Texas Crop and Weather Report — Aug. 22, 2017

OVERTON – Plentiful rains have been good and bad for hay producers this year, but 2017 looks to be a good production year overall, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton, said hay producers in East Texas, the region where the majority of the state’s hay […]

Military-oriented agriculture program slated for Sept. 16 in Dayton

DAYTON – The Texas AgrAbility program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present an agricultural workshop primarily for military veterans Sept. 16 in Dayton. The free “Battleground to Breaking Ground” workshop will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Dayton Community Center, 801 S. Cleveland St. “This workshop will provide resources and education for military […]

Land stewardship conference offered for women Oct. 2-3 in Fredericksburg

FREDERICKSBURG – Poultry, birding, wildlife – all offer potential revenue if the land is taken care of first. And an upcoming two-day conference will help women in the Edwards Plateau region determine the best management practices to make that happen. “Women – Takin’ On the Stewardship Challenge,” hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, […]

Homeowner Septic System Workshop Sept. 7 in Nacogdoches

NACOGDOCHES — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership will present a homeowner training on septic system  maintenance from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 7 in Nacogdoches. The free event will be at the AgriLife Extension office for Nacogdoches County, Courthouse Annex, 203 W. Main St. Amy Truong, […]

Can ‘reading’ leaves lead to more drought-tolerant crops?

UVALDE – Looking at leaves to peer into the future might seem the stuff of superstition, but is actually the essence of research conducted by scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife and the University of Southern California. “Our study was based on observations that the more successful crops in areas typically affected by drought are usually […]

Landowner program series to be presented in South Central Texas

SAN ANTONIO — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present four programs — from September to November in Bexar, Kerr, Atascosa and Medina counties, respectively — as part of the agency’s South Region Landowner Series. The programs are open to anyone with an interest in learning more about resources available to landowners, coordinators said. […]

Sugarcane aphids spreading throughout the Texas Panhandle

AMARILLO – While sugarcane aphid populations are still low in grain sorghum fields across the Texas High Plains, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist in Amarillo said they are beginning to establish and could reach treatable numbers. Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist, said sugarcane aphid populations in the South Plains only recently reached […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Aug. 15, 2017

FREDERICKSBURG – Texas vineyards could experience a banner year as wine grape quantity and quality are expected to reach new heights, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Jim Kamas, AgriLife Extension fruit specialist, Fredericksburg, said producers faced some concerns and minor struggles early this season, but overall Texas wine grape growers are […]