Ellison Lecture Series speaker reviews horticulture industry future

COLLEGE STATION – The future of the horticulture industry may not hinge upon a single factor, but a collection of trends. Chris Beytes, editor of GrowerTalks and Green Profit magazines, was the featured speaker of the Ellison Chair in International Floriculture Distinguished Lecture Series at Texas A&M University. Beytes travels across the country reporting on […]

Demonstration Garden Open House and Plant Sale set for Oct. 20 in Austin

AUSTIN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Travis County will have its annual Demonstration Garden Open House and Plant Sale from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 20. The open house and plant sale will be at the AgriLife Extension office at 1600-B Smith Road in Austin. The event is free and open to […]

Texas A&M AgriLife brings public health, conservation exhibitions to state fair

DALLAS — The agencies of Texas A&M AgriLife will converge at the State Fair of Texas through October with live demonstrations and teaching installations on food production systems, natural resource conservation, nutritious eating and youth education for healthier Texans, organizers said. A schedule of Texas A&M AgriLife’s State Fair attractions and locations is available at https://tinyurl.com/AgriLifeStateFair2018. […]

Festival Strawberry latest Texas Superstar release

COLLEGE STATION – A new strawberry variety – Festival Strawberry – combines prolific production and quality taste as the latest Texas Superstar available for purchase in retail garden centers and nurseries, according to the Texas Superstar Executive Board. The Festival Strawberry variety was named a 2018 Texas Superstar plant by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas […]

Brown patch, large patch diseases plague Texas lawns in cool, wet September

COLLEGE STATION — Cases of the turfgrass disease commonly identified as brown patch — more likely large patch in most warm-season turfgrasses — have spiked during a cool September that broke rainfall records across parts of the state, according to specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Large patch and brown patch are caused […]

Junior Master Gardener Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! Program takes shape in Houston schools

HOUSTON – Houston Independent School District elementary students are learning how to plant, tend and harvest nutritious vegetables thanks to the Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! program offered by the Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension Service Junior Master Gardener Program. Over the summer, teachers from HISD elementary schools received training on how implement the curriculum and […]

AgriLife Extension entomologists: Fire ants, mosquitoes to be more prevalent after rains

COLLEGE STATION – With recent rains subsiding in many parts of the state and the re-emergence of warmer, drier weather, Texans should expect to see a proliferation of fire ants and mosquitoes, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists. According to Dr. Robert Puckett, AgriLife Extension entomologist at Texas A&M University in College Station, the […]

New AgriLife Extension horticulture agent hired in Lubbock County

LUBBOCK – Christina Reid knew when she moved back to Lubbock she wanted to work as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulture agent for Lubbock County. The opportunity arose, and she began her new position on Sept. 17. “AgriLife Extension is extremely fortunate to add Christina Reid to the Lubbock County Extension faculty,” said […]

Texas A&M turfgrass, landscape field day set Oct. 10 in Dallas

DALLAS — An Oct. 10 turfgrass and landscape field day for professionals and enthusiasts will offer industry networking opportunities, research facility tours and technical discussions by Texas A&M AgriLife researchers and specialists. The event will be from 7 a.m.-2 p.m at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas, 17360 Coit Road. Sixteen […]

Landscape irrigation short courses set for Sept. 19-20 in Dallas

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M School of Irrigation will be conducting two one-day short courses dedicated to smart irrigation controllers and weather station operations Sept. 19-20 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas. The Sept. 19 short  course will cover smart controllers, while the Sept. 20 short course will cover […]