Texas crop, weather for March 3, 2015

State Climatologist optimistic about less severe drought for next two decades Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – As far as drought is concerned, for the next 20 to 30 years, State Climatologist Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, College Station, said he is optimistic. “And then I turn seriously pessimistic,” he said. While reports from Texas […]

Master Marketer program celebrates 20 years

Producers find value in the risk management training Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Steve Amosson, 806-677-5600, samosson@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Mark Welch, 979-845-8011, JMWelch@tamu.edu AMARILLO – When a Master Marketer class is offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, seats fill up fast. That’s because the program, celebrating its 20th anniversary, is making a […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 18, 2015

Despite rains, many reservoirs lower this year than last Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The drought may have receded in much of Texas, but reservoir levels are, if anything, worse in many areas than they were a year ago, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “If we look at […]

AgriLife Research study: Water limiting factor to corn silage quality

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5600, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Wenwei Xu, 806-746-6101, wxu@ag.tamu.edu Thomas Marek, 806-677-5600, t-marek@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Minimizing yield losses while reducing groundwater usage is a continual goal for Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists on the High Plains, where quantities of water from the Ogallala Aquifer are diminishing. That was the goal of a 2014 […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 10, 2015

Expert: Farmers could be growing more grain sorghum, less cotton Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – By all indications, Texas farmers will likely be planting considerably less cotton this year and more grain sorghum, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. In the face of much lower commodity prices, farmers are […]

Texas A&M to host Global Soil Security Symposium on May 19-21

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Cristine Morgan, 979-845-3603, cmorgan@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Global Soil Security Symposium will be held May 19-21 on the Texas A&M University campus as a part of the declaration of 2015 as the International Year of Soils by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Global Soil Partnership. […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 3, 2015

Expert: Wheat, other small grains and canola in fine shape Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Thanks to good fall and spring rains throughout much of the state, most winter wheat and other small grains and cool-season oilseed crops like canola are in good shape, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]

Texas crop, weather for Jan. 27, 2015

Rains improve pasture, wheat outlook, but bring soggy fields Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – All of the state received moisture in one form or another during the last week, which generally benefited forages and crops, but slowed fieldwork, according to reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Parts of the Central, […]

Texas crop, weather for Jan. 21, 2015

Finishing of Panhandle cotton harvest delayed by wet, damp weather Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A variety of factors – mostly weather — have delayed the finishing of the cotton harvest in the Panhandle, Rolling Plains and, to a lesser degree, the South Plains, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomists. […]

Weather forecasts could become seeding forecasts

Texas A&M AgriLife studies planting rates based on anticipated moisture Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ronnie Schnell, 979-845-2935, ronnie.schnell@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Servicestate cropping system specialist hopes producers can use the weather forecast for not only deciding how to dress, but to alter management practices based on expected […]