Earth-Kind landscape shortcourse set for Jan. 21-23 in College Station

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, Contact: Dr. Mengmeng Gu, 979-845-8567, COLLEGE STATION — Professionals who manage and maintain urban green spaces are encouraged to attend the Earth-Kind Landscape Short Course Jan. 21-23 in College Station, according to organizer Dr. Mengmeng Gu, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulture specialist. The event will be at the […]

Long-term ranching outlook to highlight Jan. 14-15 Southwest Beef Symposium in Amarillo

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, AMARILLO – Big-picture emerging issues in the beef and ranching industries will be addressed at the Southwest Beef Symposium, jointly hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service. This year’s conference, themed “Looking to the Future,” […]

‘Liking’ this Facebook page may help treat what you don’t like on your plants

COLLEGE STATION — If you “like” the Texas Plant Diagnostic Lab on Facebook, it’s probably because there is something happening to your plants that you definitely do not like. Seeing yellow leaves on basil or black spots on Indian hawthornleaves, for example, is much the same for a plant as coughing or having a rash […]

Picking vegetables to grow starts with knowing where to plant

COLLEGE STATION — No matter how you look at it, the online Texas Vegetable Variety Selector will help growers choose the best types to grow in a particular locale, according to Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist in College Station. “It’s a one-stop website designed to help AgriLife Extension agents and the […]

Texas crop, weather for Nov. 11, 2014

Arctic blast unlikely to hurt newly emerged wheat Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – It’s highly unlikely the sub-freezing weather will damage any of the state’s winter wheat crop, even newly emerged plants, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “It would have to get pretty darn cold for it to […]

Texas roses must be ‘on’ year round to make the cut

COLLEGE STATION — It’s late autumn, and most of the blossom-laden plants that colored summer are fading. But seasonal changes offer no excuse for roses in experimental plots around Texas. They had better be loaded with colorful, fragrant autumn blooms and healthy green foliage if they ever expect to be planted in someone’s yard. That’s […]

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

More than 50 bulb varieties offered Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, 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, Contact: Dr. David Byrne, 979-845-9500, 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, Contact: Nathan Carr, 806-373-0713, 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 the AgriLife Extension offices for Potter County at 3301 E. 10th Ave. […]