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, […]

East Texas Horticultural Field Day set June 26

This year’s trials to include vegetables Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, OVERTON – For the first time since 2009, the 2014 Overton Horticultural Field Day will include vegetable trials in addition to the hundreds of bedding plant trials that are the standard fare, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Research experts. Set this year on June […]

AgriLife Research expert: Drought, water limitations survivable by turfgrasses

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Richard White, 979-845-1550, DALLAS – Many areas of Texas are having water shortages in the continuing drought, and a big concern is the inability to irrigate turfgrass, whether that is due to lack of water or municipality restrictions. Homeowners are asking: What is my turf going to […]