Crape myrtle bark scale study reveals tree treatments to fight pest

OVERTON – The second year of survey data tracking crape myrtle bark scale has provided researchers information they believe will help mitigate the pest’s effect on trees, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Erfan Vafaie, a AgriLife Extension entomologist and integrated pest management program specialist in Overton, and other collaborators in College Station, […]

Backyard Basics Expo helps people learn self-reliance, preserve the past

SAN ANTONIO — More than 100 people attended the Backyard Basics Expo held recently at the Oppenheimer Academic Center at San Antonio College. The expo, presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, emphasizes self-reliance and the production, preparation and preservation of homemade and homegrown foods. “People are more interested in and concerned about where […]

Bexar County 4-H’ers pick up ‘STEAM’ heading into fall classes

SAN ANTONIO — Recent 4-H summer programs in Bexar County helped minority and at-risk students gain life skills and expand their horizons as they began a new school year this fall, said Dr. Melinda Garcia, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist in Bexar County. “This summer we offered a variety of summer programming, […]

AgriLife Extension entomologists provide advice for women regarding Zika virus

DALLAS – Initially, the Zika virus was considered a “mild” disease, but public health officials have become increasingly concerned that pregnant women who contract Zika can pass the virus to their unborn babies, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. “The main cause for concern is the possibility the Zika virus may cause microcephaly, a […]

Composting with worms will be topic of July 16 program at Zilker Botanical Gardens

AUSTIN – Easy Composting with Worms, one of the Saturday Seminars at Zilker Botanical Gardens, will be held from 10 a.m.- noon July 16 at the gardens, located at 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin. The program is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County in cooperation with the Zilker and the […]

Inaugural Northeast Texas Wine Grape Growers Field Day and Tour set for July 14 in Harleton

HARLETON – The first Northeast Texas Wine Grape Growers Field Day and Tour will be July 14 at Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard and Winery,871 County Road 4312 in Harleton. The event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by discussions by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists and winemakers and a tour of the vineyard, which ends […]