Weather conditions delayed cool-season forage planting

OVERTON – Warm temperatures and dry conditions have pushed planting of cool-season forage plantings past the normal, prime window for many East Texas producers, according to Texas A&M AgriLife experts. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist, Overton, said producers ideally wanted to plant winter pastures between late-September and mid-October. But roller […]

Circadian clock discovery could help boost water efficiency in food plants

DALLAS — A discovery by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists in Dallas provides new insights about the biological or circadian clock, how it regulates high water-use efficiency in some plants, and how others, including food plants, might be improved for the same efficiency, possibly to grow in conditions uninhabitable for them today. The scientists in […]

Genetic discovery another tool in battle against wheat pests

AMARILLO – Greenbug and Hessian fly infestations can significantly reduce wheat yield and quality in Texas and worldwide. Breeding for resistance to these two pests using marker-assisted selection just got a new tool from a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. Because genetics is the most economical strategy to minimize losses, AgriLife Research wheat geneticist Dr. […]

It takes a village … a city, a world

BEAUMONT — Aditi Pandey is one of more than 1 million young adults who left their native countries last year for an education in the U.S. About 21 percent of the foreign students came to study engineering, another 19 percent came for business and management, and almost 14 percent came for computer science and math […]

AgriLife eyes ways to match offspring with their dams using new producer-friendly technologies

SAN ANGELO – The age-old problem of matching ewes with their offspring is getting some help from modern technology, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “For a sizeable group of animals, matching lambs with their mothers can turn into a logistical and economic nightmare,” said Dr. Reid Redden, AgriLife Extension state sheep and […]

Additional free testing available for private water well owners affected by Hurricane Harvey

COLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and others are collaborating to offer another set of water testing opportunities for private well owners in areas affected by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey. Dr. Diane Boellstorff, AgriLife Extension water resource specialist, College Station, said water from a flooded well should not be used for drinking, cooking, […]

Water quality training Dec.7 in La Vernia

LA VERNIA – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to the mid and lower Cibolo Creek watershed area will be from 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 7 at the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce Hall, 12301 W. U.S. Highway 87 in La Vernia. The free workshop is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension […]

Water well owner training set for Nov. 14 in Junction

JUNCTION — Anyone interested in private water well management is invited to a Texas Well Owner Network training Nov. 14 in Junction. The training, which is free and open to the public, will be from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Texas Tech Center at Junction, 254 Red Raider Ln. Coordinators said the training is being […]