Texas crop, weather for Feb. 2, 2016

Groundhog shadow or not, conditions look favorable for corn planting Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – According to various news agency reports, groundhogs across the nation, including Punxsutawney Phil, did not see their shadows today, which, by tradition, means spring will come early this year. “Regardless of what the groundhogs indicate, we are […]

Transitioning cropland to pastureland in Rolling Plains requires multi-year planning

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Stan Bevers, 940-552-9941, sbevers@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – A growing interest in shifting out of crop production and into a forage-based system in the Rolling Plains has Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in Vernon, consulting his crystal ball. And he has some advice for those who are contemplating […]

Texas crop, weather for Jan. 26, 2016

Only about 20 percent of Blacklands wheat planted Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Central Texas wheat growers continue to have a challenging year, said Dr. Clark Neely, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small grains specialist, College Station. “There’s a couple of different stories going on now with wheat, the first being prevented […]

Texas crop, weather for Jan. 20, 2016

Further strengthening El Niño could mean elevated rainfall through May Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A further strengthening of the current El Niño will likely mean wetter-than-normal conditions continue into spring, according to Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist and Regents Professor at Texas A&M University, College Station. “There’s the possibility that this […]

Increased legal liabilities limit prescribed fire use for brush control

Greater fire danger, deteriorating ecosystems could result Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bill Rogers, 979-845-0317, wer@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Private landowners and managers tend to shy away from the use of prescribed fire for maintaining rangeland and forest ecosystems in spite of the known benefits due to the potential liability factor, according to […]

Latent effects of blizzard a concern for cow-calf producers

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ted.mccollum@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – As the snow melts away from Winter Storm Goliath and cattle are gathered back into pens and pastures, cow-calf producers should continue to watch their animals for lingering after-effects, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “There is some potential […]

Expert: Cattlemen should be ‘steeling’ for the future

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ft-mccollum@tamu.edu AMARILLO – Cow-calf producers have made some money and now need to be “steeling” for what is to come, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist said. Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef specialist in Amarillo, spoke at the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show […]

Texas crop, weather for Dec. 1, 2015

Wet freezing weather further delays cotton harvest Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Some farmers were concerned about the recent ice and rain in the High Plains causing deterioration of cotton grade and quality, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reports. However, Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist, College Station, […]

Texas crop, weather for Nov. 24, 2015

AgriLife Expert: 2015 is ‘jubilee’ year for deer hunting Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Thanks to plenty of rain at the right times, the 2015 hunting season has been a “jubilee year” for the white-tailed deer crop, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist. “The deer crop this year […]

Wet spring, fall prompts wheat planting issues in some areas of Texas

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Clark Neely, 979-862-1412, cbneely@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Mother Nature planted a wheat crop, and now producers want to know if it has value. The short answer is “yes,” according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “Torrential spring rains destroyed or otherwise prevented wheat harvest in some […]