Texas crop, weather for Feb. 23, 2016

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 what time period you are looking at,” said Dr. John […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 16, 2016

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 cotton acreage is expected to increase by 5.6 percent, with South Texas responsible for the statewide increase. […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 10, 2016

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 is, of course, referring to “chilling hours,” the number of hours of cold temperatures during […]

Texas crop, weather for Feb. 2, 2016

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 experiencing a drying trend in many areas, and the soil-moisture profile is good, which is […]

Texas crop, weather for Jan. 26, 2016

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 (planted) acres in the Blacklands,” Neely said. The region was dry all summer […]

Texas crop, weather for Jan. 20, 2016

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 El Niño, although it’s already pretty strong, is actually going to strengthen a bit more […]

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

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, said past studies have shown one such event usually does not adversely […]

Texas crop, weather for Nov. 24, 2015

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 has been fantastic,” said Dr. Jim Cathey, AgriLife Extension wildlife and fisheries program leader […]

AgriLife Extension sprinkler system lab to receive certification

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 manages the Irrigation Technology Programs Lab of the department of biological and agricultural engineering department at Texas […]