Texas crop, weather for Oct. 21, 2014

El Niño development stalled out, but cool, wet winter still predicted Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Though this year’s El Niño is now predicted to be a weak one, it still spells more a chance of a wet, cool winter for most of Texas rather than a dry one, according to the […]

Texas crop, weather for Oct. 15, 2014

AgriLife Economist: ‘High’ 2014 feed grains stocks are really a return to average levels Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Though this year’s predicted bumper feed grains yields are driving down prices farmers see, the long-term result could add stability to what has been a very volatile market, according to a Texas A&M […]

Nov. 15 deadline for Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance sign-up

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: DeDe Jones, 806-677-5600, dljones@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The deadline is nearing for Pasture, Rangeland and Forage Insurance, designed to provide livestock and hay producers protection against acreage losses, said DeDe Jones, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service risk management specialist in Amarillo. The 2015 sign-up and acreage reporting deadline for this […]

Texas crop, weather for Oct. 7, 2014

Some Gulf Coast and Central Texas cotton yields two to four bales per acre High Plains Cotton ‘chugging along’ Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – While nearly all Gulf Coast and Central Texas cotton has been harvested, much of the Texas High Plains cotton is still two weeks away, according to Texas A&M […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 30, 2014

State hay supplies range from surplus to practically non-existent Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – What is the status of statewide hay supplies? It depends upon where you are, according to Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist, College Station. East of U.S. Interstate 35, all the way to […]

Intensification focus of Eng Foundation Symposium

Cattle industry representatives hear latest research on expanding cowherd Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Tryon Wickersham, 979-845-1541, tryon@tamu.edu SAN ANTONIO – Record cattle prices resulting from all-time low cow numbers in the U.S. is signaling expansion among ranchers across the country, according to experts. However, land availability and available capital are challenges in […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 23, 2014

Corn yields so far some of the best in years Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The corn harvest finished in the southern and eastern parts of the state with generally pretty good yields and some outstanding ones, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “In the Gulf Coast region, yields […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 16, 2014

From too little rain, to too much rain, too early for South Texas Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After prolonged drought, South Texas producers are now struggling with too much moisture, according to Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife communications specialist based in Weslaco. On Sept. 16, the rains were continuing without […]

Multiple studies provide insight into drought tolerance of TAM wheat varieties

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Qingwu Xue, 806-354-5803, QXue@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, SLiu@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Srirama Krishna Reddy, 806-677-5600, skreddy@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Drought is the most important constraint limiting wheat yields in the U.S. Southern High Plains, and the past four years of exceptional drought have provided a […]

Drought loans available to South Texas agricultural producers

EDINBURG – Agricultural producers who suffered drought losses in 2013 are urged to apply for disaster emergency loans as soon as possible, said a Prairie View A&M University-Extension agent and farm adviser for Hidalgo County. “Producers who have lost at least 30 percent of their production or suffered production losses caused by drought between April […]