West Nile case numbers lowest since 2012

DALLAS COUNTY – Cases of West Nile virus in Texas have been the lowest in years, and researchers may know why, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.  Mike Merchant, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension entomologist, Dallas, said a publication by health officials in Dallas County may shed light on factors that contribute to outbreaks and […]

Registration open for Fall Landscaping Symposium set Sept. 7 in San Angelo

SAN ANGELO — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Concho Valley Master Gardeners annual Fall Landscaping Symposium is just three weeks away and registration is now open. The eighth annual event will be held Sept. 7 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 7887 N. U.S. Highway 87 in San Angelo. Refreshments and […]

Texas A&M Turfgrass Field Day set Oct. 9 in College Station

COLLEGE STATION — Registration for the Texas A&M Turfgrass and Landscape Field Day on Oct. 9 is open. The field day will be held at the Scotts-MiracleGro Lawn and Garden Research Facility, 3100 F&B Road in College Station. “This field day offers an opportunity for members of industry and the general public to see and […]

Vernon hibiscus research draws public attention to AgriLife center

VERNON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Vernon opened its hibiscus research plots to local Master Gardeners as a response to growing public interest in research activity there.  Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant physiologist, Vernon, recently hosted a show-and-tell tour of the center’s research plots in Lockett for […]

Soil Regen Forum offers comprehensive info on maintaining healthy soils

BELTON — The Soil Regen Forum Aug. 28-29 offers two days of expert-led presentations, demonstrations and discussions on maintaining healthy soils by using regenerative agriculture practices, coordinators said. The event will be at the Summers Mill Retreat and Conference Center, 441 Farm-to-Market 1123, Belton. It is open to the public, and registration is $100. The […]

Vegetable production budgets available for High Plains growers

AMARILLO – Gardeners and commercial producers with an extra acre in their backyard or pivot circle corner can “pencil out” vegetable production with more confidence, thanks to a Texas A&M AgriLife and West Texas A&M University collaborative project. The vegetable production budgets are available at https://tinyurl.com/D1vegetablebudget, then click on “spreadsheet budgets.” The site also includes […]

When should I water my yard? WaterMyYard has an app for that

COLLEGE STATION — A frequent summertime question from homeowners is “how much do I need to water my yard?” according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.  Each year is a little different, said Dr. Guy Fipps, AgriLife Extension irrigation engineer, College Station. Less than 5% of the state is experiencing drought this year, and […]

High tunnel seed, vegetable production avoids weather issues

AMARILLO – Rows of brilliant red salvia fill one high tunnel, and the aroma of basil drifts through another. Dr. Charlie Rush, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Amarillo, is diversifying his high tunnel research into seed production this year. https://youtu.be/C7JobCoDg_4 Rush has spent the past four years building high tunnels and researching their […]