Author Archives: Beth Luedeker

Study sheds light on nodulation in guar

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Curtis Adams, 940-552-9941, Curtis.Adams@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – Texas A&M AgriLife scientists are conducting several research projects to improve producers’ understanding of guar and the legume’s value to their operations in the Rolling Plains and South Plains. Guar has been grown in Texas for more than a century, but acreage of the crop in the state is relatively low, said Dr. Curtis Adams, Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop physiologist in Vernon, Lack of nodulation on guar roots is one of the producer concerns… Read More →

Ranchers Leasing Workshop scheduled in Cat Spring

Austin, Washington and Fayette County AgriLife Extension offices will be hosting a free Rancher’s Leasing Workshop in Cat Spring, Texas, February 26 from 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Information will be presented regarding negotiating and drafting hunting, grazing and livestock leases, including information regarding lease rates and liability. Attendees will be able to interact with agriculture attorneys and economists. The workshop will be held at the Cat Spring Ag Hall, 13035 Hall Rd. Please RSVP to allow a headcount for the lunch sponsored by Ag Workers Insurance. RSVP… Read More →

Hit the Target website is a tool for producers on both sides of auxin training

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Scott Nolte, 979-845-4880, scott.nolte@tamu.edu Dr. Bob Coulson, 979-845-9725, r-coulson@tamu.edu While cotton and soybean producers across Texas are getting the do’s and don’ts for applying new chemical formulations to their crop, the education is being extended to producers with sensitive or susceptible crops to protect their investments. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel have more than 70 meetings planned to train producers on working with the new auxin herbicide technology in cotton and soybeans as a part of label requirements, said Dr…. Read More →

Viability of lentil, wheat rotation studied for Rolling Plains

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Emi Kimura, 940-552-9941 ext. 233, emi.kimura@ag.tamu.edu Winter lentils may be just what the doctor ordered to perk up the Rolling Plains wheat crop. That doctor is Dr. Emi Kimura, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Vernon. Lentils are legumes that grow in pods on a bushy plant, and as legumes, they are high in nitrogen, which would benefit the following wheat crop, Kimura said. She has initiated a winter lentil-winter wheat crop rotation trial with funding provided by Texas… Read More →

Ramirez recognized with AgriLife Extension Superior Service award

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Jonathan Ramirez, 940-552-9941, ext. 249, JHRamirez@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Jonathan Ramirez, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service associate at Vernon, has been recognized with a Superior Service award in program support by the agency. The annual Superior Service awards, presented Jan. 9 in Bryan, recognize AgriLife Extension personnel who provide outstanding performance in education or other outstanding service to the organization and Texans. Ramirez joined AgriLife Extension in 2011. His nomination cited his organization of numerous agency activities, including 74 applied research… Read More →

Hathcoat recognized with AgriLife Extension Superior Service award

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Daniel Hathcoat, 979-862-4365, dhathcoat@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Daniel Hathcoat, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small grains and oilseeds program specialist in College Station, has been recognized with a Superior Service award in the program specialist, manager or coordinator category by the agency. The annual Superior Service awards, presented Jan. 9 in Bryan, recognize AgriLife Extension personnel who provide outstanding performance in education or other outstanding service to the organization and Texans. Hathcoat’s nomination cited his work in obtaining and preparing seed for… Read More →

Smith honored with AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s administration award

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Wayne Smith, 979-845-3450, cwsmith@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Wayne Smith, Texas A&M University department of soil and crop sciences graduate coordinator, associate department head and cotton breeder, was honored with the Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in the Administration category. The Vice Chancellor awards program was established in 1980 to recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife. Smith was presented his award Jan. 9 in College Station. Smith has contributed to… Read More →

Jessup honored with Texas A&M Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Kirk Jessup, 806-354-5817, kirk.jessup@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Kirk Jessup, Texas A&M AgriLife Research senior research associate in Amarillo, has been awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award of Excellence for technical and programmatic staff. The Vice Chancellor awards program was established in 1980 to recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife. Since 2010, Jessup has provided technical support and leadership to the crop stress physiology research program, said his supervisor Dr. Qingwu Xue, AgriLife Research crop stress… Read More →

Xue honored with AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow award

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Qingwu Xue, 806-354-5803, QXue@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Qingwu Xue, Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop stress physiologist in Amarillo, was honored with the agency’s Faculty Fellow award Jan. 9 in College Station. AgriLife Research established the Faculty Fellow program in 1998 to acknowledge and reward exceptional research faculty within the agency. The Faculty Fellow title becomes a permanent part of the individual’s title. “Dr. Xue’s peers respect him as a capable scientist, a valuable team player and a ‘people person,’” said Dr. Brent Auvermann,… Read More →

Cotton Variety Trial Results posted in south, east and central Texas

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Gaylon Morgan, 979-845-2425, gdmorgan@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The 2017 Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluation or RACE trial results from South, East and Central Texas are in and give producers a look at how the latest transgenic varieties performed across the state, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “Our data show transgenic varieties accounted for 99 percent of the state cotton acreage in 2017,” said Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist in College Station. “Texas has been at… Read More →