Texas crop, weather for June 30, 2015

Much of peach crop excellent quality, quantity Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – As predicted in March, this year’s peach crop is turning out to be one of the best in many years. In March, Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist at Uvalde, noted that peaches throughout the state had […]

Sugarcane aphids make 2015 West Central Texas debut

AgriLife Extension expert advises due diligence in managing fast-moving pest Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Charles Allen, 325-653-4576, ctallen@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Sugarcane aphid, the pest that devastated thousands of acres of grain and forage sorghum crops last year across the south, has again been spotted in West Central Texas, an expert warns. […]

Texas crop, weather for June 23, 2015

Rice situation varies widely; much never got planted Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After years of having not enough water to grow rice, many of the major production areas of the state got too much, according to reports by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel in the major rice growing counties. The […]

Texas crop, weather for June 16, 2015

Pre-harvest wheat sprouting not as severe as anticipated Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – In late May, it appeared many wheat growers were poised to suffer big discounts because of pre-harvest sprouting of winter wheat, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “In the Blacklands and East Texas, from the reports I’ve […]

From drought to rust, Texas A&M wheat breeders prepare for the elements

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Amir Ibrahim, 979-845-8274, aibrahim@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The wheat breeding program in Texas is very diverse, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists learn something every year from the changing environment. For the past four years, it was about drought; this year, with the moisture, […]

Texas crop, weather for June 9, 2015

AgriLife expert: Texas state cotton acreage down ‘considerably’ from spring estimates Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A considerable portion of the state’s expected cotton acreage will not be planted this year primarily due to low prices and excessive rain, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “Over 300,000 acres in the […]

New insect threatens South Texas vegetable crops

AgriLife Extension experts: Bagrada bug could spread throughout the U.S.   WESLACO  —  Yet again, another insect pest has moved into South Texas with the potential to damage crops and spread to other parts of the nation, according to experts at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. “This one is called […]

Texas crop, weather for June 2, 2015

AgriLife expert: Most corn should fare well as fields dry out Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Despite some yellowing from overly wet conditions, most of the corn in the Coastal Bend area will probably recover, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. But it’s difficult to make broad generalizations about […]

Hybrid pearl millet may resolve some forage sorghum concerns

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu; Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Allen Knutson, 972-952-9222, a-knutson@tamu.edu LUBBOCK – With the widespread presence of sugarcane aphid in Texas in 2014, and an expectation this pest could be a threat in 2015 to Texas sorghums, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts said […]

Properly maintained fence lines will be topic of June 4 webinar

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: James Jackson, 254-968-4144, JamesR.Jackson@ag.tamu.edu Pete Flores, 361-362-9201, Pete.Flores@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – “How to Manage Mixed Brush in Fence Lines and Pastures” will be the topic for the June 4 webinar by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service ecosystem science and management unit. The webinar is a part of the […]