Texas Crop and Weather Report — July 18

OVERTON – Forage producers should be on the watch for and ready to act against two pests known for decimating hay fields – fall armyworms and Bermudagrass stem maggots, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton, said she has been receiving calls and reports regarding fall […]

Dallas turf breeder reelected to Texas A&M University System research council

DALLAS – Dr. Ambika Chandra, lead scientist of the turfgrass breeding program at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Dallas, has been reelected to a new three-year term representing Texas A&M AgriLife Research on the Texas A&M University System Council of Principal Investigators, or CPI. The CPI serves as an interface between researchers […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – June 27

COLLEGE STATION – Disease problems for vegetable producers and gardeners are popping up around the state, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.   Conditions have been good for vegetable production around much of the state following mild spring conditions and ample rains, but the weather is also setting the stage for plant […]

New Texas A&M AgriLife sweetclover variety – Silver River Sweetclover – paradise for pollinators

TALOGA, OKLAHOMA – Donning his beekeeper suit, Charles Touchstone, of Arapaho, Oklahoma, stepped a few feet inside a buzzing 90-acre field of Silver River Sweetclover planted for seed production near Taloga, Oklahoma. Some of the lacy white flowered shoots busy with bees stretched above his 6-foot frame. Silver River Sweetclover is a new Texas A&M […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – June 20

COLLEGE STATION – Pest problems for vegetable producers and gardeners are popping up around the state, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Conditions have been good for vegetable production around much of the state following mild spring conditions and ample rains, but the weather is also setting the stage for pests, said […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – June 13

UVALDE – Despite typical troubles for individual growers, the Texas watermelon crop appears to be performing on time and without many problems, said Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Uvalde. Stein said the Texas watermelon crop was “looking good” and has avoided many of the disease problems that have plagued other crops […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – June 6

COLLEGE STATION – Moisture levels in most of the state appear adequate or better, but producers in some areas are still hoping for rain. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, College Station, said rain events over the past two weeks delivered quality rains to much of the state, benefitting Texas crops and available surface water. Some […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – May 31

COLLEGE STATION – Corn and sorghum fields around the state appear to be in good shape overall despite weeks of dry conditions, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock, said corn and sorghum acreage in the High Plains is down this year as many producers have decided to […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – May 23

COLLEGE STATION – Texas cotton is in a varied state of production, but one thing is common for most producers, especially dryland growers, rain is needed to improve soil moisture levels, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Seth Byrd, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock, said cotton producers around the state experienced favorable weather patterns […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — May 16

COLLEGE STATION – Above-average temperatures and dry conditions across Texas could be a sign of things to come this summer, said the state climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, College Station, said he is concerned arid conditions could be prevalent through the summer following the warmest winter on record and a relatively dry spring with above-average temperatures. […]