Deadline for Pasture, Range and Forage Insurance sign-up Nov. 15

AMARILLO – Over the years, Texas ranchers and landowners have learned that growing grass for cattle is a risky business. Not so much dangerous, but very dependent on the weather. For that reason, DeDe Jones, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service risk management specialist in Amarillo, said producers need to consider the perennial Pasture, Range and […]

Texas 4-H’ers reach across border; donate school supplies to Louisiana flood victims

AMARILLO – The flood waters have receded in Louisiana, but the needs haven’t, and Texas Panhandle 4-H’ers are answering a call for school supplies. Louisiana 4-H put out a call in August to all its southern counterparts, saying, “many school-aged youth were in the midst of planning for their school year when the flooding occurred,” […]

Annual forage crop insurance sign-up deadline in July

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 – Annual Forage Insurance plan, known as RI-AF, is […]

Landowner participation sought for Wildfire Response Workshop in San Angelo

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 said. To plan for such an occurrence and circumvent protocol misunderstandings among landowners and firefighters, several state agencies and emergency management entities are seeking […]

Forest understory fuels flames

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 southeastern U.S., including East Texas. While most people notice the large trees that fill forests, these researchers are looking at the lower […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 16, 2016

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, Texas cotton acreage is expected to increase by 5.6 percent, with South Texas responsible for the statewide increase. […]

Early warm weather could be a double whammy for fruit growers

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 currently having in East Texas is not good. It makes us glad we’re not living […]

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

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. “Folks might be wanting to get their lawn mowers out to […]