Saurav Kumar joins Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at El Paso

EL PASO– Dr. Saurav Kumar has joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at El Paso as a water specialist and assistant professor. Kumar’s research program, Water System Dynamics and Resilience, will focus on holistic water resources systems dynamics modeling by integrating remotely sensed data in water quality and quantity simulation framework. Kumar’s research emphasis […]

Bexar County Master Gardener Intern Training Class accepting applications

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County is accepting applications for Master Gardener Intern Training Class No. 63 to be held Wednesdays from Aug. 21- Nov. 13 at its offices in San Antonio. Topics for this training will include Earth-Kind landscaping, integrated pest management, home orchards and vegetable gardens, water […]

Texas A&M AgriLife researchers gain ground in rose rosette battle

COLLEGE STATION — A comprehensive national effort among 30 industry and academic entities led by Texas A&M is gaining ground in the battle against rose rosette. The disease has claimed an estimated $40-$50 million in rose industry losses alongside thousands of jobs, researchers said. The team has tracked the disease across the U.S., developed new […]

White Angel, Blue Angel altheas the latest Texas Superstar releases

COLLEGE STATION – Two hybrid altheas – Blue Angel and White Angel – have been named the latest Texas Superstars for characteristics that make them a top option for landscape lovers. Blue Angel is a vigorous growing shrub to small tree with an extended blooming season featuring beautiful single blue, broadly trumpet-shaped flowers. The variety […]

AgriLife Extension releases new publication on mowing warm-season turfgrass

COLLEGE STATION – Mow high, mow low, mow often … ever wonder what the best recommendations are to ensure a beautiful lawn? Not doing it right can be detrimental to warm-season turfgrass, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. AgriLife Extension has released a new publication to help homeowners and other turfgrass managers […]

Texas A&M-designed irrigation runoff mitigation system patented, available for licensing

COLLEGE STATION – Just as temperatures begin to heat up and lawns begin to seemingly beg for water, Texas A&M AgriLife faculty were recognized at a patent award banquet for their irrigation runoff mitigation system. With water waste a growing problem nationwide, an interdisciplinary team of engineers, irrigation researchers and turfgrass experts have spent the […]

Homeowners, prepare against mosquitoes

DALLAS – Homeowners beware, mosquitos are on the move. Dr. Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist, Dallas, said temperatures are now warm enough to begin seeing early season mosquitoes. Merchant said recent rains created plenty of opportunities for mosquitoes to propagate, and homeowners should take preemptive measures to reduce populations within their neighborhoods. […]

Vegetable feasibility analysis developed for High Plains producers

AMARILLO – Producers in the Texas High Plains will soon be able to run advanced budgeting scenarios before planting non-traditional crops such as vegetables on smaller acreages. High-value crops such as vegetables can increase overall producer profitability, said Dr. Justin Benavidez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist, Amarillo. While vegetable production in this region dates […]

Texas A&M AgriLife Research donates hibiscus plants to help beautify Vernon

VERNON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon, through a joint effort with Vernon’s Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism and Main Street Program, recently donated approximately 500 hibiscus plants to local organizations and businesses. These hardy hibiscus flowers were developed by world-renowned plant scientist Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, according to Lileen […]