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. […]

Texas A&M AgriLife officials: Unmanned air systems could boost crop production

DALLAS — Unmanned aircraft systems, known as drones or UAS, could be an important tool in boosting agricultural production to accommodate a roughly 30 percent global population increase to 9 billion people by 2050. That was the message delivered by Bob Avant at the 2017 Texas UAS Summit May 10 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — May 9

COLLEGE STATION – From backyards to planted acres, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists said pest populations are on the rise around the state. Dr. Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Extension veterinary entomologist, Stephenville, said many pests emerged earlier than usual this year due to the weather, but populations and how long they stay will depend on […]

Aquaponic systems gaining interest in Texas

OVERTON – Aquaponic systems are gaining interest around the state as producers and scientists work out the kinks in the relatively new production method and create best practices to spur future successes. Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture, the science of raising fish, and hydroponics, the science of growing plants without soil, according to a […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — May 2

OVERTON – Producers planning to establish or expand Bermuda grass pastures can improve their chances of success with recommended practices, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension forage specialist. The most important aspect for establishing a Bermuda grass pasture is land or site preparation, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, forage specialist, Overton. “If you don’t prepare the […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — April 25

COLLEGE STATION – Texas crawfish producers are expected to have a good year as demand continues to increase in larger markets, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Todd Sink, AgriLife Extension fisheries specialist in College Station, said early reports from crawfish producers in southeast Texas indicate it will be an average to […]

Overton: Test plots and online database offer winter pasture information to producers

OVERTON – Annual ryegrass and small-grain test plots and online historical trial results provide solid winter pasture information for East Texas producers, said a Texas A&M researcher. Annual ryegrass cultivars and small grain cultivars are evaluated each year at Overton for cold tolerance, disease incidence and seasonal forage yield, said Dr. Gerald Smith, Texas A&M […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — April 18

COLLEGE STATION –  Most of the state’s calf crop is on the ground and looking good amid spring conditions, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle and livestock specialists. Most regions were helped by decent to good rains and warmer-than-usual winter and early spring temperatures, specialists said. Most cattle body condition scores around the […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — April 11

FREDERICKSBURG – Warm winter weather could mean too few chill hours for much of the state’s fruit production areas, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Fruit trees, such as peaches and apples, depend on cool weather in the winter to promote proper physiological growth in the spring, said Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — April 4

SAN ANGELO – Above-average temperatures throughout late winter and early spring have Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts around the state experiencing and expecting earlier-than-usual emergence of insects, said Dr. Charles Allen, AgriLife Extension entomologist and integrated pest management coordinator, San Angelo. Allen said producers should be prepared not only for earlier-than-normal pest emergence but […]