Annual forage crop insurance sign-up deadline in July

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: DeDe Jones, 806-677-5600, DLJones@ag.tamu.edu\ AMARILLO – Although recent rains have livestock producers looking at green pastures, most know it can turn dry quickly and may want protection against drought loss on annual forage crops, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. The first deadline to sign up for the Rainfall Index – […]

AgriLife Extension experts: Excess moisture causing crop losses across Texas

Wheat sprouting, yellowing cotton, stunted corn could reduce yields Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Clark B. Neely, 979-862-1412, cbneely@tamu.edu Dr. Gaylon Morgan. 979-845-2425, gdmorgan@tamu.edu Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Thomas Isakeit, 979-862-1340, t-isakeit@tamu.edu Dr. Ronnie Schnell, 979-845-2935, ronschnell@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – In any situation, too much of a good thing can be […]

Landowner participation sought for Wildfire Response Workshop in San Angelo

  Understanding major wildfire protocols to be discussed at May 7 program Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu    Contact: Marvin Ensor, 325-653-4576, m-ensor@tamu.edu             SAN ANGELO – Continued rains and optimum grass-growing conditions across much of West Texas are setting the stage for a potentially catastrophic wildfire season, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert […]

Forest understory fuels flames

AgriLife Research studies the need to control invasive plants surrounding trees Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bill Rogers, 979-845-0317, wer@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists in the Texas A&M University departments of fish and wildlife and ecosystem sciences and management are proactively looking at ways to preserve forests in the […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 16, 2016

Texas cotton ‘actual’ plantings could be down a little compared to last year Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Feb. 5 National Cotton Council’s 35th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey indicated Texas growers intended plantings to be up 5.6 percent over the actual plantings in 2015. According to the survey, “Overall, […]

Early warm weather could be a double whammy for fruit growers

Low chilling hours plus unseasonably temperatures a ‘hot-topic’ at conference Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu NACOGDOCHES – Unseasonably warm weather, up to the mid-70s and even low-80s, can be a double whammy for growers of peaches, blueberries, blackberries and other fruit crops, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “This heat wave we’re […]

Prepare now: wildfire dangers increase with high winds, lack of moisture

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ft-mccollum@tamu.edu AMARILLO – Dry winds, heavy grass and brush growth, and numerous ignition sources should prompt homeowners and landowners alike to take time now to prepare before the flames of a wildfire are at their back door, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. […]

Agronomic, irrigation management key to maximizing corn yields

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – While producers cannot control the environment during the growing season, they can control the agronomics and irrigation, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Amarillo. Bell, speaking at the High Plains Irrigation Conference and Trade Show recently, said […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 10, 2016

Chilling hours for peaches generally on target across the state Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – It’s been a generally mild winter, and the state’s peach orchards have pretty much been doing what one would expect: “chilling,” said Monte Nesbitt, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service pecan, fruit and citrus specialist, College Station. Nesbitt […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 2, 2016

Groundhog shadow or not, conditions look favorable for corn planting Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu 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 […]