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.

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 […]

Forage quality key grazing consideration after March wildfires

AMARILLO – Area ranchers headed into the winter months after March’s wildfires need to keep three things in mind – precipitation, grazing history and forage quality, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Amarillo, said these three management factors will help producers determine their […]

Mini agriculture conference set Sept. 11 in Hemphill County

CANADIAN – A Mini Ag Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, is set for Sept. 11 at the Hemphill County Exhibition Center, 10865 Exhibition Center Road in Canadian. The program is designed to provide beef producers with important information, said Andy Holloway, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Hemphill County. […]

Ranch Management University set for Oct. 9-13 on Texas A&M campus

COLLEGE STATION – From soil management to cattle, forage and wildlife, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University Oct. 9-13 in College Station will offer a little something for everyone, according to coordinators. The workshop will meet at the G. Rollie White Visitor Center, 7707 Raymond Stotzer Parkway on the Texas A&M University […]

Land stewardship conference offered for women Oct. 2-3 in Fredericksburg

FREDERICKSBURG – Poultry, birding, wildlife – all offer potential revenue if the land is taken care of first. And an upcoming two-day conference will help women in the Edwards Plateau region determine the best management practices to make that happen. “Women – Takin’ On the Stewardship Challenge,” hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, […]

Sugarcane aphids spreading throughout the Texas Panhandle

AMARILLO – While sugarcane aphid populations are still low in grain sorghum fields across the Texas High Plains, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist in Amarillo said they are beginning to establish and could reach treatable numbers. Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist, said sugarcane aphid populations in the South Plains only recently reached […]

Burned but not lost; pasture management after wildfires can take many shapes

AMARILLO – Short-grass native prairie to Old World bluestem-seeded pastures, grazed and ungrazed pastures, herbicide-treated to untreated pastures – a traveling caravan made its way across the Panhandle five months after a March 6 wildfire to see how the burned land was healing. Dr. Tim Steffens, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range management specialist in […]