Pesticide resistant, crop threatening whiteflies found in Texas

OVERTON – A pesticide-resistant population of common plant-damaging whiteflies has been found in Texas, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.  Whiteflies are sucking, insect pests similar to aphids, and damage ornamental and food plants, said Erfan Vafaie, AgriLife Extension program specialist in integrated pest management, Overton. Adults are winged while young whiteflies […]

Texas A&M AgriLife horticulturists: Protect landscapes from freeze

DALLAS – A few simple practices can give outdoor plants a chance to survive the coming freeze, but picking the right plants ahead of planting is the best defense against low winter temperatures. That’s the seasonal message from horticulturists of Water University, a joint public outreach program on water conservation and quality protection by Texas […]

Children’s Vegetable Garden Program accepting applications for spring 2018

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for Bexar County and the San Antonio Botanical Garden are accepting applications for the Spring 2018 Children’s Vegetable Garden Program. The Children’s Vegetable Garden is located on the grounds of the San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place, San Antonio. The program is open to children […]

Applications being accepted for 2018 Bexar County Master Gardener intern training

SAN ANTONIO – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County is now accepting applications for its Master Gardener Intern Training – Class No. 62, said David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension agent for horticulture in Bexar County. “Master Gardener volunteer training is conducted by AgriLife Extension and is for adults interested in gardening, horticulture and related […]

Give poinsettias a healthy home for the holidays and beyond

OVERTON – The bright, crimson red holiday ornamental plant staple – the poinsettia – has a few needs to help it thrive throughout the holidays, according to Dr. Brent Pemberton, Texas A&M AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist, Overton.  “Poinsettia care for the holidays is pretty straightforward,” he said. “When people pick them up, they’re ready for […]

Permeable pavements course in Fort Worth offers hands-on instruction

FORT WORTH — A Dec. 15 course, Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Permeable Pavement, offers comprehensive instruction for using environmentally sound permeable pavements, which allow rainwater to pass through their surfaces and into the ground, replenishing precious water resources, organizers said. Course participants at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden will learn about permeable pavement benefits, design, maintenance […]

National pest control pros scurry to Texas Rodent Academy

DALLAS — Pest control professionals from companies in Utah, Georgia, New York and across Texas converged in Dallas for three days to train alongside Texas A&M AgriLife Extension entomologists on controlling rodent infestations. “We were especially pleased to get Dr. Bobby Corrigan, one of the top rodentologists in the country, to reinvent his New York […]

AgriLife Extension names veteran agent to regional role

SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has named Robert Pritz as the new agriculture and natural resources regional program leader for the agency’s West Region. Pritz, currently the AgriLife Extension agent in Taylor County, will be headquartered at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo. He will assume […]

Master Gardeners throughout Texas receive vegetable specialist training

SAN ANTONIO – Texas Master Gardeners from throughout the state recently converged at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Bexar County for a three-day training toward their certification to become vegetable specialists. “We had 42 individuals from 22 different counties attend the training in San Antonio,” said  David Rodriguez, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for […]