East Texas Master Naturalist application deadline Jan. 22

OVERTON – The deadline to participate in 2018 East Texas Texas Master Naturalist classes is rapidly approaching – Jan. 22. Classes begin Jan. 30 and conclude April 17. Classes run from 6-9 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays at the Tyler Nature Center, 11942 Farm-to-Market Road 848 in Tyler. There will also be one Saturday class and […]

National pest control pros scurry to Texas Rodent Academy

DALLAS — Pest control professionals from companies in Utah, Georgia, New York and across Texas converged in Dallas for three days to train alongside Texas A&M AgriLife Extension entomologists on controlling rodent infestations. “We were especially pleased to get Dr. Bobby Corrigan, one of the top rodentologists in the country, to reinvent his New York […]

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 – Oct. 24, 2017

SAN ANGELO – The general hunting season for white-tailed deer opens Nov. 4, and Texas hunters should expect good opportunities in the field, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension assistant professor and wildlife specialist, San Angelo, said good weather conditions have provided good forage and cover for […]

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 […]