Trade uncertainty, low commodity prices weigh on outlook for Texas farmers

AUSTIN – It’s not as dire as the farm crisis seen in the 1980s, but ongoing trade uncertainty coupled with low commodity prices and rising interest rates has created challenging times for agricultural producers across the U.S. and Texas, according to experts. A room full of who’s who in Texas agriculture, including farmers and those […]

AgriLife Extension’s Lawn 101 Series starts March 25 on Facebook Live

DEL RIO — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is starting a new Facebook Live series on lawn care, featuring a new lawn care topic each Monday, beginning March 25. The series will run on the AgriLife Extension – Val Verde County Facebook page at https://tinyurl.com/y4tmuvo5. Series programs will start at 6:30 p.m. each Monday, […]

AgriLife Extension to sponsor cotton marketing workshop April 3 in Lubbock

LUBBOCK — Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will sponsor a free cotton marketing workshop in Lubbock before the Texas Cotton Ginners Association, or TCGA, annual meeting and trade show. The workshop will be from 1-4 p.m. on April 3 in rooms 107-108 of the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, 1501 Mac Davis Lane. Tony Williams, TCGA […]

Grafting tomatoes protects plants, increases yields

OVERTON – Grafting vegetables is a time-tested way for growers to protect plants from soil-borne diseases as well as potentially improve yields, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.   Grafting is the process of joining two plant varieties – the top portion, or scion, with a bottom portion, or rootstock – to […]

New professor has big plans for dairy sciences at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Sushil Paudyal, assistant professor of dairy science in Texas A&M University’s department of animal science, plans to reinvigorate the dairy program in College Station. Paudyal hopes to engage students, producers, the U.S. Dairy Education and Training Consortium and industry groups like the Texas Association of Dairymen in the 90 percent teaching, […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – March 12, 2019

COLLEGE STATION – Despite soggy conditions delaying crop plantings in large swaths of the state, many areas are still contending with dry to drought conditions, according to the Texas state climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon said a weak El Niño pattern, which typically brings rain to much of the Southern states, delivered above-normal amounts of rain […]

National Health Outreach Conference to tackle transforming community health

FORT WORTH – The National Health Outreach Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service May 1-3 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel, will assist Cooperative Extension and public health professionals in addressing emerging health issues and health equity, according to organizers.   Themed “A Grand Vision for a Healthy America,” the conference will […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – March 5, 2019

SAN ANGELO – Markets for goat and sheep meat and fiber continue to be relatively strong despite softening prices and lower inventories, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.    Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist, San Angelo, said production data from the sheep and goat fiber and meat markets reveal mixed signals about […]

Pruning roses promotes growth, adds vigor to plants

OVERTON – Pruning roses should be an annual part of plant maintenance because it helps promote new growth and maintains their vigor, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert. Dr. Brent Pemberton, AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist, Overton, said roses are best pruned before they begin growing after winter dormancy, typically between January and March […]