Texas crop, weather for July 28, 2015

New, stronger El Niño may bring another drenched winter Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A super-strong El Niño now brewing in the tropical Pacific will likely bring another rain-drenched winter to large parts of Texas, said Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, College Station. But the climate scientist said he doesn’t expect a […]

Texas crop, weather for July 21, 2015

Bermuda grass stem maggot advances across Texas Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After a year of low activity, the Bermuda grass stem maggot has returned with a vengeance and spread quickly across Texas. “Since 2013, this new pest has rapidly expanded its range in Texas and is now found throughout much of […]

Document replacement could be part of disaster, loss, theft recovery

COLLEGE STATION – In the story “A Scandal in Bohemia,” Sherlock Holmes contrived to have the opera singer Irene Adler divulge the location of an important item by convincing her there was a fire in her house, knowing she would rush to retrieve it from its hiding place. But what happens if someone loses an […]

Texas crop, weather for June 16, 2015

Pre-harvest wheat sprouting not as severe as anticipated Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – In late May, it appeared many wheat growers were poised to suffer big discounts because of pre-harvest sprouting of winter wheat, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “In the Blacklands and East Texas, from the reports I’ve […]

From drought to rust, Texas A&M wheat breeders prepare for the elements

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Amir Ibrahim, 979-845-8274, aibrahim@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The wheat breeding program in Texas is very diverse, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists learn something every year from the changing environment. For the past four years, it was about drought; this year, with the moisture, […]

Texas crop, weather for June 9, 2015

AgriLife expert: Texas state cotton acreage down ‘considerably’ from spring estimates Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A considerable portion of the state’s expected cotton acreage will not be planted this year primarily due to low prices and excessive rain, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “Over 300,000 acres in the […]

Texas crop, weather for June 2, 2015

AgriLife expert: Most corn should fare well as fields dry out Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Despite some yellowing from overly wet conditions, most of the corn in the Coastal Bend area will probably recover, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. But it’s difficult to make broad generalizations about […]

Pre-harvest sprouting in wheat threatens crop

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Clark Neely, 979-845-3041, cneely@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Texas wheat crop was shaping up to have above-average yields across the state, but weather conditions have changed that optimistic outlook in the past few weeks, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Excessive rains have already prevented some […]

Time running out for cotton planting

AgriLife Extension experts offer management advice Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.Bell@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Wayne Keeling, 806-746-6101, w-keeling@tamu.edu Mark Kelley, 806-746-6101, MKelley@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Recent rain and cool temperatures across the Panhandle and South Plains have almost guaranteed that cotton producers who have not yet found a window for planting will […]

Texas crop, weather for May 27, 2015

Heavy weather pattern may break in the next two weeks Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Both the El Niño pattern and global warming are the usual suspects for a large, high-level low-pressure area and the resulting catastrophic weather, but neither can be blamed, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist. “We’re currently […]