65th Beef Cattle Short Course wrapped in College Station

COLLEGE STATION – The 2019 Texas A&M AgriLife Beef Cattle Short Course Aug. 5-7 at Texas A&M University featured a full slate of educational presentations and discussions focused on the beef cattle industry. Dr. Jason Cleere, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, College Station, said the 65th annual Beef Cattle Short Course continued […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Aug. 6, 2019

COLLEGE STATION – A challenging year for vineyards could culminate with exceptional 2019 wines from Texas wine grapes, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Michael Cook, AgriLife Extension viticulture program specialist, Denton, said the 2019 wine grape season was challenging for producers, and vines were showing lower yields but very good quality fruit […]

Fire Field Day slated for Sept. 14 in Sonora

SONORA — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange are teaming up to host a prescribed fire field day in Sonora. Fiery Legacy: Maintaining Rx Fire in Texas will take place Sept. 14 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station, 395 County Road 760 in Sonora. The event will […]

Vernon hibiscus research draws public attention to AgriLife center

VERNON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Vernon opened its hibiscus research plots to local Master Gardeners as a response to growing public interest in research activity there.  Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant physiologist, Vernon, recently hosted a show-and-tell tour of the center’s research plots in Lockett for […]

New research helps hay producers manage Bermuda grass stem maggot

OVERTON – A relatively new pest – the Bermuda grass stem maggot – is plaguing Texas hay producers this season, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.  However, new research from Texas A&M AgriLife is helping growers better manage this pest. “Previously, there was no information on how damaging this insect was to hay […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report – July 30, 2019

LUBBOCK – Alternative crops like sunflowers and sesame experienced a mixed year amid variable market conditions for the commodities that produce everything from oils to food products to viscosity enhancers used for oil well drilling. Dr. Calvin Trostle, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist, Lubbock, said Texas producers planted fewer acres of the alternative crops […]

4-H members participate in Youth Agricultural Lifetime Leadership experience

KERRVILLE–  Twenty-nine 4-H members participated in the six-day Youth Agricultural Lifetime Leadership experience, or Y.A.L.L., July 14-19. “It was a wonderful experience and lots of fun,” said Paige Quaila, Val Verde 4-H member. “We learned about agriculture, how to teach others about leadership skills and agriculture. My favorite part of the trip was going to […]

Patch burn grazing workshop set Sept. 17-18 in Decatur

DECATUR– The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Great Plains Fire Science Exchange will host a patch burn grazing workshop Sept. 17-18. Patch burn grazing is the application of prescribed fire to grasslands in order to focus livestock grazing on a specific area. The objective is to increase plant diversity and structure to benefit wildlife […]

Lacher to become director of Borlaug Center for Coffee Research and Education

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Tom Lacher will become director of the Center for Coffee Research and Education, part of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University in College Station, effective Aug. 15.  Lacher brings an extensive research background in conservation and biodiversity, which will help propel the center into new educational […]