Smith County ‘Bulbs and More’ set for Oct. 11

More than 50 bulb varieties offered Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu TYLER – The Smith County Master Gardeners’ annual “Bulbs and More” sale will be held Oct. 11 at the Harvey Convention Center located at 2000 W. Front St., Tyler. This year’s sale will feature more than 50 bulb varieties, chosen for their ability to […]

Combating national rose rosette disease crisis focus of Texas study

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. David Byrne, 979-845-9500, dbyrne@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A tiny mite carried through the wind is threatening to take down the $400 million rose industry, and researchers from California to Pennsylvania are starting a five-year study to stop it.   “Garden roses, which form the cornerstone of the multi-billion dollar […]

High Plains gardening classes set Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 in Amarillo

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Nathan Carr, 806-373-0713, rncarr@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Potter County will offer the “Introduction to High Plains Gardening” for three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 30. All classes will start at 6 p.m.at the AgriLife Extension offices for Potter County at 3301 E. 10th Ave. […]

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, rd-burns@tamu.edu 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, rd-burns@tamu.edu 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, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Robert Scott, 806-775-1680, rj-scott@tamu.edu   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, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Casey Reynolds, 979-845-0603, casey.reynolds@ag.tamu.edu 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, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: J.B. Holladay, 281-342-3034, JB.Holladay@ag.tamu.edu 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 […]