Texas crop, weather for May 27, 2015

Heavy weather pattern may break in the next two weeks Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Both the El Niño pattern and global warming are the usual suspects for a large, high-level low-pressure area and the resulting catastrophic weather, but neither can be blamed, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist. “We’re currently […]

AgriLife Research engineer develops real-time listeria biosensor prototype

Eventually, chip-based device should detect pathogen within minutes Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M AgriLife Research engineer and a Florida colleague have developed a biosensor that can detect listeria bacterial contamination within two or three minutes. “We hope to soon be able to detect levels as low as one bacteria […]

Texas crop, weather for May 19, 2015

Wet conditions continued to delay hay harvesting throughout much of the state Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Continued heavy rains through the South, Central, Southeast, East and North regions of the state delayed hay harvesting, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. The current cool, extremely wet conditions in many areas […]

Texas crop, weather for May 12, 2015

Rains continued to delay fieldwork, hay harvesting Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Rain continued to push back the drought, but producers in much of the eastern part of the state felt like they were being washed away, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reports. In the last seven days, all of […]

Texas crop, weather for May 5, 2015

Cotton farmers face price quandary but will probably plant anyway Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Cotton growers in the Texas High Plains have been facing a quandary: to plant or not to plant, said Dr. John Robinson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cotton economist in College Station. Most Panhandle, South Texas and […]

Texas crop, weather for April 28, 2015

Plantings continue despite frequent rains COLLEGE STATION – With continuing rains and wet field conditions, planting of most crops in Texas remained behind the five-year average, according to a summary by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistical Service, Austin. The service compiles its summaries from weekly condition reports by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension […]

Texas crop, weather for April 21, 2015

Heavy rains continue to benefit wheat but delay other plantings Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – More rainstorms swept over much of the state, leaving fields too soggy to work in many areas, but generally benefiting wheat, pastures and rangeland, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Planting of corn, cotton, rice, […]

Texas crop, weather for April 14, 2015

Cotton plantings a week to 10 days behind Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Only about 5 percent of Texas cotton is planted, down from the five-year average of 12 percent for this time of year, according to the latest weekly reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel across the state. But […]

Texas crop, weather for April 7, 2015

Sugarcane aphid infestations early in the season could be much greater this year Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – This year, the sugarcane aphid has been found overwintering much farther north than previously expected, according to Dr. Robert Bowling, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist, Corpus Christi. This means the potential for sugarcane […]

Texas crop, weather for March 31, 2015

Peach crop could be the best in years Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Conditions are so favorable for an outstanding Texas peach crop this year that he almost hates to talk about them lest he jinxes the crop, joked Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist for fruits, nuts and […]