Ground-penetrating radar could help producers dig potatoes early

Water savings, premium markets could be realized Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Dirk Hays, 979-458-0032, dbhays@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Ground-penetrating radar might help the potato industry save water,…

Guadalupe County Master Gardener class open for registration

Instruction will be Tuesdays, Aug. 8-Dec. 5 Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Kay McElveen, 479-790-2933, hkaymcelveen@gmail.com SEGUIN – Guadalupe County residents interested in learning more about gardening and sharing…

Master Marketer Program to be presented Sept. 18-Oct. 31 in Castroville

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Rob Hogan, 432-940-6777, RHogan@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Mark Welch, 979-845-8011, jmwelch@tamu.edu CASTROVILLE — The Master Marketer Program will be held in two-week intervals from Sept.…

Growing organic rice for market niche not simple

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Shane Zhou, 409-752-2741, xzhou@aesrg.tamu.edu Dr. Fugen Dou, 409-752-2741, f-dou@aesrg.tamu.edu Dr. Mo Way, 409-658-2186, moway@aesrg.tamu.edu Dr. Muthu, Bagavathiannan, 979-845-3041, muthu.bagavathiannan@tamu.edu BEAUMONT —  A market…

Chiggers, fleas more noticeable in summer

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Wizzie Brown, 512-854-9600, ebrown@ag.tamu.edu Molly Keck, 210-631-0400, mekeck@ag.tamu.edu CENTRAL TEXAS – As people become more active in summer, so do a few familiar pests…

AgriLife Extension brings Worksite Wellness program to High Plains

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Angela Burkham, 806-677-5600, aburkham@tamu.edu AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is taking its wellness programs to work sites across the High…

Texas Crop and Weather Report — July 18

Forage pests active in improved pastures Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Forage producers should be on the watch for and ready to…

Texas-bred potatoes headed to grower fields, marketplace

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Creighton Miller, 979-219-3388, jcmillerjr@tamu.edu SPRINGLAKE – Texas-bred potatoes were highlighted recently at the 26th annual Texas A&M Potato Breeding and Variety Development Program…

Private water well screenings set for San Jacinto, Liberty, Chambers counties

Contact: John Smith, 979-845-2761, jwsmith@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — The Texas Well Owner Network will present water well screenings in July and August in San Jacinto, Liberty and Chambers counties to…

Texas A&M entomologist hot on the trail to stop global locust devastation

  Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Hojun Song, 979-845-2481, hsong@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – From time immemorial, man has suffered from the devastation wrought by locust swarms of biblical…

Spray drift damage: What landowners need to know

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, 806-677-5600, tiffany.dowell@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – With summer crop production in full swing, pesticide spray drift can cause damage to neighboring property owners,…

Beekeeping workshops offered July 24-26 in Perryton

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.eduContact: Scott Strawn, 806-435-4501, Scott.Strawn@ag.tamu.edu PERRYTON – Three days of beekeeping information will be offered July 24-26 at workshops hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension…

Stocker cattle, wheat conference set for Aug. 1 in Lawton

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Emi Kimura, 940-552-9941 ext. 233, emi.kimura@ag.tamu.edu Marty New, 580-255-0546, marty.new@okstate.edu LAWTON, Oklahoma – With low wheat prices, stocker cattle options for farmers and…

Tomato growers workshop set for July 28 in College Station

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.eduContact: Dr. Kevin Crosby, 979-845-7012, k-crosby@tamu.edu  COLLEGE STATION — Tomato growers, whether at-home or commercial, are encouraged to attend a workshop on production improvement from 9…

Wildfire recovery meetings set Aug. 3 in northeastern Texas Panhandle

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Danny Nusser, 806-677-5600, dnusser@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Almost five months after wildfires ripped across much of the northeastern Texas Panhandle, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension…

Food safety greater concern during summer outings

AgriLife Extension expert recommends more care in  handling, preparing, storing foods Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Rebecca Dittmar, 830-257-6568, rdittmar@ag.tamu.edu KERRVILLE — Ants aren’t the only tiny creatures that can…

Texas A&M AgriLife celebrates 50 years in Overton

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Charles Long, 903-834-6191, charles.long@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton celebrated its 50th year of research, innovation…

Institute to hold July 18 meeting on improving water quality in Mid and Lower Cibolo Creeks

Contacts: Clare Entwistle, 210-277-0292 ext 110, clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu Patricia Carvajal, 210-302-3672, pmcarvajal@sara-tx.org LA VERNIA – The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting a meeting July 18 for anyone interested in becoming involved…

Agricultural leases to be covered by AgriLife Extension in four workshops

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, 806-677-5668, tiffany.dowelllashmet@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – After such a positive response last year, four new Rancher Leasing Workshops covering grazing, hunting and livestock…

AgriLife Extension sets range program in Coleman July 27

  Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Michael Palmer, 325-625-4519, m-palmer@tamu.edu COLEMAN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Coleman County Range, Pasture Herbicide Update and Prescribed…