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 […]

Private pesticide applicator training set April 30 in Brownwood

BROWNWOOD — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Brown, Mills and San Saba counties are offering a private pesticide applicator training on April 30 in Brownwood. The training will be at the AgriLife Extension office for Brown County, 605 Fisk Ave. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the training runs from 9 a.m.-noon. Registration […]

Rainwater harvesting, turf management training set for May 7 in Boerne

BOERNE – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program will host a residential rainwater harvesting and turf management training May 7 in Boerne. The free program will be from 1-5 p.m. at the City of Boerne Library, 451 N. Main St., Building 100. The training is offered in collaboration with […]

Lubbock Strawberry Workshop and Field Day set April 27

LUBBOCK – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Lubbock will hold a Strawberry Workshop and Field Day on April 27. The event will run from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Participants will meet at 1102 E. Drew St.  To get there, take Interstate 27, take exit 11 and head one mile east to reach the […]

Lunch-N-Learn horticulture series starts May 1 in Baird

BAIRD – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a Lunch-N-Learn series on horticultural topics starting May 1 in Baird.   The cost is $10 per session or $20 for the series, which may be paid at the door. The program will run from noon-1 p.m. at the AgriLife Extension office for Callahan County […]

Horticulturist: Grow bluebonnets instead of picking them

COLLEGE STATION — Picking bluebonnets is legal across the state, though some Texas cities ban it by ordinance. Still, a safe bet is “grow your own,” said Dr. Larry Stein. Stein is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist and associate department head of horticulture in College Station. Known as a biannual, bluebonnets germinate in […]