Field trials help identify ‘top tomatoes’ for Texas producers, gardeners

SAN ANTONIO – For more than a half century, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, in collaboration with a Bexar County agricultural producer and others, has been involved in field trials to determine the best tomato varieties for Texas. These trials provide AgriLife Extension horticulturists with valuable data they can share with commercial producers, the […]

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 […]

AgriLife Extension sets Backyard Basics series in San Angelo

SAN ANGELO – Aspiring urban farmers can learn everything they need to get off to a good start at the upcoming Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Backyard Basics series this May in San Angelo. Allison Watkins, AgriLife Extension horticultural agent for Tom Green County, said all classes start at 6:30 p.m. at the Tom Green […]

AgriLife Extension community fire ant control program a template for success

ROUND ROCK – For more than a decade, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service integrated pest management program specialist Wizzie Brown has been engaged in a community-wide battle against one of the state’s most persistent pests – the fire ant. Since 2005, Brown and residents of the Wood Glen community in Round Rock, north of Austin, […]

Water Conservation Seminar and Family Day set for April 29 in San Angelo

SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Concho Valley Master Gardeners will conduct a multi-faceted water conservation program from 10 a.m.-noon April 29 at The Bosque on the Concho, 330 S. Irving St. in San Angelo. The Water Conservation Seminar and Family Day, with the theme Get More Green With Less Blue, is […]

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, […]

Inside Austin Gardens Tour set for May 6

AUSTIN — The Travis County Master Gardeners Association will present the Inside Austin Gardens Tour from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 6. Coordinators said the tour provides a rare look inside five private gardens and one public experimental garden, which demonstrate realistic, sustainable gardening practices for Central Texas. “Native and well-adapted plants require less water and […]

AgriLife Extension sets lunch horticulture series in Sweetwater

SWEETWATER – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Lunch and Learn Horticulture Series in Sweetwater in April and May, said Zach Wilcox, the agency’s agent in Nolan County. “This is shaping up to be a beautiful spring, just right for yard and landscape work,” Wilcox said. “To help get gardeners off to […]