Texas Crop and Weather Report – June 20

COLLEGE STATION – Pest problems for vegetable producers and gardeners are popping up around the state, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Conditions have been good for vegetable production around much of the state following mild spring conditions and ample rains, but the weather is also setting the stage for pests, said […]

Junior Master Gardener Camp to be at two BiblioTech locations in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present Junior Master Gardener Camps June 23 and July 7 at BiblioTech Library sites in San Antonio. The camps are free and designed for children 7-11 years old, said Ruby Zavala, AgriLife Extension youth gardening programs coordinator, Bexar County. The first camp will be June […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – June 13

UVALDE – Despite typical troubles for individual growers, the Texas watermelon crop appears to be performing on time and without many problems, said Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Uvalde. Stein said the Texas watermelon crop was “looking good” and has avoided many of the disease problems that have plagued other crops […]

AgriLife Extension, Travis County Master Gardeners to offer summer seminars at Zilker Park

AUSTIN – The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service in conjunction with the Travis County Master Gardeners association will present three Saturday Summer Seminars at Zilker Botanical Garden, 2220 Barton Springs Road in Austin. The seminars, which will be held from 10 a.m.–noon, are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. The park […]

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 […]