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

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872,ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Kevin Ong, 979-845-8000, kevo@tamu.edu 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 […]

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, rd-burns@tamu.edu 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, 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 […]