Website offers critical mosquito, disease information after Hurricane Harvey

DALLAS — Visitors to the Mosquito Safari website at http://mosquitosafari.tamu.edu will find comprehensive information on common mosquitoes, the diseases they carry and instructions for controlling the pest, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. They said the information is critical in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, whose initial rains forced mosquitoes from their habitats into […]

Texas A&M AgriLife entomologists: Floating fire ants, insect pests among flood hazards

HOUSTON – Fire ants, as their colonies begin to flood, can join feet or tarsi to form water rafts, and they are more aggressive once in the floating formation, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. But other insect pests can also pose human threats in flood conditions, they said. Dr. Paul Nester, AgriLife […]

Specialists to talk about deer, wild pigs Aug. 29 in Marshall

MARSHALL – An informational meeting about white-tailed deer and wild pigs is set for 5:30 p.m. Aug. 29 in Marshall. The event, sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Harrison and Panola counties, will be at the Marshall Civic Center, 2501 East End Blvd. S. and is free and open to the […]

Avoid mistakes to maximize fall food plots for white-tailed deer

OVERTON – Avoiding common mistakes when planning and planting a food plot for deer and other wildlife can mean the difference between failure and success, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Overton, said growing warm- and cool-season forages for white-tailed deer is a good way to […]

Mussel woman: Researcher looks into declining Texas mussel populations

DALLAS – Jennifer Morton hovers methodically over a row of clear, water-filled containers on a tight-spaced industrial shelving system. She plucks a mollusk from one of the containers, observing the specimen as part of a study on freshwater mussel tolerances. The activity is part of an ongoing effort at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and […]

Pond and fish management important during summer months

OVERTON – Texas pond owners can improve and protect their recreational opportunities with vegetation and fish population management during the summer months, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. As temperatures increase and summer nears, recreational activities on Texas farm and ranch ponds will increase, said Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife and fisheries […]

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 […]

The best window of time to trap wild pigs is about to close

OVERTON – Wild pigs are most vulnerable to trapping before food and forages become more available in the spring, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Overton, said most acorns have either been consumed or are rotting on the ground now, and wild pigs are searching for […]

Post-hunting season management can help deer herds

OVERTON – The end of deer season marks the beginning of winter management for landowners who monitor deer populations and want to maximize their potential, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. The general Texas deer season closes  Jan. 1 for hunters in the north zone, said Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, […]

Winter pond management can mean better spring fish production

OVERTON – Winter pond management can mean better fish production in the spring, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, wildlife and fisheries specialist, Overton, said there are several important winter management tips to consider for pond owners who want to produce good fishing in their private impoundments. Typically, in […]