New computer model uses decades of data to help producers predict wheat forage success

OVERTON – A new, pioneering forage wheat model could provide a valuable technique to researchers exploring the potential of biomass production for cool-season annual forage grasses, according to model developers. Researchers at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton – Dr. Monte Rouquette, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant physiologist, and Dr. Prem […]

West Plains Crops Conference set Jan. 11 in Levelland

LEVELLAND – The West Plains Crops Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Hockley, Cochran and Lamb counties, will be held Jan. 11 in the Sundown Room, 1401 S. College Ave., South Plains College, Levelland. “This year we have a program packed with experts on cotton and other crops in this […]

Texas A&M scientists find Mexican endemic fish never identified in U.S.

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M University’s Dr. Kevin Conway, Dr. Joshuah Perkin and their team have located an extremely rare find within the waters of the Rio Grande along the U.S. and Mexico border. The Conchos shiner, Cyprinella panarcys, a fish species identified for the first time on record in the U.S. in April, was […]

Longtime AgriLife Research economist Dr. James Richardson to retire

COLLEGE STATION – Since the mid-1980s, the simulation model developed by a Texas A&M AgriLife Research economist has been used to evaluate countless farm bill proposals by Congress to determine both the good and bad financial outcomes for U.S. farmers. After a 41-year career with the Texas A&M System, Dr. James Richardson, co-director of the […]

Researchers zero in on potential therapeutic target for diabetes, associated diseases

COLLEGE STATION – A recent study led by researchers in Texas A&M University’s department of nutrition and food science shows how a novel regulatory mechanism serves as an important biomarker for the development of diabetes, as well as a potential therapeutic target for its prevention. The study can be found online in the November edition […]

Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic Jan. 3 in Cameron

CAMERON –  The Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic, one of the longest-running programs offered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is scheduled for Jan. 3 at the Milam County Youth Building, 301 S. Houston St. in Cameron. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. RSVP is requested by Dec. 31 by calling the AgriLife Extension office […]

New chemistries tested for weed control in corn

AMARILLO – While producers may find newer corn herbicides on the market, it is important to look herbicide performance under regional environmental conditions before making any large purchases, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. There are many good herbicides on the market, but producers often find that some herbicides perform poorly under stressful […]

Pierson at conference: Plant microbiomes could hold key to higher yields

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Betsy Pierson, professor in the department of horticulture sciences for Texas A&M University, spoke at the Texas Plant Protection Association conference, stressing the importance of microbiome research for Texas growers. Microbiomes are tiny ecosystems surrounding plants, involving microorganisms that contribute to a plant’s health and productivity. Pierson, the 2017 TPPA academic/agency […]