Author Archives: Beth Luedeker

Southern Region Water Conference in College Station

By: Beth Luedeker Contact: Diane Boellstorff, Drew Gholson, Joel Pigg, Landowners are becoming increasingly aware of the value of water and water quality. Those and others issues will be addressed at the Southern Region Water Conference July 23-25 in College Station, TX. The conference, titled “Improving Adoption of Sustainable Water Management Practices” will focus on optimizing water use efficiency and protecting water quality in the southern United States. Speakers will provide relevant information for all water users, not just agriculture producers. Wednesday’s keynote address will… Read More →

Texas corn off to a good start

By: Adam Russell Contact: Ronnie Schnell, The majority of planted Texas corn acres have emerged amid good soil moisture profiles to start the growing season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Ronnie Schnell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, said the Texas corn crop started late in parts of the state, but growing conditions have planted fields off to a good start. “Plantings were behind schedule two to three weeks in the upper Coastal Bend and Central Texas due… Read More →

Texas A&M-designed irrigation runoff mitigation system patented, available for licensing

By: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Dr. Ben Wherley – Just as temperatures begin to heat up and lawns begin to seemingly beg for water, Texas A&M AgriLife faculty were recognized at a patent award banquet for their irrigation runoff mitigation system. With water waste a growing problem nationwide, an interdisciplinary team of engineers, irrigation researchers and turfgrass experts have spent the past two years designing a solution to conserve strained water supplies in municipal landscapes. Leading the invention were Dr. Ben Wherley, Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass ecologist,… Read More →

2019 Sorghum acres expected to decrease

By: Adam Russell Contact: Calvin Trostle, Sorghum acres are expected to decrease amid excellent growing conditions because of an ongoing trade dispute, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture prospective plantings report estimated 1.35 million grain sorghum acres to be planted in Texas in 2019. Texas sorghum producers planted 1.55 million acres in 2018 following a USDA projection of 1.6 million acres for the state. Trostle said the 13 percent projected decrease is… Read More →

TAMU Turfgrass team displays research to USGA

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Ben Wherley, The Texas A&M Turfgrass Science team recently hosted members of the United States Golf Association Green Section’s research committee at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Center for Lawn and Garden Research. During the visit, faculty and grad students from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences provided updates on several multi-year research projects that are currently being funded by the USGA Green Section. Drs. Ben Wherley and Kevin McInnes, respectively Associate Professor and Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop… Read More →

Texas A&M corn breeder is taking Texas Whiskey to Capitol Hill

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Seth Murray – Dr. Seth Murray recently conducted a whiskey tasting on Capitol Hill to help educate legislators on the importance of public agriculture research. Murray’s presentation was part of the Hill Lunch-N-Learn seminar series sponsored by the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (C-FAR). More than 100 Congressional staff members had the opportunity to taste three Texas whiskeys as Murray, Associate Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and Butler Chair for Corn Breeding and Genetics at… Read More →

Soil and Crop Sciences Graduate Organization

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Mark McDonald – Students supporting other students As a new slate of officers is sworn in for the Soil and Crop Sciences Graduate Organization (SCGO), it is a good time to look back at the students who organized and led the group through its formative years. After conducting the first Plant Breeding Symposium, a graduate student planned and run event, a group of plant breeding students commiserated on some of the difficulties of graduate school. How nice it would be, they thought,… Read More →

Two new wheat varieties announced by Texas A&M AgriLife

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, Dr. Richard Vierling, 940-552-9941, AMARILLO – Two new wheat varieties have been announced by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the TAM Wheat Improvement Program, according to Dr. Jackie Rudd, AgriLife Research wheat breeder at Amarillo. “We are excited to release these two new varieties that will complement the TAM lineup already being grown throughout much of Texas and the Southern High Plains of the U.S.,” Rudd said. “Both are well-suited to battle against our environmental challenges… Read More →

Pigg new coordinator of Texas Well Owner Network program

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Joel Pigg, 979-845-1461, Dr. Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, David “Joel” Pigg is combining his Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and water conservation district experiences in his new position as the Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, coordinator. Pigg began his new position April 15, and is located in the Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department at College Station. The TWON program,, provides private water well screenings and wellhead protection educational trainings to private water well managers. “I’m very excited to… Read More →

Texas A&M releases new corn lines for use in commercial hybrids

By: Kay Ledbetter Texas corn producers will have hybrids better suited to the state’s longer growing season and multiple stresses in the future after a Texas A&M AgriLife team from across the state released five new lines bred specifically for that purpose. “These are the first lines tested, selected and released for commercial corn hybrid production in central and south Texas in over 20 years,” said Dr. Seth Murray, Eugene Butler Endowed Chair at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder in College Station. “They… Read More →