Lower Rio Grande Valley soil testing campaign runs through January

WESLACO– The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in the Lower Rio Grande Valley is offering its annual soil testing campaign Oct. 11-Jan. 31, according to agency personnel. “We’re encouraging all commercial agricultural producers in Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy counties to take part in this free soil testing campaign to help with nutrient management and  improve water […]

GLOBE program provides national, international experiences for 4-H youth

COLLEGE STATION — Texas 4-H has announced the second opportunity for the Global Leadership Opportunities Beyond Education, or GLOBE, international program — a two-tiered citizenship and leadership program for 4-H members in grades 6-12. “The program is designed to engage intermediate and senior 4-H youth to look at their own communities through the eyes of […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Oct. 3, 2017

FLOYDADA – Wet weather has put a damper on the Panhandle pumpkin harvest, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service staff. Cristen Brooks, AgriLife Extension agent in Floyd County, said producers expected an above- average year for pumpkins, but recent rains have brought harvest to a standstill at a critical time.  “Producers were saying it […]

Water quality training Oct. 25 in Sulphur Springs

SULPHUR SPRINGS – A free Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to the Running Creek and Elm Creek watersheds will be from 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 25. The workshop will be in the Southwest Dairy Museum, 1210 Houston St. in Sulphur Springs. Lunch will be provided at noon for attendees who preregister on or […]

New AgriLife Extension agent named for Henderson County

OVERTON – Spencer Perkins has been named the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s agriculture and natural resources agent for Henderson County, effective Oct. 1. The joint announcement by Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders, the Henderson County Commissioners Court and Shelia Lewis, District 5 AgriLife Extension administrator, Overton, followed Perkins approval by commissioners.  “I am pleased […]

4- H Junior Leadership Retreat slated Nov. 10-12 near Brownwood

BROWNWOOD – Texas 4-H members in third through eighth grades will have a chance to hone their life skills during the Junior Leadership Retreat set for Nov. 10-12 at the Texas 4-H Conference Center, 5600 Farm-to-Market 3021 at Lake Brownwood. “The Junior Leadership Retreat features Texas 4-H Council members conducting hands-on educational workshops with younger […]

Texas Fruit Conference set for Oct. 2-3 in New Braunfels

NEW BRAUNFELS — The sixth annual Texas Fruit Conference, scheduled for Oct. 2-3 at the City of New Braunfels Civic Convention Center, 325 S. Castell Ave., will offer a comprehensive program for novice and experienced fruit growers, coordinators said. Early-bird registration is $65 per person by Sept 10. Regular online registration is from Sept. 11-28 […]

Texas, out-of-state 4-H’ers pitch in on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Hundreds of youth in Texas 4-H  and out-of-state 4-H programs gave their “heads, hearts, hands and health” to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas, said Dr. Toby Lepley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state 4-H youth development specialist, College Station. Texas 4-H is the youth development component of the Texas A&M […]

Colorful winter-hardy hibiscus hybrids continue trek to consumer gardens

VERNON – The winter-hardy hibiscus breeding program led by Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research forage agronomist and plant breeder at Vernon, is in the spotlight again. “We are about to conclude our seventh breeding season, and we have another 20 or so unique hibiscus hybrids that may beautify gardens across the U.S. […]

Time will tell what Harvey did to Texas coastal landscapes

ANGLETON — Unlike people and animals, plants can’t evacuate when threatening weather approaches, and long tenures in flood waters can take a toll. But as water recedes and people recover their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, landscapes also will need to be watched for signs of stress, said Stephen Brueggerhoff, Texas A&M AgriLife […]