Texas crop, weather for Aug. 19, 2014

As dog days of summer drag on, drier conditions prevail Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Except for a few isolated areas, the entire state received some rain in the last seven days, from barely a trace to as much as 2 inches in parts of the Panhandle and West Central Texas, according […]

Wheat, stocker cattle lease decisions impacted by corn prices

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Stan Bevers, 940-552-9941, sbevers@ag.tamu.edu WICHITA FALLS – With all the rain in July, things are looking a little more optimistic for wheat and stocker cattle operators than in the past four years in the Rolling Plains of Texas and southern Oklahoma, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. […]

Not too late for Waste to Worth conference submissions

Farmers, students, researcher submissions welcome Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu SEATTLE – There’s still time to submit abstracts, papers and posters for a national conference on agricultural waste and environmental quality to be held in Seattle next spring. “ Input is welcome,not just from scientists and educators, but from farmers and agri-businesses as well,” said […]

New AgriLife Extension agent hired in Dickens County

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Chase Witt, 806-623-5552, chase.witt@ag.tamu.edu DICKENS – Chase Witt will begin his new position with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Aug. 18 as the agriculture and natural resources agent for Dickens County, according to Miles Dabovich, AgriLife Extension district administrator in Vernon. “We are excited to bring Chase aboard to […]

AgriLife Research ram test starts Sept. 15 at San Angelo

  Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Dan Waldron, 325-653-4576, d-waldron@tamu.edu   SAN ANGELO – The 2014-2015 Annual Ram Performance Test conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife  Research will begin Sept. 15 with delivery of the Rambouillet rams to the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo. The center is located north […]

Temple Grandin stresses the little things on ways to handle livestock

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – When it comes to handling livestock, observing the little things can make for a more pleasant experience – both for the animal and the livestock, according to Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University professor and animal scientist. “I stress to students the need to be observant,” said […]

AgriLife Extension sets two meetings: crops on Aug. 21, cattle on Aug. 28

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: John Villalba, 806-995-3726, John.Villalba@ag.tamu.edu TULIA – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Swisher County Ag Committee will conduct two producer programs in late August. A Swisher County Sorghum and Corn Tour is set for Aug. 21, and a Stocker Cattle Workshop will be Aug. 28. Both have a $10 […]

Texas crop, weather for Aug. 12, 2014

AgriLife horticulturist: Winter garden water issues ‘big time serious!’ Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – “Little showers aren’t going to do it. We need a flood,” said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist who works closely with vegetable, fruit and nut growers in the Winter Garden region. Faced with limited irrigation water […]

Gary Smith rejoins Texas A&M animal science faculty

Contact: Courtney Coufal, 979-249-6301, cacoufal@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Gary Smith has rejoined the Texas A&M University department of animal science as a visiting professor in College Station. Smith previously worked at Texas A&M as professor from 1969-1982 and head of the department of animal science from 1982-1990. In addition, effective July 1, Smith also […]

Russian ban on U.S. agricultural products to affect Texas

Beef, poultry exports among Texas commodities Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Luis Ribera, 956-968-5581, LARibera@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Russia’s ban on U.S. agricultural products would be costly, especially to Texas, with the biggest impact to beef and poultry exporters, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. The proposed ban is in […]