Texas A&M AgriLife experts on tax-free holiday: Choose wisely

DALLAS – A state tax-free holiday on “water-efficient products” from May 27-29 includes all plants, trees and grasses for non-commercial shoppers, according to the Texas Comptroller’s Office. Texas A&M AgriLife Research horticulturists urge residents to be vigilant in selecting plant life that conserves water resources. “We know a good number of plant species out there […]

East Texas Horticultural Field Day in Overton June 29 to feature hundreds of ornamental varieties

OVERTON – The 2017 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 29, will be held rain or shine. Gardeners, professional landscape managers […]

Juniper and cypress varieties hit hard by blight

COLLEGE STATION – It’s been a tough 2017 so far for juniper and cypress varieties used in landscapes, as pests and diseases make the rounds, causing blight and tree die-offs. Kevin Ong, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist and director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station, said there are several […]

Horticulture series planned for next four months in Canyon

CANYON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Randall County will offer a four-part Summer Horticulture Series to provide tips and expertise on summer gardening and landscape issues. “Our hope for this series is to provide a concentrated time each month to focus on horticulture topics valuable to homeowners,” said Liz Moore, AgriLife Extension […]

New ScottsMiracle-Gro Facility for Lawn and Garden Research opens at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION – The ScottsMiracle-Gro Facility for Lawn and Garden Research, located at 3100 F&B Road in College Station, officially opened May 3. The new facility is part of a long-term agreement among ScottsMiracle-Gro, Texas A&M AgriLife and the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “The partnership with ScottsMiracle-Gro greatly increases our capacity […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — May 2

OVERTON – Producers planning to establish or expand Bermuda grass pastures can improve their chances of success with recommended practices, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension forage specialist. The most important aspect for establishing a Bermuda grass pasture is land or site preparation, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, forage specialist, Overton. “If you don’t prepare the […]

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 […]