Author Archives: Beth Luedeker

Producers, Homeowners battling armyworms

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu   Hay and forage producers and homeowners around the state are battling armyworms following rains and cooler weather, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. The fall armyworm is a common pest of Bermuda grass and many other crops in Texas, Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton, said. Given their appetite, numbers and ability to move, fall armyworms can consume entire fields or pastures in a few days. “I highly, highly recommend producers scout… Read More →

Guar, wheat integration focus of new study

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-77-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Curtis Adams, 940-552-9941, Curtis.adams@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu A team of scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife and the University of Florida are working to increase and stabilize guar production in the U.S. by testing integration of guar into existing wheat production in the Southern Plains. The team is funded for the next four years to conduct this work by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Sustainable Agroecosystems: Functions, Processes and Management” grant program. Guar produces a seed containing galactomannan gum, which… Read More →

New Texas A&M soil scientist aims research at global change effects on carbon sequestration

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Peyton Smith, 979-845-5669, peyton.smith@tamu.edu Dr. Peyton Smith was soaring through the skies before she could drive, but it’s what is on the ground, or beneath the ground, that grabbed her fascination and led to her latest position with Texas A&M University. “I received my private pilot’s license the last year of high school and was enrolled in the Aviation Technology degree program at Purdue University, but I was quickly captivated by the biological sciences,” she said. Now Smith, who’s been on… Read More →

Aggie Weed Science students compete in Memphis

Writer: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, muthu@tamu.edu Members of the Texas A&M weeds judging team represented our university and department well at the 2018 Southern Weed Science Society contest in Memphis, Tennessee, last month. The Aggie A-Team finished fourth out of 12 teams representing ten colleges and universities. Prabhu Govindasamy, a Ph.D. candidate under Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan , turned in a perfect score in the herbicide symptomology competition to share top honors with two other students from other universities. He was also the 4th high individual… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife’s High Plains wheat “Top Picks” list released

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu Each year, experts with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research jointly provide wheat producers across the High Plains their “Top Picks” list for varieties with the highest potential before planting time. The summaries are derived from wheat variety trials coordinated by the Texas A&M AgriLife wheat breeding program in Amarillo, with funding provided by variety trial entry fees as well as the… Read More →

Rainwater harvesting, turf management training Sept. 20-21 in Boerne and San Antonio

By: AgriLife Today Contacts: John W Smith, 979-845-2761, johnwsmith@tamu.edu Dr. Becky Grubbs, 979-845-3041, bgrubbs@tamu.edu Dr. Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, dboellstorff@tamu.edu Reagan Hejl, 979-845-5252, Reagan.hejl@tamu.edu Lee Marlowe, 210-302-3624, lmarlow@sara-tx.org Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program is hosting two residential rainwater harvesting and turf management trainings in Boerne and San Antonio on Sept. 20 and 21, respectively. The first training, in collaboration with the Upper Cibolo Creek Watershed Partnership, will be from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road… Read More →

4th Annual Women’s Stewardship Conference in Fredericksburg October 1-2

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Matt Brown, matthew.brown@tamu.edu The fourth annual women’s stewardship conference sponsored by the Bennett Trust and Texas A&M AgriLife will be held October 1 -2 at The Inn on Barron’s Creek in Fredericksburg, Texas. This year’s conference, “Empowering Women – New Stewardship Traditions”, will include presentations and discussions of land stewardship followed by an outdoor session and tours of agribusinesses owned and/or run by women. Day one of the conference will include presentations on topics from both traditional and non-traditional agriculture. This year’s agenda… Read More →

Extension Turfgrass Specialist joins faculty in Dallas

By: Gabe Saldana Contact: Dr. Lindsey Hoffman,lindsey.hoffman@ag.tamu.edu Efficient varieties and informed management practices can help Texans make the most of turfgrasses’ natural human health and environmental benefits, said the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s new turfgrass specialist. Dr. Lindsey Hoffman assumed her post at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas July 9. She said her public outreach initiatives will deliver holistic approaches for coaxing maximum benefit from turfgrass use. “Turfgrasses provide a number of services to the ecosystem,” Hoffman said. “They control erosion, contribute… Read More →

Summer intern benefits water programs

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Jake Mowrer – jake.mowrer@tamu.edu Makayla Faldyn, who will begin her senior year at Texas A&M in just a few weeks, spent her summer as a water resource restoration and protection intern with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension water program in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. “I have a passion for science, communication and education, so this internship fit me perfectly,” said Faldyn. “I got to learn more about watersheds, set up meetings, and even deliver outreach education. I also got… Read More →

Water-wise Tips for Turfgrass offered

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Becky Grubbs, 979-845-0603, bgrubbs@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Lawn owners may be second-guessing their regular maintenance practices, especially in the hottest and driest months. Dr. Becky Grubbs, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service turfgrass specialist in the Department of Soil and Crops Sciences in College Station, has published a Water-Wise Checklist for Texas Home Lawns and Other Turfgrass Areas to help with lawn maintenance this summer. “We know this is the time of year when Texans become particularly concerned about their lawns,” Grubbs… Read More →