New Texas A&M AgriLife sweetclover variety – Silver River Sweetclover – paradise for pollinators

TALOGA, OKLAHOMA – Donning his beekeeper suit, Charles Touchstone, of Arapaho, Oklahoma, stepped a few feet inside a buzzing 90-acre field of Silver River Sweetclover planted for seed production near Taloga, Oklahoma. Some of the lacy white flowered shoots busy with bees stretched above his 6-foot frame. Silver River Sweetclover is a new Texas A&M […]

High, low input farming discussed at 54th Stiles Farm Field Day

THRALL – Blackland farmers from across the region toured sorghum, corn and cotton fields learning more about using high and low input crop production at the recent 54th Stiles Farm Foundation Field Day in Thrall. The annual field day showcases the latest in production agriculture at the Stiles Farm, which serves as a teaching platform […]

Brush control, chute-side, fencing demonstrations planned for Beef Cattle Short Course

COLLEGE STATION – Live cattle working, fence building, tractor equipment and Brush Busters demonstrations are among several activities planned for the 63rd Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 7-9 at Texas A&M University in College Station. All demonstrations will be Aug. 9 at various locations. They will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – June 20

COLLEGE STATION – Pest problems for vegetable producers and gardeners are popping up around the state, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Conditions have been good for vegetable production around much of the state following mild spring conditions and ample rains, but the weather is also setting the stage for pests, said […]

AgriLife Extension sets range, brush program July 6 in Brownwood

BROWNWOOD – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Brown County Range and Brush Program July 6 at the Brown County Fairgrounds, 4206 U.S. Highway 377 South in Brownwood. Registration will start at 3:30 p.m. with the program following from 4-9 p.m. “Brush encroachment into our pastures continues to be an expensive problem […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – June 13

UVALDE – Despite typical troubles for individual growers, the Texas watermelon crop appears to be performing on time and without many problems, said Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Uvalde. Stein said the Texas watermelon crop was “looking good” and has avoided many of the disease problems that have plagued other crops […]

Texas Sheep and Goat Expo adds youth program

SAN ANGELO – The Texas Sheep and Goat Expo slated for Aug. 18-19 at San Angelo’s First Community Spur Arena has added a youth component. Billed as the largest, most comprehensive educational event of its kind, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-conducted expo addresses wool sheep, hair sheep, meat goats, club lambs and Angora goats. […]

Research shows protein on U.S. native grasslands in decline

TEMPLE – There is an alarming trend on America’s rangelands due to grazing and changing climate, and it’s already costing producers almost $2 billion annually, according to recently published work by a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in Temple. Dr. Jay Angerer, an AgriLife Research rangeland ecologist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension […]

Major sheep and goat educational events are fast approaching

SAN ANGELO – Officials said plans for the 2017 Texas Sheep and Goat Expo featuring new events are finalized. The statewide Texas A&M AgriLife event set for Aug. 18-19 in San Angelo is one of the largest sheep and goat programs in the world, particularly in the way it addresses different segments of the industry, […]

East Side Row Crop Tour set for June 16 in Asa

ASA – The East Side Row Crop Tour is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon June 16 in Asa. The tour is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service row crop committees in McLennan and Falls counties. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in the field. To get to the field, from the E. Leona […]