Rosenthal Meat Science Center market makes special cuts for Valentine’s Day

COLLEGE STATION – Nothing says “I love you” quite like a heart-shaped ribeye steak for two, said Ray Riley, Texas A&M Meat Science Center manager, College Station. For the past three years leading up to Valentine’s Day, Riley has made special cuts for folks who want to prepare a special meal for their significant other […]

Win the war against weeds in warm-season pastures

OVERTON – Weeds in warm-season pastures can be an annual battle, and producers should prepare their spray equipment to win the war, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Now is a good time to calibrate equipment and reflect on the previous year’s weed and pest insect issues to apply successful treatments to warm-season […]

Texas milk production goes west over the past 30 years

COMO – A rusted, padlocked gate marks the entry to a once modern and bustling dairy barn. The facility in the heart of Northeast Texas dairy country that once collected milk from hundreds of Holstein cows, is now a depository for knickknacks, scrap wood and metal, tools and idle equipment.  Surrounding county roads are littered […]

Parts of the state enter wildfire season earlier than usual

COLLEGE STATION – Wildfire season has arrived earlier than usual due to high fuel availability, drought and other environmental conditions, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Andy Vestal, AgriLife Extension director for emergency management at Texas A&M University, College Station, said the Energy Release Component, which measures how hot and long available […]

Planting time for spring gardens is around the corner, so prep now

OVERTON – The time is now for East Texas vegetable gardeners to make preparations for planting early varieties and spring garden staples, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Gardeners have some cool-season vegetables planted already and are soon preparing to plant early vegetable varieties, such as onions, said Dr. Joe Masabni, AgriLife Extension […]

TALL educates agriculture leaders to meet present, future challenges

TYLER – Kevin Proctor has spent many years as an agriculture equipment salesman in Tyler, but participation in the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership gave him a greater appreciation of the complex system needed to produce and move enough food to feed millions. The Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership, or TALL, program is a life-changing experience that […]

Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program touring East Texas Jan. 22-26

TYLER – The Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership, or TALL, program, which molds and connects agricultural advocates from around the state and prepares them as problem solvers for local, state, national and global challenges, will tour East Texas Jan. 22-26. Members of the media are invited to visit with TALL administrators and class members during the […]

East Texas Pasture Management Program in Overton Feb. 23

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, Contact: Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, Overton – The East Texas Pasture Management Program is a half-day herbicide and pesticide training scheduled Feb. 23 in Overton. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 N. Farm-to-Market 3053, will be $25 if […]

East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference set Feb. 23 in Lufkin

LUFKIN — The East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference Feb. 23 will offer professional and amateur producers tips on everything from fruit and nut tree grafting and weed control to critter and pollinator management, coordinators said. The conference, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be at Pitser Garrison Convention Center, 601 N. […]

Hügelkultur: the mound method for home gardeners

OVERTON – A bedding system new to Texas – hügelkultur – is trending among home gardeners looking for low-maintenance ways to grow flowers, fruits and vegetables, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist Dr. Joe Masabni. Hügelkultur, German for “hill culture,” is the practice of composting large woody material, such as tree logs, to create […]