Texas Crop and Weather Report – May 23

COLLEGE STATION – Texas cotton is in a varied state of production, but one thing is common for most producers, especially dryland growers, rain is needed to improve soil moisture levels, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Seth Byrd, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock, said cotton producers around the state experienced favorable weather patterns […]

Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course set for Aug. 7-9

COLLEGE STATION – The 63rd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled Aug. 7-9 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The short course is the largest beef cattle educational event in the country and attracts more than 1,600 beef cattle producers from Texas and abroad, according to organizers. The short course is hosted […]

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 […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — May 16

COLLEGE STATION – Above-average temperatures and dry conditions across Texas could be a sign of things to come this summer, said the state climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, College Station, said he is concerned arid conditions could be prevalent through the summer following the warmest winter on record and a relatively dry spring with above-average temperatures. […]

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 […]

Pilgrim’s Pride $1 million gift to modernize Texas A&M’s poultry feed mill

COLLEGE STATION- Texas A&M University’s department of animal science poultry feed mill in College Station provides tens of thousands of chickens with nourishment each day, but is more than half a century old and showing its age. Amid a layer of cobwebs, corn dust, soybean flakes and other ingredients that make up tons of feed […]

Texas A&M Students showcase global design learning projects

COLLEGE STATION – A culmination of two semesters of work designing and implementing engineering systems to solve community problems was showcased recently as part of the Global Design Team capstone program offered by Texas A&M University’s department of biological and agricultural engineering. The capstone class spans fall and spring semesters and provides undergraduate students with […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — May 9

COLLEGE STATION – From backyards to planted acres, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists said pest populations are on the rise around the state. Dr. Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Extension veterinary entomologist, Stephenville, said many pests emerged earlier than usual this year due to the weather, but populations and how long they stay will depend on […]

O.D. Butler Field Day May 19 to highlight hay production, pasture management

FRANKLIN – Field demonstrations showing ways to avoid hay losses, as well as ryegrass and grassbur control, will highlight the O.D. Butler Forage Field Day scheduled May 19 at the Camp Cooley Ranch Division of Circle X Land & Cattle Company in Franklin. The ranch is located at 4297 Camp Cooley Ranch Road. Cost is […]

Aquaponic systems gaining interest in Texas

OVERTON – Aquaponic systems are gaining interest around the state as producers and scientists work out the kinks in the relatively new production method and create best practices to spur future successes. Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture, the science of raising fish, and hydroponics, the science of growing plants without soil, according to a […]