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.

Rolling Plains Summer Field Day set for Aug. 30 in Chillicothe

CHILLICOTHE – The Rolling Plains Summer Field Day, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Vernon, will be Aug. 30. The field day activities will focus on many of the cotton trials at the AgriLife Research Chillicothe Station, 1340 Farm-to-Market Road 392, south of Chillicothe. “It is an important year for […]

Estate planning webinar offered Aug. 15 for families with special needs

AMARILLO – “Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs” is the topic of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Texas Military Program webinar on Aug. 15. The one-hour webinar will begin at 10 a.m. and is free and open to anyone interested, but registration is required, said Andrew Crocker, AgriLife Extension program specialist in gerontology […]

Wheatheart Wheat Conference set for Aug. 10 in Perryton

PERRYTON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is hosting the 19th annual Wheatheart Wheat Conference Aug. 10 at the Ochiltree County Expo Center, 402 Expo Drive, Perryton. The event is jointly hosted by the AgriLife Extension offices in Hansford, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Roberts and Ochiltree counties. Registration with coffee and doughnuts begins at 8:30 […]

Ground-penetrating radar could help producers dig potatoes early

COLLEGE STATION – Ground-penetrating radar might help the potato industry save water, according to Dr. Dirk Hays, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant geneticist in the soil and crop sciences department at College Station. Hays’ latest project utilizes ground-penetrating radar to select early maturing potato cultivars, which can help producers make harvest decisions and increase water-use […]

Texas-bred potatoes headed to grower fields, marketplace

SPRINGLAKE – Texas-bred potatoes were highlighted recently at the 26th annual Texas A&M Potato Breeding and Variety Development Program field day near Springlake in the Bruce Barrett potato fields. The potato breeding program is conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M University department of horticultural sciences under the direction of potato breeder […]

Spray drift damage: What landowners need to know

AMARILLO – With summer crop production in full swing, pesticide spray drift can cause damage to neighboring property owners, but they aren’t without recourse, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “‘Tis the season for application of pesticides to increase throughout Texas,” said Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, agricultural law specialist in Amarillo. “It is […]

Beekeeping workshops offered July 24-26 in Perryton

PERRYTON – Three days of beekeeping information will be offered July 24-26 at workshops hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Ochiltree County. “With a growing number of people interested in becoming beekeepers at a small, hobby level, we wanted to offer this series of introductory beekeeping workshops,” said Scott Strawn, AgriLife Extension […]

Stocker cattle, wheat conference set for Aug. 1 in Lawton

LAWTON, Oklahoma – With low wheat prices, stocker cattle options for farmers and ranchers take on more importance in the Rolling Plains of Texas and southwestern Oklahoma, said Dr. Emi Kimura, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Vernon. Kimura said producers can hear from experts on best management practices during the upcoming Cattle […]

Wildfire recovery meetings set Aug. 3 in northeastern Texas Panhandle

AMARILLO – Almost five months after wildfires ripped across much of the northeastern Texas Panhandle, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a daylong Range Recovery Meeting and Field Discussion. The traveling event is set to cross the fire-stricken counties Aug. 3, beginning with breakfast at 7 a.m. in Pampa and concluding with a […]