Viral outbreak in California highlights need for year-round biosecurity within poultry flocks

COLLEGE STATION – A virus outbreak among backyard chickens in California exemplifies the need for biosecurity diligence year-round, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Craig Coufal, AgriLife Extension poultry specialist, College Station, said officials have been dealing with a month-long outbreak of Virulent Newcastle Disease, vND, formerly known as Exotic Newcastle Disease.  […]

New Texas A&M AgriLife leader continues Texas tour

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M’s new vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences is touring the state for a first-hand look at new innovations to better align agriculture with a health focus to benefit producers, consumers, the environment and the economy. Dr. Patrick Stover, also acting director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, is […]

Yaupon presents problems for range pasture management

FRANKLIN – Yaupon, yaupon and more yaupon. The war for ranchers against this perennial seems to never be over, but there are viable control measures, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts, speaking at the recent O.D. Butler Forage Field Day and Camp Cooley Ranch. “It’s a perennial and comes back even when […]

71st annual Beaumont rice field day July 12

BEAUMONT – Emerging Technologies for Texas Rice will be the theme for the 71st annual field day July 12 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Beaumont, 1509 Aggie Drive. The free event begins with field tours at 8 a.m., an indoor program at 10:45 a.m. and a noon barbecue luncheon. The afternoon organic […]

Farm bill, new crop technologies featured at 55th Stiles Farm Field Day

TAYLOR – Despite tropical weather forcing the 55th Stiles Farm Field Day indoors to nearby Taylor, there was plenty of discussion on farm issues and new technology that drew more than 150 Blacklands-region producers. Dr. Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]

Beef market, weather outlook to be featured at Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course

COLLEGE STATION – The outlook for consumer beef demand as well as price forecasts for the cattle market will be featured during the general session of the 64th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 6-8 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The general session, set for Aug. 6, will feature Randy Blach, CEO […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report

COLLEGE STATION – Consumers should find good prices and grilling options as retailers feature beef, pork and chicken for the Fourth of July holiday, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station, said consumers can expect a mixed bag on steak prices, but that overall record pork and […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – June 12, 2018

CARRIZO SPRINGS – Conditions have been ideal for cantaloupe and watermelon growers as the Fourth of July nears, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Uvalde, said dry, sunny days around most of the state’s production areas created ideal conditions for cantaloupes and watermelons to grow relatively free […]