Video: How to treat crapemyrtle bark scale at home

DALLAS — A new video by a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service urban entomologist gives viewers step-by-step instructions on treating trees for crapemyrtle bark scale, or CMBS. “Maybe its worst feature is that it produces a sugary excrement that makes the leaves sticky,” said Dr. Mike Merchant in Dallas about the pest. “It turns the […]

Crape myrtle bark scale study reveals tree treatments to fight pest

OVERTON – The second year of survey data tracking crape myrtle bark scale has provided researchers information they believe will help mitigate the pest’s effect on trees, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Erfan Vafaie, a AgriLife Extension entomologist and integrated pest management program specialist in Overton, and other collaborators in College Station, […]

Researchers begin tracking crape myrtle bark scale populations

TYLER — Black, sooty splotches pepper a line of 10 crape myrtle trees along Broadway Avenue in Tyler. The popular ornamental trees wear the tell-tale signs of bark scale infestations. Erfan Vafaie wrapped five branched on three crape myrtle trees, which is standard protocol for he and the six other researchers studying the bark scale, […]

AgriLife Extension Superior Service awards presented to agency faculty, staff

COLLEGE STATION – Faculty and staff of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service received the agency’s Superior Service Award during a ceremony Jan. 8 in College Station. A total of 17 individuals and seven teams were acknowledged for receiving this award, the agency’s highest, during AgriLife Extension’s recent statewide conference. The agency’s interim director, Dr. […]

Earth-Kind Landscape Short Course set for Dec. 17-19

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M University department of horticulture will be hosting an Earth-Kind Landscape Short Course Dec. 17-19 at the Texas A&M Horticulture Forestry Science Building, Room 224, College Station. The course will be offered as a continuing education program designed for professionals responsible for managing and maintaining urban green space such as […]

Crapemyrtle pest to be targeted by $3.3 million grant to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

COLLEGE STATION — The most popular flowering shrub in the U.S. has a new ally in a fight against a new, devastating exotic pest. A $3.3 million grant will fund the study “Systematic Strategies to Manage Crapemyrtle Bark Scale” to be led by Dr. Mengmeng Gu, associate professor and ornamental horticulturist for Texas A&M AgriLife […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — April 4

SAN ANGELO – Above-average temperatures throughout late winter and early spring have Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts around the state experiencing and expecting earlier-than-usual emergence of insects, said Dr. Charles Allen, AgriLife Extension entomologist and integrated pest management coordinator, San Angelo. Allen said producers should be prepared not only for earlier-than-normal pest emergence but […]

Tree care conference set for Feb. 24 in Grand Prairie

GRAND PRAIRIE – Commercial and municipal arborists who want to learn more about the evolution of tree care should attend the 2017 North Central Texas Urban Forestry Conference scheduled for Feb. 24 in Grand Prairie. The conference, which will highlight aspects of urban forestry and tree care, is a coordinated collaborative effort among the Texas […]

Earth-Kind Landscape Short Course to be held in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH — An Earth-Kind Landscape Short Course will be held in Fort Worth Nov. 30-Dec. 2 for professionals who manage and maintain urban green spaces, according to Dr. Mengmeng Gu, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist in College Station. The course will be at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Registration, which is limited to […]

Earth-Kind Landscape Short Course set for Dec. 14-16 in College Station

COLLEGE STATION — A three-day Earth-Kind Landscape Short Course will be held Dec. 14-16 for professionals who manage and maintain urban green spaces, according to Dr. Mengmeng Gu, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist in College Station. The course will be in the Horticulture and Forest Science Building on Texas A&M University’s West Campus. Registration, […]