New AgriLife Extension specialist touts turfgrass practices for environmental, human health

DALLAS — Efficient varieties and informed management practices can help Texans make the most of turfgrasses’ natural human health and environmental benefits, said the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s new turfgrass specialist. Dr. Lindsey Hoffman assumed her post at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas July 9. She said her public […]

Earth-Kind gardening series to be offered in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County and Bexar County Master Gardeners will present an Earth-Kind home gardening series in San Antonio from August through October. “Earth-Kind gardening takes the best methods and techniques from traditional and organic gardening,” said David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension horticulture agent, Bexar County. “It focuses […]

Annual East Texas Horticultural Field Day draws ornamental, vegetable gardeners

OVERTON – White pentas were among the highlights for Kathy Harris, one of the more than 300 attendees at the recent East Texas Horticultural Field Day at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton. Harris made the trip from Dallas after an invitation from her aunt, Patsy Lancaster, of Hughes Springs. Lancaster […]

Entomologist: Avoid itchy bites from spiking seasonal chigger populations

DALLAS — Anyone venturing into the great outdoors this summer in Texas should be ready for chiggers. That’s the message from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist Dr. Mike Merchant in Dallas. He said reports of chiggers to AgriLife Extension offices have seen a sharp uptick in recent weeks compared with normal seasons over the […]

Junior Master Gardener Adult Leader Training July 25-27 in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The Youth Gardens Program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for Bexar County is now accepting applications for its 12th summer Junior Master Gardener Adult Leader Training from July 25-27 in San Antonio. The training is designed for educators and volunteers and will be presented jointly by AgriLife Extension and the […]

Top turfgrass producers converge in Dallas, preview latest zoysia, St. Augustine research

DALLAS — About a dozen of Texas’ leading turfgrass producers toured Texas A&M AgriLife Research facilities where ongoing studies aim to breed the next generation of high quality, resilient turfgrass varieties for the consumer market. The Dallas turfgrass breeding team, led by AgriLife Research scientist Dr. Ambika Chandra, welcomed the Turfgrass Producers of Texas, or […]

‘Basket of Fire’ pepper latest Texas Superstar release

COLLEGE STATION – A new pepper variety — Basket of Fire – which combines ornamental and edible variety characteristics, is the latest Texas Superstar available for purchase in retail garden centers and nurseries. The Basket of Fire pepper variety was named a 2018 Texas Superstar plant by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension […]

The Leach Teaching Gardens at Texas A&M University opens

COLLEGE STATION — The Leach Teaching Gardens at Texas A&M University, a multi-million-dollar centerpiece on west campus in College Station, debuted June 15 with a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony. Phase I, The Leach Teaching Garden, is named for donors Tim and Amy Leach of Midland. “Amy and I knew that the Gardens at […]

Horticulture field day in Overton June 28 to feature hundreds of ornamental varieties

OVERTON – The 2018 East Texas Horticultural Field Day will feature more than 500 ornamental plant and vegetable trial varieties for public viewing, along with presentations by experts at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton. The event, slated for June 28, will be held rain or shine.  Gardeners, professional landscape managers […]

AgriLife Extension makes two county appointment announcements

SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has announced two personnel appointments — a transfer and a new hire — effective June 1 in the agency’s West Central District. Michaela Bradford has been hired as the agriculture and natural resources agent in Shackelford County, and Kandice Everitt will transfer from the family and […]