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 […]

Texas crop, weather for July 15, 2014

Sugarcane aphids found early in northeast Texas sorghum fields Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – It’s not too late to control sugarcane aphids on northeast Texas sorghum fields, but it will be very soon, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “The aphids just showed up here in northeast Texas the […]

Texas crop, weather for July 8, 2014

‘Out-of sight’ beef prices pose opportunity for those with grass Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Record high cattle and beef prices are actually making rebuilding herds a good bet, at least for some beef cattle producers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “’Out of sight’ is a good term […]

Texas crop, weather for July 1, 2014

Fall pecan crop estimated to be about 50 million to 55 million pounds Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Because of significant damage from an April freeze along with other factors, it’s become difficult to estimate the size of the Texas pecan crop, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. But that […]