Tomato trials show fertilization, grafting are keys to success

OVERTON – Statewide tomato trials revealed a fertilization program can help plants reach their production potential, in some locations over 30 pounds of fruit per plant, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Joe Masabni, an AgriLife Extension small-acreage horticulturist in Overton, has concluded his 2017 tomato trial investigating grafted versus non-grafted plants […]

Rainwater control for Central Texas focus of Aug. 5 program at Zilker Park

AUSTIN – The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service and the Travis County Master Gardeners will present the “Wise Rainwater Control for Central Texas” program Aug. 5 at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road in Austin. The program will be from 10 a.m.–noon. It is free and open to the public; no RSVP is required. […]

Growing Good Kids Book Awards winners announced

COLLEGE STATION — Five books were named winners of  2017 Growing Good Kids Book Awards at the National Children and Youth Gardening Symposium in Vancouver, Washington this week. “We are excited to have a record number of award-winning titles this year,” said Randy Seagraves, curriculum director for the International Junior Master Gardener Program, administered by […]

Watermelon trial provides useful information for Texas producers

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service melon trials at the San Antonio Food Bank not only provided produce for those in need,but also important information for Texas agricultural producers. “We’ve been conducting these trials at the Urban Farm of the San Antonio Food Bank for four years,” said David Rodriguez, Texas A&M […]

Guadalupe County Master Gardener class open for registration

SEGUIN – Guadalupe County residents interested in learning more about gardening and sharing that knowledge with others are invited to join the upcoming Guadalupe County Master Gardener class, said program coordinators. Classes will be Tuesdays from 12:45-4:45 p.m., starting Aug. 8 and ending Dec. 5. They will be at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]

Chiggers, fleas more noticeable in summer

CENTRAL TEXAS – As people become more active in summer, so do a few familiar pests that keep Texans itching – and scratching — for relief, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. “This time of year there’s usually a significant increase in chigger and flea activity,” said Wizzie Brown, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Travis County. […]

Tomato growers workshop set for July 28 in College Station

COLLEGE STATION — Tomato growers, whether at-home or commercial, are encouraged to attend a workshop on production improvement from 9 a.m.-noon July 28, according to Dr. Kevin Crosby, Texas A&M AgriLife Research horticulturist in College Station. The free workshop will be at the Texas A&M Horticultural Teaching, Research and Extension Center, 3199 County Road 269, […]

Landscape design programs set for July 25 in Canyon

CANYON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Randall County will continue its Summer Horticulture Series July 25 with tips on landscape design. Liz Moore, AgriLife Extension horticulture agent in Randall County, said the four-part series is designed to concentrate each month on a topic of value to homeowners. This month Dr. Bill Welch, AgriLife […]

Turf, landscape, pollinator ‘come and go’ event set for July 8 in Lubbock

LUBBOCK – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Tech University department of plant and soil science invite the public to the Turf, Landscape and Pollinator Research Open House from 8 a.m.-noon July 8 at the Quaker Research Farm, Second Street and Quaker Avenue in Lubbock. Signs will be posted near Fourth Street […]

Landscape workshops on smart, automated weather station irrigation offered

COLLEGE STATION –  The Texas A&M School of Irrigation will be conducting a one day short course dedicated to smart irrigation controller use and operation July 13 in College Station, said Charles Swanson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist. “Attendees will learn the basics of irrigation scheduling and how smart controllers and sensors determine […]