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 […]

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 […]