Texas crop, weather for July 28, 2015

New, stronger El Niño may bring another drenched winter Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A super-strong El Niño now brewing in the tropical Pacific will likely bring another rain-drenched winter to large parts of Texas, said Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, College Station. But the climate scientist said he doesn’t expect a […]

Texas crop, weather for July 21, 2015

Bermuda grass stem maggot advances across Texas Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After a year of low activity, the Bermuda grass stem maggot has returned with a vengeance and spread quickly across Texas. “Since 2013, this new pest has rapidly expanded its range in Texas and is now found throughout much of […]

Texas crop, weather for July 14, 2015

State climatologist: Say goodbye to the rain for a while Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Tired of it always raining? You’re in luck; the rains will likely cease for the rest of July. “I think you can say goodbye to the rain for a while,” said Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, College […]

Texas crop, weather for July 7, 2015

One benefit of all the rains were fewer grasshoppers overall Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Though there have been reports of high grasshopper populations in some areas, generally the pest’s numbers statewide are much lower this year. “Our expectations this year were that grasshopper numbers would be lower because during heavy rains […]

Texas crop, weather for June 30, 2015

Much of peach crop excellent quality, quantity Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – As predicted in March, this year’s peach crop is turning out to be one of the best in many years. In March, Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist at Uvalde, noted that peaches throughout the state had […]

Texas crop, weather for June 23, 2015

Rice situation varies widely; much never got planted Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After years of having not enough water to grow rice, many of the major production areas of the state got too much, according to reports by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel in the major rice growing counties. The […]

BeefSys database designed to prevent decades of research data being lost

Records includes data on beef, forage research from 1968 to 2015 Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu OVERTON – The 2002 movie “All About Schmidt” struck an all-too-familiar chord with Dr. Monte Rouquette, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist, Overton, he said. In the movie, Warren Schmidt, played by Jack Nicholson, is an insurance statistician who has […]

Texas crop, weather for June 16, 2015

Pre-harvest wheat sprouting not as severe as anticipated Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – In late May, it appeared many wheat growers were poised to suffer big discounts because of pre-harvest sprouting of winter wheat, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “In the Blacklands and East Texas, from the reports I’ve […]

Texas crop, weather for June 9, 2015

AgriLife expert: Texas state cotton acreage down ‘considerably’ from spring estimates Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A considerable portion of the state’s expected cotton acreage will not be planted this year primarily due to low prices and excessive rain, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “Over 300,000 acres in the […]

Texas crop, weather for June 2, 2015

AgriLife expert: Most corn should fare well as fields dry out Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Despite some yellowing from overly wet conditions, most of the corn in the Coastal Bend area will probably recover, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. But it’s difficult to make broad generalizations about […]