Kay Ledbetter is an associate editor/communication specialist for Texas AgriLife Research and Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Amarillo & Vernon. She worked 23 years at the Amarillo Globe-News as a general assignments reporter, farm and ranch reporter and editor, and assistant regional editor before joining the Texas A&M System in 2005. She earned a bachelor of science degree at West Texas State University in Canyon. She is responsible for writing news releases and feature articles from science-based information generated or provided by Research & Extension faculty at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo and at Vernon.

Fortified ‘high tunnel’ growing structures withstand ‘bomb cyclone’ winds

AMARILLO – Lessons learned in construction of protected agriculture systems, or high tunnels, kept Texas A&M AgriLife Research tunnels near Amarillo securely in place during the recent “bomb cyclone” that reached recorded wind gusts of 80-90 mph. Dr. Charlie Rush, AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Amarillo, has spent the past four years building high tunnels […]

Amarillo gardening workshop, Master Gardener training set in April, May

AMARILLO – A Beginners Gardening Workshop series and Master Gardener Intern Training is planned for four consecutive Tuesdays beginning April 30 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Potter County, 3301 SE 10th Ave., Amarillo. Each program will be from 6-8 p.m. The event is open to the public, as well as those […]

Lawn Irrigation Workshop set April 13 in Bushland

BUSHLAND – A Lawn Irrigation Workshop designed to help homeowners using domestic wells for lawn irrigation conserve water is set for April 13 at the Cornerstone Ranch Event Center, 1901 Cement Plant Road, Bushland. “Irrigating lawns using domestic wells can present unique challenges for homeowners in rural areas,” said Dr. Gary Marek, U.S. Department of […]

Cotton acreage continues climb in northern Texas Panhandle

AMARILLO – Cotton acreage has almost tripled in the last five years in the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service District 1, which covers the 22 northernmost counties in the Panhandle. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, said the cropping picture has definitely changed as producers dealt with declining irrigation capacities, variable weather and […]