Expert: Managing pastures doesn’t only mean growing grass

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Tim Steffens, 806-651-2781, tsteffens@wtamu.edu AMARILLO – What a pasture should look like – whether a waving sea of grass or one with diverse vegetation – depends on the cattleman’s final goal and actions taken before rain falls, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist. “With the rains […]

Texas crop, weather for Aug. 25, 2015

Hot, still cloudy days result in farm pond fish kills Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A combination of weather patterns is causing wholesale die-offs of fish in many East and North Texas farm ponds and lakes, according to Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist, Overton. Most of the […]

Texas crop, weather for Aug. 18, 2015

Incidences of cattle theft continue to rise Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Cattle prices continued their upward climb in the past week, according Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service regional reports. And as cattle prices continued to be high, the rate of cattle rustling was rising. “The rates of cattle theft have been […]

Wildfire season is here

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu   Contact: Dr. Morgan Russell, 325-657-7317, morgan.russell@ag.tamu.edu   SAN ANGELO – Wildfire season is here and there’s fuel to burn.            That’s the assessment of Dr. Morgan Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist at San Angelo. She said during the week of Aug. 9, the Texas A&M Forest Service responded […]

Bountiful rains bring abundant weeds; wildfires sure to follow

Management before dry-down critical Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Tim Steffens, 806-651-2781, tsteffens@wtamu.edu AMARILLO – Record rainfall will almost certainly lead to a dangerous wildfire year if proper management actions are not taken before everything dries down, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “We’ve had a phenomenal year for rainfall, and […]

Texas crop, weather for Aug. 11, 2015

Triple-digit temperatures stressing beef cattle and calves Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – As temperatures reached 100 degrees and above, the stress on beef cattle increased, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Though there are no reports of large death losses yet, the stress does affect beef cattle health and certainly reduces […]

Texas crop, weather for Aug. 4, 2015

High plains cotton still late but catching up some with hot weather Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Cotton in the Texas South Plains and Rolling Plains typically remained two to four weeks behind in development, but current weather patterns are helping, said cotton agronomists. “You can almost hear the cotton growing out […]

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 […]