Texas crop, weather for April 15, 2014

Freeze puts large swathes of Texas wheat at risk of freeze injury Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Sub-freezing temperatures on the morning of April 15 put large acreages of Texas wheat at risk for freeze injury, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Temperatures were not as low in the […]

Texas crop, weather for April 8, 2014

Farmers fighting wind erosion and continued drought Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – During the first week of April, parts of the North, East, Central and Rolling Plains regions received from 0.5 inch to 2 inches of rain, according the National Weather Service and reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. The […]

Texas crop, weather for April 1, 2014

Worsening drought is no April Fools joke Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – As Mother Nature continues to play what seems like an extended April Fools joke on parts of Texas with ongoing drought, agricultural producers have some tough cropping decisions to make, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service crops expert. […]

Texas crop, weather for March 25, 2014

State Climatologist: New Dust Bowl days not here yet but could happen Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Though it may seem like a return of Dust Bowl days to some Texas High Plains farmers and ranchers, we’re not there yet — at least not quite, according to Dr. John Neilsen-Gammon, state climatologist, […]

Texas crop, weather for March 18, 2014

Wheat crop below average; cotton planting delayed Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION –The Texas wheat crop remains below average, and very little cotton has been planted, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. Dry weather is the culprit for the poor wheat crop, while lower-than-normal soil temperatures have been the primary […]

Tycoon Tomato named Texas Superstar

Released in 2011, Tycoon rivals or surpasses Celebrity tomato performance Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Tycoon tomato has many characteristics that rival or even best the Celebrity tomato, the long-standing favorite of many commercial and home growers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist. Tycoon tomato has superior resistance to […]

Texas crop, weather for March 11, 2014

Cotton acres expected to be way up over 2013 Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – From all indications, 2014 Texas cotton plantings will be a double-digit percentage increase over those in 2013, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. The expectations are for plantings to be 6.5 million acres or more, […]

Texas crop, weather for March 4, 2014

Most peaches, other fruits, probably not damaged by freeze Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The buds of many peach and other fruit trees were not open enough to be damaged by the latest cold front that stormed through Texas, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Though he doesn’t expect […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 25, 2014

AgriLife Extension agronomist: Crop prospects not good at this time Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dry topsoil and low subsoil moisture, along with cooler than normal soil temperatures, are having a chilling effect on spring planting, said Dr. Travis Miller, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist and Texas A&M University soil and […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 19, 2014

2014 calf crop projected down 2 to 3 percent from 2013 Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.eduCOLLEGE STATION – The 2014 Texas calf crop is expected to be 2 to 3 percent lower than it was in 2013, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “We’re projecting it to be somewhere around 3.8 million […]