New cotton technologies add to grower responsibilities

LUBBOCK – From a cotton farming standpoint, it may be more important now than ever to know your surroundings, said a pair of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists at Lubbock.                 In the past, farmers used to plant brown bag seed and had few postemergence herbicide options, said Dr. Seth Byrd, AgriLife Extension agronomist. […]

Variety screening identifies potatoes with resistance to zebra chip disease

AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathology team in Amarillo intentionally infected potato plants with psyllids positive with the bacterium that causes zebra chip, a deadly disease plaguing the potato industry for the past 15 years. The outcome is some promising germplasm that will help in the battle against the costly disease, said […]

Animal behaviorist looks through the eyes of peafowl

COLLEGE STATION – Flock, muster ostentation, cluster, lek, pulchritude, pride or bawl, no matter what a group of peacocks is called, Texas A&M University at College Station is now home to 40 of them, thanks to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.                 Dr. Jessica Yorzinski with the university’s wildlife and fisheries sciences department, said […]

West Texas bees doubt groundhog’s extended winter prediction

SAN ANGELO – SPLAT! West Texas honey bees are on the move, so motorists shouldn’t be surprised if their windshields are strafed by a hapless swarm in coming weeks, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. Dr. Charles Allen, of San Angelo, said the unusually warm February, touted as the warmest on record here, […]

Minimizing Livestock Predation Workshop slated for March 13 in Eden

EDEN – The Minimizing Livestock Predation Workshop is set for 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. March 13 in the Roy Burnes Civic Center in Eden. The workshop is being conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “Predation is a constant worry to sheep and goat raisers throughout our region,” said Tanner Wieghat, AgriLife Extension agent in […]

Spring Ranch Management University set for April 3-7 in College Station

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University will be offered April 3-7, said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program leader, College Station. Ranch Management University is held each spring and fall at the G. Rollie White […]