Texas crop, weather for Sept. 16, 2014

From too little rain, to too much rain, too early for South Texas Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After prolonged drought, South Texas producers are now struggling with too much moisture, according to Rod Santa Ana, Texas A&M AgriLife communications specialist based in Weslaco. On Sept. 16, the rains were continuing without […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 9, 2014

Despite late rains, High Plains dryland cotton crop could still be pretty good Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Rains came to the Panhandle and South Plains a couple weeks too late to ensure a really good dryland cotton crop across the board, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. In […]

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 3, 2014

Rye seed shortage may call for revised winter pasture strategy Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A shortage of small grain rye seed may require many East and Central Texas producers to rethink their winter pasture plan, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “The shortage is primarily of varieties we […]

Texas crop, weather for Aug. 26, 2014

Agronomist gives ‘heads-up’ over armyworm concerns in headed-out sorghum Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts warn grain sorghum producers they should now be ever more vigilant in scouting for armyworms in the coming weeks as the crop heads out. “The second-generation trap counts showed they were very […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Spotted winged drosophila poses risk to soft-bodied fruits

Female has toothed organ to saw through fruit skin Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu OVERTON – Early awareness of a tiny insect could save Texas fruit growers a lot of money, perhaps even their entire crop, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. The potential risk is from the spotted wing drosophila, a […]

Texas crop, weather for July 29, 2014

Fall armyworms on the march early due to unseasonable rains Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Fall armyworms are more like “summer” armyworms this year due to unseasonable rains, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. “It’s related to the rains we’ve had in July,” said Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Extension […]

Texas crop, weather for July 22, 2014

Hay situation good in east, southeast, iffy in others Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – While some parts of Texas have been lucky when it comes to hay production, others will likely have an expensive go at feeding cattle this winter, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “We’ve been blessed […]