Water rights seminar to address who gets dwindling reserves

Contact: Dr. Guy Fipps, 979-845-7454, g-fipps@tamu.edu McALLEN – A powerhouse speaker’s panel highlights the 2017 Seminar on Water Rights and Public Policy – The Waters of the Rio Grande to…

New citrus planting method stops bugs, yields additional benefits

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Olufemi Alabi, 956-968-5581, olufemi.alabi@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Mamoudou Sétamou, 956-447-3370, mamoudou.setamou@tamuk.edu WESLACO — A planting design that outwitted a weevil in Texas citrus groves has…

AgriLife Extension EFNEP summer program feeds children’s bodies, minds

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Oscar Zamora, 956-399-4015, Oscar.Zamora@ag.tamu.edu Melissa DeLeon, 956-383-5721, Melissa.DeLeon@ag.tamu.edu SAN BENITO/EDINBURG – This summer, low-income and underserved children in the Lower Rio Grande Valley received a…

Anti-wall activists march to protect church in Rio Grande Valley

It’s supposed to be God, not government, that decides when a Catholic church that’s been welcoming parishioners since 1899 should burn its last candle. But as the sun’s light slowly…

Watermelon trial provides useful information for Texas producers

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Larry Stein, 830-278-9151, larry.stein@ag.tamu.edu David Rodriguez, 210-631-0400, dhrodriguez@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service melon trials at the San Antonio…

Texas Crop and Weather Report – June 13

Texas watermelon crop looks good and on schedule for Fourth of July Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Stein, 830-278-9151, larry.stein@ag.tamu.edu UVALDE – Despite typical troubles for individual…

New sugarcane aphid early warning system debuts

  AgriLife Extension effort monitors pests’ seasonal movement Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-651-4824, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Allen Knutson, 972-952-9222, Allen.Knutson@ag.tamu.edu                DALLAS – A minuscule pest few Texas farmers had ever heard…

Lower Rio Grande Valley group to examine season’s climate projections

  Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu   Contact: Dr. Catherine Simpson, 956-973-3002, Catherine.Simpson@tamuk.edu WESLACO — Water, weather and the climate outlook will be on the agenda for a one-day workshop…

Citrus grower education program slated for May 9 in Mission

Program will focus on practical aspects of new water conservation technologies Contacts: Lucas Gregory, 979-845-7869, LFGregory@ag.tamu.edu Shad Nelson, 361-593-3712, shad.nelson@tamuk.edu Brad Cowan, 956-383-1026, brad.cowan@ag.tamu.edu MISSION – An educational program for…

Texas Crop and Weather Report — April 4

Early emergence of insects expected due to unseasonable winter and spring conditions Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Charles Allen, 325-653-4576, ctallen@ag.tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Above-average temperatures throughout late…

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Feb. 7

Wet weather headed to Texas Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, 979-862-2248, n-g@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A pattern of wet weather lies ahead for much of the…

Agriculture tells the history of the Rio Grande Valley

Writer: Rod Santa Ana, 956-878-8317, r-santaana@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Luis Ribera, 956-373-5086, lribera@tamu.edu WESLACO — As the 1800s rolled into the 1900s, agriculture in the Lower Rio Grande Valley was in…

Lower Rio Grande Valley soil testing campaign runs through January

  Writer: Rod Santa Ana, 956-878-8317, r-santaana@tamu.edu Contacts: Enrique Perez, 956-361-8236, eperez@ag.tamu.edu Matthew Rodriguez, 956-689-2412, matthew.rodriguez@ag.tamu.edu Brad Cowan, 956-383-1026, b-cowan@tamu.edu Victor Gutierrez, 956-969-5615, victor.gutierrez@ag.tamu.edu WESLACO  —  The Texas A&M AgriLife…

Texas wheat variety ‘Picks’ for High Plains, Rolling Plains released

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.eduContacts: Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.eduDr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.eduDr. Emi Kimura, 940-552-9941 ext. 233, emi.kimura@ag.tamu.eduDr. Clark Neely, 979-862-1412, cbneely@tamu.edu AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife…

South Texas irrigation training manual published

WESLACO – South Texas agricultural irrigators have a new resource available to help them improve irrigation management and water conservation, according to a Texas Water Resources Institute official. The “South…

Texas Crop and Weather Report — May 3

AgriLife Extension specialist: Recent rainfall improved soil conditions for the bulk of Texas’ cotton fields By: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Gaylon Morgan, 979-845-0870, gdmorgan@tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION — Most…

AgriLife Extension experts say sorghum producers can now use Transform

WESLACO — Texas forage and grain sorghum growers now have state and federal permission to use a pesticide this year that has been highly effective against their most troublesome pest,…

Grain sorghum growers urged to look out for sugarcane aphids

WESLACO  —  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts in South Texas are warning grain sorghum growers to keep a sharp eye out for populations of sugarcane aphids. The tiny insects…

Valley growers, landowners eligible for irrigation and nutrient management assistance

WESLACO — Agricultural producers and landowners in Willacy, Cameron and Hidalgo counties may be eligible for financial assistance to improve irrigation systems and implement other conservation practices, according to personnel…

AgriLife Extension honors Texas Sugarcane Aphid Team with Superior Service Award

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu   Contact: Rod Santa Ana, 956-878-8317, r-santaana@tamu.edu            BRYAN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has presented the Sugarcane Aphid Team a Superior Service Award…