Texas Crop and Weather Report – Oct. 1, 2019

CENTRAL: The district reported hot temperatures and needed more moisture. Some brush work was done. Cattle were in fair condition. Stock tank and pond levels were decreasing. Pastures were drying out. Trees were showing stress from drought. Cotton harvest yields varied from very good to bad. Corn harvest was complete. Counties reported short to very […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Sept. 25, 2019

CENTRAL: The district experienced another week of severe drought. Overcast skies and humidity produced dewy mornings, but the district missed out on rain from Tropical Storm Imelda. Many counties were under a burn ban. Producers were preparing for winter wheat planting. The ground was too hard to work seedbeds in some areas. Hay producers were […]

Fall County Cattle Management program is Oct. 3 in Gainesville

Contact: Marty Morgan, 940-668-5412, marty.morgan@ag.tamu.edu  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Cooke County will host its annual Fall Beef Cattle Management program Oct. 3 in Gainesville. The event will be at the Cooke County Fairgrounds, 1901 Justice Center Blvd., from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost is $25. A New […]

eBeam Center receives $899,000 research grant from EPA

COLLEGE STATION –  Texas A&M AgriLife Research’s National Center for Electron Beam Research at Texas A&M University announced receipt of a research grant to investigate practical uses of eBeam technology to address environmental issues.  Suresh Pillai, Ph.D., director of the center, and his team received $899,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Environmental […]

Proven Texas-tough, Lindheimer muhly grass great for Texas landscapes

COLLEGE STATION –  Lindheimer muhly, a versatile perennial clump grass, is now listed among Texas’ top performing plants.  Texas A&M AgriLife created the Texas Superstar plants list to help Texans select the best plants for quality and reliability. Brent Pemberton, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist, Overton, said the plant is well suited for […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Sept. 17, 2019

COLLEGE STATION – Texas wheat acres are being prepared and planted, and despite fewer acres, projections are for a high-yield 2020. U.S. Department of Agriculture planting projections suggest producers will plant 1% less wheat than last year nationally. Last year, around 4.5 million acres of wheat were planted in Texas. But the USDA expects acres […]

West Nile case numbers lowest since 2012

DALLAS COUNTY – Cases of West Nile virus in Texas have been the lowest in years, and researchers may know why, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.  Mike Merchant, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension entomologist, Dallas, said a publication by health officials in Dallas County may shed light on factors that contribute to outbreaks and […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Sept. 4, 2019

OVERTON – Texas hay and forage producers should be prepared to protect their pastures from fall armyworms, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton, said 2019 has been a good year for hay production, but unchecked armyworms can still destroy a last cutting, stockpiled forages […]

Introductory grape grower workshop Sept. 24 in Weatherford

WEATHERFORD – The North Texas Prospective Grape Grower Workshop on Sept. 24 in Weatherford will provide a range of information for individuals considering wine grape production. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event is $150 per person; $250 per couple, which includes all educational materials and lunch. Attendees can pay by cash or check at […]