Agricultural leasing workshop set Oct. 19 in San Angelo

SAN ANGELO – The final program in the 2017 series of Rancher Leasing Workshops covering grazing, hunting and livestock leases is scheduled Oct. 19 in San Angelo by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The workshop addresses the legal risks associated with agricultural leases, said Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist in Amarillo. […]

Edgewood ISD elementary students get opportunity to Learn, Grow, Eat and Go!

SAN ANTONIO –  More than 200 students from Alonso S. Perales Elementary School in the Edgewood Independent School District recently participated in the kickoff of a 10-week program being presented in low-income areas of Bexar County. The Learn, Grow, Eat and Go! initiative of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and its Junior Master Gardener […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Sept. 19, 2017

COLLEGE STATION – Most sorghum producers around the state experienced lower sugarcane aphid populations than the previous two years, with some help from nature, growing conditions, technology and adequate preparation, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Danielle Sekula, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management entomologist, Weslaco, said damages the previous two growing seasons had […]

International beef initiative launched by Texas A&M animal science

COLLEGE STATION – A new international beef initiative is underway by the Texas A&M University department of animal science, emphasizing research and educational activities related to cattle adapted to subtropical and tropical climates. Dr. Cliff Lamb, department head, said two new faculty positions have been created to lead this effort. The initiative includes establishing a […]

Sorghum silage field day adds nutritional education to crop production

AMARILLO – When producers showed up to the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service forage sorghum silage tour near Bushland, little did they know they would be getting a muffin and a nutrition education. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, added Lizabeth Gresham, AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent for Potter County, […]

Water well owner training set for Sept. 26 in New Braunfels

NEW BRAUNFELS — Anyone interested in private water well management is invited to a Texas Well Owner Network training Sept. 26 in New Braunfels. The training is being offered to area private water well owners in collaboration with the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership. The training, which is free and open to the public, […]

Centex Beef Symposium Sept. 29 at Swinging B Ranch in Axtell

AXTELL – Live cattle demonstrations, a ranch tour and ribeye steak dinner will be the featured activities at the Centex Beef Cattle Symposium Sept. 29 at the Swinging B Ranch, 1652 Kirkland Hill Road in Axtell. Cost is $25 and RSVP is requested by Sept. 22 by calling 254-757-5180. One general Texas Department of Agriculture […]

Winter forages can reduce costs and boost cow/calf weight gains, experts say

OVERTON – Planting successful winter forage pastures can reduce supplemental feed costs and boost cow/calf weight gains, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, and Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, both in Overton, said following recommended practices regarding winter pastures can improve producers’ bottom line.  […]

Southwest Dairy Day to highlight cross-ventilated barn

GUSTINE – The annual Southwest Dairy Day Oct. 18 will feature a cross-ventilated barn designed to mitigate heat stress for milking cows and a robotic pre-dipper in the parlor. The event is free and open to the public.  The two innovations are used at Wildcat Dairy, 600 County Road 252 near Gustine. Southwest Dairy Day […]

Texas, out-of-state 4-H’ers pitch in on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Hundreds of youth in Texas 4-H  and out-of-state 4-H programs gave their “heads, hearts, hands and health” to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas, said Dr. Toby Lepley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state 4-H youth development specialist, College Station. Texas 4-H is the youth development component of the Texas A&M […]