Texas crop, weather for Feb. 23, 2016

What happened to El Niño? Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Most of the state has been drier than normal by 1 inch to 3 inches for the last 30 days, according to the National Weather Service. So what happened to the wetter-than-normal winter predicted because of El Niño? “It all depends upon […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 16, 2016

Texas cotton ‘actual’ plantings could be down a little compared to last year Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Feb. 5 National Cotton Council’s 35th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey indicated Texas growers intended plantings to be up 5.6 percent over the actual plantings in 2015. According to the survey, “Overall, […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 10, 2016

Chilling hours for peaches generally on target across the state Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – It’s been a generally mild winter, and the state’s peach orchards have pretty much been doing what one would expect: “chilling,” said Monte Nesbitt, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service pecan, fruit and citrus specialist, College Station. Nesbitt […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 2, 2016

Groundhog shadow or not, conditions look favorable for corn planting Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – According to various news agency reports, groundhogs across the nation, including Punxsutawney Phil, did not see their shadows today, which, by tradition, means spring will come early this year. “Regardless of what the groundhogs indicate, we are […]

Texas crop, weather for Jan. 26, 2016

Only about 20 percent of Blacklands wheat planted Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Central Texas wheat growers continue to have a challenging year, said Dr. Clark Neely, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small grains specialist, College Station. “There’s a couple of different stories going on now with wheat, the first being prevented […]

Texas crop, weather for Jan. 20, 2016

Further strengthening El Niño could mean elevated rainfall through May Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A further strengthening of the current El Niño will likely mean wetter-than-normal conditions continue into spring, according to Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist and Regents Professor at Texas A&M University, College Station. “There’s the possibility that this […]

Raise a glass to the final semester test in college winemaking class

COLLEGE STATION — Finishing up college finals never tasted so good — at least for the 30 students in the Enology 421 class in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. Their final exam for the fall semester was to uncork a bottle of wine they carefully crafted and creatively named […]

Texas crop, weather for Dec. 1, 2015

Wet freezing weather further delays cotton harvest Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Some farmers were concerned about the recent ice and rain in the High Plains causing deterioration of cotton grade and quality, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reports. However, Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist, College Station, […]

Texas crop, weather for Nov. 24, 2015

AgriLife Expert: 2015 is ‘jubilee’ year for deer hunting Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Thanks to plenty of rain at the right times, the 2015 hunting season has been a “jubilee year” for the white-tailed deer crop, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist. “The deer crop this year […]

AgriLife Extension sprinkler system lab to receive certification

Lab will be soon certified to test products for EPA WaterSense label Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – New lawn sprinklers have built-in pressure regulators, but how accurate are they? That’s the question he will soon be able to answer, said Charles Swanson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service irrigation specialist, College Station. Swanson […]