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.

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, […]

Colorful winter-hardy hibiscus hybrids continue trek to consumer gardens

VERNON – The winter-hardy hibiscus breeding program led by Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research forage agronomist and plant breeder at Vernon, is in the spotlight again. “We are about to conclude our seventh breeding season, and we have another 20 or so unique hibiscus hybrids that may beautify gardens across the U.S. […]

Annual Surface Mine Reclamation Workshop set for Oct. 4-6 in College Station

COLLEGE STATION – The 38th annual Surface Mine Reclamation Workshop will be Oct. 4-6 at the Holiday Inn Aggieland, 2500 Earl Rudder Freeway, College Station. Dr. Sam Feagley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state soil environmental specialist in College Station, will lead the workshop, which is planned by industry reclamation personnel specific to Texas mining conditions […]

Leading Through Change virtual conference set Sept. 26-29

AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Military Families Learning Network military caregiving team will provide a four-day “Leading Through Change” virtual learning event for veteran-assisting professionals Sept. 26-29. The 2017 Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference provides a unique opportunity to obtain professional development and interactive resources for end users who may […]

Winter time beef cattle supplemental feeding program set for Sept. 19 in Olney

OLNEY – A winter time beef cattle supplemental feeding program has been planned for Sept. 19 at the HDH Ranch and Rodeo Pavilion east of Olney. The program is conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Young and Archer counties. World-renowned AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist Dr. Ron Gill from College Station will […]

New cotton technologies offer opportunities, but require management

CHILLICOTHE – Two new cotton technologies are exciting for producers, but come with warnings, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Emi Kimura, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Vernon, discussed the new cotton options at the Rolling Plains Summer Field Day recently in Chillicothe. “We are very excited to have these new technologies […]

Hold the water: Expert says wait until cotton flowering stage to irrigate

CHILLICOTHE – Almost five years of data indicate producers can save as much as 40 percent of their water on a cotton crop by better timing their irrigation, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Dr. Paul DeLaune, an AgriLife Research environmental soil scientist at Vernon, has conducted long-term conservation tillage and irrigation studies […]