Irving, College Station, Bryan now in Water My Yard program

Website can help homeowners cut landscape water use by half – or more Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – The new Water My Yard site has been completely updated, making it even easier for homeowners to sign up, create profiles and better manage landscape irrigation, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service irrigation […]

Texas crop, weather for Aug. 5, 2014

High Plains cotton generally in good shape, but rain needed soon Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – Despite a few setbacks, such as cooler-than-normal weather, Panhandle and South Plains cotton is in pretty good shape, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. But the fate of dryland cotton depends on whether […]

Failed vegetable growers invited to garden class series

EDINBURG —  Whether you’ve got a green thumb or a brown one for failing to grow healthy vegetables in the sweltering heat of South Texas, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for Hidalgo County is offering a series of classes to improve your skills and go organic. AgriLife Extension is offering their annual evening gardening […]

Prevention, management tips offered for citrus disease found in Harris County

HOUSTON — Owners of citrus trees in Harris County should be on the lookout for carriers and symptoms of a disease recently discovered there, experts with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service said. Citrus greening was confirmed in a tree at a retail nursery south of Houston on July 16. The disease, which is spread […]

Turfgrass Field Day set for July 21 in Lubbock

  Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contact: Robert Scott, 806-775-1680,   LUBBOCK– The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Tech University’s department of plant and soil science will conduct a Turfgrass Field Day on July 21 at Lubbock. The collaborative effort will start with registration at 7 a.m., followed by the program from […]

Lawn care requires proper spray applicator calibration

AgriLife Extension expert offers techniques Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Casey Reynolds, 979-845-0603, DALLAS – Maintaining a healthy landscape often requires application of plant health products. The key to these applications is a properly calibrated sprayer, said Dr. Casey Reynolds, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state turfgrass specialist in College Station. […]

Water use, management topic for July 25 meeting in Sugar Land

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, Contact: J.B. Holladay, 281-342-3034, SUGAR LAND — Meeting the Challenge of Regional and State Water Issues is the theme for the Irrigators Symposium July 25 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.   The event will be from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and include a light breakfast and lunch. Registration is […]

AgriLife Extension horticulturist hosts new South Texas radio show

McALLEN   – The Garden Gal is on the air. (Click on the video) Barbara Storz, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist in Hidalgo County, becomes the Garden Gal from 7-9 a.m. every Saturday morning on “Agronomically Speaking,” a new gardening and agricultural radio program on News Talk 710 KURV-AM in McAllen. “I’m not crazy […]

Keeping the landscape in shape; there’s an app or device for that

AgriLife Research turf tips offered Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Ben Wherley, 979-845-1591,   DALLAS – Many tools are available for turf managers to help monitor soil or weather conditions, diagnose turf problems or even take the guesswork out of selecting the best-suited grass type for the shade environment, according to a […]

Super cold hardy Satsuma Orange Frost named Texas Superstar

A great Father’s Day gift, says AgriLife horticulturist Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION — There’s still plenty of time to plant Satsuma Orange Frost, the new extremely cold-tolerant mandarin. So says David Rodriguez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for horticulture in Bexar County and member of the Texas Superstar selection board. “Personally, […]