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 […]

Texas crop, weather for Oct. 27, 2015

For most Texas pecans, Hurricane Patricia was the perfect storm Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Heavy rains in many parts of the state may have damaged some crops, but for this year’s pecan crop, it was “just what the doctor ordered,” said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Comprehensive reports of […]

Texas crop, weather for Oct. 20, 2015

State climatologist: Rain forecast more a prelude than ‘true’ El Niño Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The forecast of rains for Texas this week will be music to many farmers and ranchers ears, but the coming stormy weather is not the main El Niño event, according to a climatologist. It’s more like […]

Texas crop, weather for Oct. 14, 2015

Warm fall allows Texas High Plains and Rolling Plains cotton to mature Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The warmer fall weather has greatly helped Texas cotton in the Rolling Plains and High Plains areas catch up on maturity, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “Overall, from Haskell and Knox counties, […]