Military deployments highlight importance of plants, lead Master Sergeant to college

COLLEGE STATION — From the air, while traveling to various deployments in her more than 30-year career, U.S. Army Master Sgt. Sherrie Yeates realized a correlation between the look of the land and the state of its people. “Over the Midwestern U.S., you see pastures with livestock, shade trees and ponds. You see rolling fields […]

Turfgrass short course to be offered in College Station Jan. 17-20

COLLEGE STATION – An intensive four-day Turfgrass Ecology and Management Short Course will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Jan. 17-20 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. Dr. Casey Reynolds, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist in College Station, will present the educational workshop for anyone interested in the fundamentals of […]

Rolling Plains Applicator Training set for Dec. 6 in Burkburnett

BURKBURNETT – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Wichita County will host a Rolling Plains Applicator Training Dec. 6 in the Wichita County Precinct 2 Shop, 102 W. College, Burkburnett. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The fee is $30 and covers lunch, door prizes and five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units […]

Pecan clinic set Nov. 7 in Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host the Rolling Plains Pecan Clinic Nov. 7 at the Riverbend Nature Center, 2200 3rd St. in Wichita Falls. “Pecan trees are one of the primary trees in this region, and we receive a lot of questions about them,” said David Graf, AgriLife Extension agriculture […]

Accurate diagnosis is the first step in addressing turfgrass problems

TYLER –  Calls have been pouring into Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent Chad Gulley’s office from homeowners whose grass is not faring well. Lawns are thinning, showing brown spots and showing other signs of pests and diseases, Gulley said. He noted diseases such as gray leaf spot and root rot, as well as  pests […]

Texas A&M working with industry to strengthen vegetable production program

AMARILLO – Texas retailers want locally grown produce, and Texas A&M AgriLife is working to make that happen. Dr. Bill McCutchen, Texas A&M AgriLife Research executive associate director in College Station, and Joseph Bunting, United Supermarkets produce director from Lubbock, talked about the need for Texas-grown produce at a recent Summer Crops Field Day near […]

Valley’s Master Gardener classes moving to cooler times

SAN BENITO – This year’s Master Gardener classes in Hidalgo and Cameron counties will move to the fall to avoid the area’s blistering heat, organizers said. “This is the first time Master Gardener classes will be held later in the year so we can take advantage of the cooler temperatures that provide our best growing […]

Greater Houston Plant Conference to highlight new plants coming on market

HOUSTON — From winter-hardy hibiscus to Earth-Kind plants, the Greater Houston Plant Conference will showcase varieties that garden enthusiasts will want to learn about, organizers said. The event will be 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston. Registration is $60 and can be completed at Lunch […]