Earth-Kind Landscape Design and Management School slated for February

MCKINNEY — Anyone can design, plant and manage an attractive landscape that is low-maintenance and tolerant to heat, drought and torrential rain, “the ultimate in environmental responsibility,” said Dr. Steve George, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service landscape specialist in Dallas. George is creator of the Earth-Kind Environmental Landscape Management System and organizer of the annual […]

Hügelkultur: the mound method for home gardeners

OVERTON – A bedding system new to Texas – hügelkultur – is trending among home gardeners looking for low-maintenance ways to grow flowers, fruits and vegetables, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist Dr. Joe Masabni. Hügelkultur, German for “hill culture,” is the practice of composting large woody material, such as tree logs, to create […]

New zoysia grass performs as ideal putting surface

DALLAS — A first-of-its-kind zoysia grass hybrid promises superior putting green performance and quality while requiring fewer inputs compared to other warm-season turfgrasses on the market, said Dr. Ambika Chandra, Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass breeding program leader in Dallas. The new variety, tested as DALZ 1308, produced average roll distances above 9 feet in […]

Low temperatures will help some producers, cause minimal damage for others

COLLEGE STATION – Cold temperatures should not negatively impact Texas crops and could benefit some, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Less than halfway through winter, most of the state has already experienced temperatures below the average value for the coldest day of the year, but only by a few degrees, said Dr. […]

Texas A&M AgriLife horticulturists: Protect landscapes from freeze

DALLAS – A few simple practices can give outdoor plants a chance to survive the coming freeze, but picking the right plants ahead of planting is the best defense against low winter temperatures. That’s the seasonal message from horticulturists of Water University, a joint public outreach program on water conservation and quality protection by Texas […]

State climatologist: Dry conditions could worsen for much of Texas

COLLEGE STATION – October and November were two of the driest Octobers and Novembers on record, and much of the state appears to be facing a continued dry spell through winter, according to the state climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, College Station, said conditions were excessively dry throughout the typically wet fall months, and dry conditions […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Nov. 28, 2017

COLLEGE STATION – Plentiful grain supplies likely mean low crop prices for farmers but lower costs for livestock producers looking for feed options through winter, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grains marketing economist, College Station, said the expected drier weather pattern through winter could cause problems for […]

Winemaking certificate students uncork first bottles

COLLEGE STATION — The first students who will earn certificates in winemaking, or enology, from Texas A&M University, College Station, have uncorked their first bottles. The enology class began working with wine in September as the university launched the certificate program, said Dr. Andreea Botezatu, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service enology specialist in College Station. […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Nov. 21, 2017

COLLEGE STATION – Texas catfish production is down, but that’s not bad news for fish producers around the state, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Todd Sink, AgriLife Extension fisheries specialist, College Station, said Texas catfish producers were slowly entering the annual catfish harvest and production was expected to be down about […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Nov. 14, 2017

COLLEGE STATION – Consumers could see lower prices on holiday hams and turkeys this year, said Dr. David Anderson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension economist in College Station. Anderson said wholesale prices on whole turkeys and hams are below the five-year average. Wholesale hams are at 75 cents per pound compared to an 80-cent average over […]