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 […]

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 […]

Texas crop, weather for April 28, 2015

Plantings continue despite frequent rains COLLEGE STATION – With continuing rains and wet field conditions, planting of most crops in Texas remained behind the five-year average, according to a summary by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistical Service, Austin. The service compiles its summaries from weekly condition reports by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension […]

Texas crop, weather for April 21, 2015

Heavy rains continue to benefit wheat but delay other plantings Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – More rainstorms swept over much of the state, leaving fields too soggy to work in many areas, but generally benefiting wheat, pastures and rangeland, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Planting of corn, cotton, rice, […]

Sorghum silage a suitable alternative to corn silage, with proper management

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ft-mccollum@tamu.edu Dr. Ellen Jordan, 972-952-9212, e-jordan2@tamu.edu DIMMITT – Sorghum silage can provide an alternative to corn silage, but not all sorghum silages are equal, according to two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists. Dr. Ellen Jordan, AgriLife Extension dairy specialist in Dallas, and Dr. Ted […]

Texas crop, weather for March 31, 2015

Peach crop could be the best in years Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Conditions are so favorable for an outstanding Texas peach crop this year that he almost hates to talk about them lest he jinxes the crop, joked Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist for fruits, nuts and […]

Results of annual Texas wheat producer survey released

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Clark Neely, 979-845-3041, cneely@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Results from Texas wheat producers who were surveyed in December and January regarding the number of acres of wheat planted and to be planted by variety for the 2015 crop year are now available. The survey was coordinated between the Texas […]

AgriLife Extension experts: South Texas agriculture under serious weather threat

EDINBURG —  For the second year in a row, cold wet weather is hampering the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s billion dollar agricultural industry, only this year the prolonged conditions are posing a much more serious threat, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Cotton and sugarcane, two of the area’s most lucrative crops, are […]

AgriLife Research study opens doors for increases in Texas corn yields, aflatoxin resistance

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Seth Murray, 979-845-3469, sethmurray@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A ground-breaking Texas A&M AgriLife Research-led study on corn has identified useful gene variations for yield increases, drought tolerance and aflatoxin resistance that could make a real difference to Texas producers in the years to come, according to researchers. The study, […]

Texas crop, weather for March 17, 2015

Wet weather continues to deter corn planting Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Frequent rains and the resultant soggy field conditions continued to keep producers from planting corn and other crops in some parts of the state, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. “We just had cold weather that kept people […]