Texas Crop and Weather Report – April 2, 2019

COLLEGE STATION – Texas fruit crops appear set for a good year, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension fruit specialist, Uvalde, said crops like peaches, figs, pears, and strawberries took hits from sub-freezing temperatures two weeks ago, but overall, fruit varieties are showing good fruit sets as […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — March 19, 2019

COLLEGE STATION – Prices for most cull cows recently hit their lowest point since 2009, even as Texas’ beef cattle numbers continue to increase slowly, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station, said Texas producers are adding cattle to their operations, and most classes of […]

Grafting tomatoes protects plants, increases yields

OVERTON – Grafting vegetables is a time-tested way for growers to protect plants from soil-borne diseases as well as potentially improve yields, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.   Grafting is the process of joining two plant varieties – the top portion, or scion, with a bottom portion, or rootstock – to […]

New professor has big plans for dairy sciences at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Sushil Paudyal, assistant professor of dairy science in Texas A&M University’s department of animal science, plans to reinvigorate the dairy program in College Station. Paudyal hopes to engage students, producers, the U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium and industry groups like the Texas Association of Dairymen in the 90 percent teaching, […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – March 12, 2019

COLLEGE STATION – Despite soggy conditions delaying crop plantings in large swaths of the state, many areas are still contending with dry to drought conditions, according to the Texas state climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon said a weak El Niño pattern, which typically brings rain to much of the Southern states, delivered above-normal amounts of rain […]

Rancher leasing workshop to cover grazing, hunting and livestock agreements

NACOGDOCHES – A ranchers leasing workshop featuring Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service law and economics specialists is set for April 9 in Nacogdoches. Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, Amarillo, and Dr. Greg Kaase, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station, will present the program. The event is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – March 5, 2019

SAN ANGELO – Markets for goat and sheep meat and fiber continue to be relatively strong despite softening prices and lower inventories, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.    Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist, San Angelo, said production data from the sheep and goat fiber and meat markets reveal mixed signals about […]

Pruning roses promotes growth, adds vigor to plants

OVERTON – Pruning roses should be an annual part of plant maintenance because it helps promote new growth and maintains their vigor, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert. Dr. Brent Pemberton, AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist, Overton, said roses are best pruned before they begin growing after winter dormancy, typically between January and March […]