Texas A&M AgriLife Research, consortium receive federal grant for citrus greening research

WESLACO – A Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist at Weslaco will lead a consortium of researchers in major citrus fruit producing regions to conduct high-throughput screening in discovering antimicrobials that could prevent citrus greening. Citrus greening, also known as Huanglongbing disease, has devastated citrus fruit crops in Florida and has made its way to Texas […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – July 31, 2018

AMARILLO – Infestations of damaging pests are increasing on corn, sorghum and cotton crops in the South Plains and Panhandle, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. Producers are monitoring crops, but Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Amarillo, said they should remain vigilant in scouting and be prepared to act with pesticide […]

AgriLife Extension sets more West Texas seed cotton program sign-up workshops

SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct more seed cotton program sign-up workshops in August to inform producers of the changes from the recently reinstated government program, an agency economist said. Bill Thompson of San Angelo said the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 brought cotton back into the U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

Scientists discover potential therapy for human copper metabolism disorders

COLLEGE STATION – Individuals with defects in copper metabolism may soon have more targeted treatment options thanks to a discovery by a research team led by Dr. Vishal Gohil of Texas A&M AgriLife Research in College Station. A paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences at http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/07/17/1806296115 reports that an investigational anticancer-drug, […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — July 24

COLLEGE STATION – Most areas of the state have set or tied high temperature records this summer, including a string of 100-plus days last week, according to the state climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, College Station, said San Angelo is experiencing its hottest summer to date, and much of the state is experiencing above-average temperatures.  Records […]

Big data in agriculture focus of Houston conference Aug. 20-21

HOUSTON – High-tech devices in agriculture such as unmanned aerial vehicles and sensors are leading to immense growth in data collection and deployment, and a Houston conference Aug. 20-21 will feature scholars and industry experts discussing future applications in all aspects of production agriculture. The invitation-only conference, Identifying Obstacles to Applying Big Data in Agriculture, […]

eBeam technology at Texas A&M tested in commercial-use study

COLLEGE STATION – By the end of summer, more than one million 5-pound boxes of imported mangos will be treated for possible invasive pests by electron beam, which irradiates fruits and vegetables at low doses to sterilize them, said Dr. Suresh Pillai, director of the National Center for Electron Beam Research at Texas A&M University […]

School of Irrigation to provide hands-on training in irrigation management

COLLEGE STATION  – Texas A&M’s School of Irrigation will hold a training series for professionals through August in response to drought conditions now prevailing through much of the state. “Over 75 percent of the state is currently experiencing some level of drought and  it affects local water supplies and stresses landscape plants,” said Charles Swanson, […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – July 17, 2018

COLLEGE STATION – A convergence of weather and market conditions have put a number of  Texas beef producers in a tough spot, facing rising supplemental feed prices and lower sale prices at local auctions, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton, said extended winter weather […]

Houston Urban Food Production Conference July 27

HOUSTON –  The Houston Urban Food Production Conference, covering commercial and backyard food growing, as well as selling produce, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 27 at the University of Houston Downtown campus, 201 Girard St. in Houston. Sponsors are the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Prairie View A&M University Cooperative […]