More than just cotton

VERNON – Conservation practices are a growing part of cropping systems in the Rolling Plains, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists who are helping producers look at the big picture, instead of just crop to crop. Dr. Curtis Adams, cropping systems agronomist, and Dr. Paul DeLaune, environmental soil scientist, both with AgriLife Research in […]

Riparian, stream ecosystem workshop set for May 16 in Fredericksburg

FREDERICKSBURG — The Texas Water Resources Institute will host a free workshop from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. May 16 in Fredericksburg for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Pedernales River watershed area. The workshop is part of the Texas Riparian and Stream Education Program. The morning session will be at the […]

Genome sequence of fuel-producing alga announced

COLLEGE STATION – The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A&M AgriLife Research.            The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist and principal investigator in College Station. […]

Overton: Test plots and online database offer winter pasture information to producers

OVERTON – Annual ryegrass and small-grain test plots and online historical trial results provide solid winter pasture information for East Texas producers, said a Texas A&M researcher. Annual ryegrass cultivars and small grain cultivars are evaluated each year at Overton for cold tolerance, disease incidence and seasonal forage yield, said Dr. Gerald Smith, Texas A&M […]

Private pesticide applicator training set for May 16 in Uvalde

UVALDE — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in collaboration with the Texas Department of Agriculture, is offering certification training for private pesticide applicators May 16 in Uvalde. Training will be from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. at the Leona Room of the Uvalde County Fairplex, 215 Veterans Lane. Donuts and […]

Bhimu Patil receives the Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award

COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of the Texas A&M University Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center in College Station, received the 2017 Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award at the Viva Fresh Produce Expo in Austin April 21. The Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award is given to “individuals whose careers have demonstrated leadership with industry […]

Aquatic ‘passenger pigeon’ shiner found swimming in the Rio Grande

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Kevin Conway is ecstatic. Conway, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research wildlife and fisheries scientist at College Station, is part of a joint team of researchers from Texas A&M University and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department who after years of searching, recently collected a rare fish from the Rio Grande. “The Rio […]

Annual watershed cleanup event a success

SEGUIN – More than 180 volunteers removed 1,900-plus pounds of trash and debris during the recent fifth-annual Geronimo and Alligator creeks cleanup event, said event coordinators. The event was coordinated by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Partnership and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority as part of implementation efforts for the area’s watershed […]