Texas Crop and Weather Report – Oct. 2, 2018

COLLEGE STATION – Drought and untimely late-summer rains likely will mean a subpar 2018 growing season for many Texas cotton producers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.    Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension statewide cotton specialist, College Station, said Texas cotton producers dealt with a myriad of challenges in 2018, including cool […]

Ranchers Leasing Workshop set for Nov. 8 in Waco

WACO – A half-day Ranchers Leasing Workshop set for Nov. 8 in Waco will cover all aspects of leasing including grazing, hunting and livestock. The free workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the McLennan County Community College Emergency Services Education Center, 7601 Steinbeck Road in Waco. Lunch will be sponsored […]

Shafer appointed interim department head for Texas A&M ag leadership, education and communication

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Scott Shafer has been appointed interim department head of agricultural leadership, education and communication at Texas A&M University in College Station. The announcement was made by Dr. Patrick Stover, vice chancellor for agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M University and acting director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Shafer serves as […]

AgriLife Extension provides livestock assistance in response to Hurricane Florence

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has deployed the first of two animal strike response teams to North Carolina to provide assistance with Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. “Having gone through such a disaster last year here in Texas resulting from Hurricane Harvey, those recovery efforts are still fresh on our minds,” said […]

Festival Strawberry latest Texas Superstar release

COLLEGE STATION – A new strawberry variety – Festival Strawberry – combines prolific production and quality taste as the latest Texas Superstar available for purchase in retail garden centers and nurseries, according to the Texas Superstar Executive Board. The Festival Strawberry variety was named a 2018 Texas Superstar plant by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Sept. 25, 2018

THRALL – Drought conditions throughout much of the state this summer likely will mean lower wildlife numbers this hunting season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension statewide wildlife specialist, Thrall, said deer, quail and turkey numbers would likely be affected. Fewer forbs and reduced nutritional value in browse […]

Junior Master Gardener Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! Program takes shape in Houston schools

HOUSTON – Houston Independent School District elementary students are learning how to plant, tend and harvest nutritious vegetables thanks to the Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! program offered by the Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension Service Junior Master Gardener Program. Over the summer, teachers from HISD elementary schools received training on how implement the curriculum and […]

Olson, Jarvis inducted into Ag Economics Honor Registry

COLLEGE STATION – Mark Olson (’71) and Britt Jarvis (’85) are the newest inductees into the Texas A&M University Department of Agricultural Economics Tyrus R. Timm Honor Registry. The Honor Registry is named after Tyrus R. Timm, who led the department for 20 years during its rise to prominence in teaching, research and extension. Timm […]

Producer participation requested in AgriLife Extension predator survey

SAN ANGELO – The 2018 Predator Survey by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will paint a more accurate picture of real returns for the state’s livestock operations in numbers and economic losses. “Predators cause economic hardship on Texas livestock producers annually,” said Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist based in San Angelo. “When you tally […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Sept. 18, 2018

OVERTON – Hay and forage producers and homeowners around the state are battling armyworms following rains and cooler weather, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.   The fall armyworm is a common pest of Bermuda grass and many other crops in Texas, Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton, said. Given their […]