOCK – From a cotton farming standpoint, it may be more important now than ever to know your surroundings, said a pair of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists at Lubbock.                 In the past, farmers used to plant brown bag seed and had few postemergence herbicide options, said Dr. Seth Byrd, AgriLife Extension agronomist. […]

Lower Rolling Plains Ag Conference set in Snyder

SNYDER – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in seven counties are readying for their annual Lower Rolling Plains Agricultural Conference set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 in the Scurry Coliseum, 900 E. Coliseum Drive in Snyder. The event features a mix of both crop and livestock information, organizers said. The […]

Variety screening identifies potatoes with resistance to zebra chip disease

AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathology team in Amarillo intentionally infected potato plants with psyllids positive with the bacterium that causes zebra chip, a deadly disease plaguing the potato industry for the past 15 years. The outcome is some promising germplasm that will help in the battle against the costly disease, said […]

AgriLife Extension sets annual Brown County Ag Day March 28

BROWNWOOD – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Brown County set their annual Ag Day program for March 28 at the Brown County Fairgrounds, 4206 U.S. Highway 377 S. in Brownwood. Scott Anderson, AgriLife Extension agent in Brown County, said the program will open with a 5:30 p.m. meal sponsored by the Brown […]

Reagan, Upton counties set separate morning ag days, unite for afternoon field day

BIG LAKE/RANKIN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct separate Ag Days in two neighboring Far West Texas counties on March 28 before coming together for an afternoon field day and family friendly evening meal. The Reagan County Ag Day is slated to open with registration at 8 a.m. at the AgriLife Extension […]

What does sexy, food, world travel and super career bring to mind? Agriculture, of course

COLLEGE STATION — For something that engages all the senses, this should be abundantly clear: food and all things associated with it is, in a word, sexy. Yes, sexy as in exciting and appealing. Seriously. Whether one grows it, markets it or eats it, food is a hot commodity that’s only going to get hotter. […]

Crop, livestock budget spreadsheets for 2017 available to Texas farmers, ranchers

COLLEGE STATION – Crop and livestock budget spreadsheets for 2017 are now available to both farmers and ranchers, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economists. The budget spreadsheets help farmers and ranchers evaluate and project revenue and expenditures throughout the crop season. They are available at http://bit.ly/2mugoLH . More than 200 enterprise budgets for […]

‘Internet of things’ to create big data for irrigated agriculture

AMARILLO – Big data is big business, and everyone wants a part of the pie, however agricultural irrigators should take a careful look before accepting irrigation advice from new technology sources, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Charles Hillyer, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist in Amarillo, said a recent survey on emerging […]

Texas State Chemist, AgriLife Research hosts Kenya parliament members

COLLEGE STATION – Kenya parliament leaders met with the Office of the Texas State Chemist and Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists recently at Texas A&M University to get a first-hand look at how farmers, industry and regulatory agencies implement co-regulation to manage aflatoxin risk. Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by a fungus that grows in […]

Potential trade disruption could have significant economic impact

COLLEGE STATION – The total economic impact of Texas agricultural export trade to Canada and Mexico totaled more than $3.3 billion in 2016 and supported 18,674 jobs, according to research conducted by the Center for North American Studies at Texas A&M University. Center director Dr. Luis Ribera, also a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, […]