Author Archives: Beth Luedeker

Dr. Travis Miller retires after 38 years with AgriLife Extension

Written by: Kay Ledbetter   With crops in the ground 365 days a year in more than 150 counties in Texas, Dr. Travis Miller has worn through a lot of shoe leather during his 38 years with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Now he’s giving those shoes a break. Miller may have carried the title of interim associate director for state operations with the AgriLife Extension most recently, but he is much better known for the 20-plus years spent as the state small grains and oilseeds specialist… Read More →

Surface Mine Reclamation Workshop

The 38th annual Surface Mine Reclamation Workshop will be Oct. 4-6 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bryan/ College Station, 3081 University Drive East, Bryan, Texas 77802. PLEASE NOTE: This is a different address than first released – the workshop has moved due to damage sustained by hurricane Harvey Dr. Sam Feagley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state soil environmental specialist in College Station, will lead the workshop, which is planned by industry reclamation personnel specific to Texas mining conditions related to lignite, uranium, clay and aggregates. Registration for state… Read More →

Private water well owners should test well after a flood

Contacts: Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, dboellstorff@tamu.edu Drew Gholson, 979-845-1461, dgholson@tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION — Private water well owners whose wells flooded from the recent rains should assume that their well water is contaminated until tested, according to Dr. Diane Boellstorff, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service water resource specialist, College Station. “You should not use water from a flooded well for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing your teeth or even bathing until you are satisfied it is not contaminated,” Boellstorff said. Boellstorff, a faculty member in Texas A&M University’s soil and… Read More →

Ranch Management University set for Oct. 9-13 in College Station

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – From soil management to cattle, forage and wildlife, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University Oct. 9-13 in College Station will offer a little something for everyone, according to coordinators. The workshop will meet at the G. Rollie White Visitor Center, 7707 Raymond Stotzer Parkway on the Texas A&M University campus, said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head and AgriLife Extension program leader, College Station…. Read More →

Forage sorghum silage tour Sept. 13 near Bushland

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu   BUSHLAND – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research will jointly host a forage sorghum silage tour near Bushland on Sept. 13. “No matter what your goals are in your operation, with 78 different varieties in these trials, there are valuable results and information for everyone,” said Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo. “Bushland has received 9.5 inches of rain since July 26, so the plots look fantastic.” The program will… Read More →

Land Stewardship Conference for Women Oct. 2-3

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu   FREDERICKSBURG – Poultry, birding, wildlife – all offer potential revenue if the land is taken care of first. And an upcoming two-day conference will help women in the Edwards Plateau region determine the best management practices to make that happen. “Women – Takin’ On the Stewardship Challenge,” hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will take place Oct. 2-3 at the Inn on Barons Creek in Fredericksburg. The conference, funded by the Ruth and Eskel… Read More →

Internship provides learning opportunity

By: Beth Ann Luedeker David Bryant, a senior Plant and Soil Science student, spent his summer as a soil scientist intern  at the Lincoln, NE, Soil Survey Office. The internship included spending time working at the Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory where he was introduced to each analytical section of the KSSL — Sample Processing, Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Physics. David had the opportunity to observe analytical processes in progress and interact with KSSL technicians. He learned how soil characterization samples submitted by Soil Survey Offices are processed and analyzed,… Read More →

Organic Rice Research

By: Kathleen Phillips Soil and Crop Sciences Contacts: Dr. Fugen Dou,  f-dou@aesrg.tamu.edu Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan,  muthu.bagavathiannan@tamu.edu A market niche for organic rice has a potential to yield premium prices for farmers, but it’s more involved than simply planting the seed and forgetting it until harvest time. That was the message from a team of researchers at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Beaumont during a recent field day at which experimental plots were showcased for area growers. Rice scientists are conducting a three-year, multi-state, $1 million project… Read More →

Field-day planned Aug. 30 in Chillicothe

By: Kay Ledbetter Soil and Crop Sciences contacts: Dr. Emi Kimura, emi.kimura@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Paul DeLaune, paul.delaune@ag.tamu.edu   The Rolling Plains Summer Field Day, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Vernon, will be Aug. 30. The field day activities will focus on many of the cotton trials at the AgriLife Research Chillicothe Station, 1340 Farm-to-Market Road 392, south of Chillicothe. “It is an important year for cotton production in Texas as new technologies came onto the market,” said Dr. Emi Kimura, Texas A&M AgriLife… Read More →

Aggie Weed Team represents at SWSS contest

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Soil and Crop Sciences contact: Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, muthu.bagavathiannan@tamu.edu   Weed Science students and their coaches traveled to Vero Beach, Florida recently to represent Texas A&M University at the Southern Weed Science Society weed contest. Drs. Muthu Bagavathiannan, Katherine Carson, and Vijay Singh coached two graduate teams and an undergraduate team for the contest. Thirteen teams, representing nine universities competed. “Last year was our first year to compete, and we didn’t do so well,” said graduate student Seth Abugho. “This was a redemption year… Read More →