Author Archives: Beth Luedeker

Texas A&M AgriLife researchers push drones to ‘read the weeds’

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, 979-845-5375, muthu@tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION – Even barely poking through the ground, weeds are distinctive. Determining the right tools for early identification and control are the goals of an ongoing Texas A&M AgriLife Research project. Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, AgriLife Research weed scientist in College Station, is using unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, to “read the weeds.” “Our goal is to use advanced sensor technology to detect weeds from above the ground and implement precision weed management,” Bagavathiannan said. The… Read More →

Managing livestock and wildlife, Hunting leases and Fence law to be discussed at Hill Country Land Stewardship Conference in Kerrville

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu KERRVILLE – “Tools for the Trade” is the theme and exactly what will be offered at the fifth annual Hill Country Land Stewardship Conference hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service April 26-27 in Kerrville, according to the program coordinator. The annual event will feature speakers on everything from grazing to prescribed fire, herbicide control to hunting leases, and legal issues to consider while managing a ranch, said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension program leader and… Read More →

Water conservation and livestock watering options to be discussed at Bennett Trust Land Stewardship Conference in San Angelo

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Josh Blanek, 325-659-6523, j-blanek@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO — The Texas Water Development Board reports San Angelo’s average annual rainfall as 21.3 inches; that’s 13.27 gallons per square foot a year or 578,037 gallons per acre. How to make the most of that water, not only to grow forage but also to water livestock and wildlife in a semi-arid climate, will be among several topics discussed May 3-4 during the Bennett Trust Land Stewardship Conference in San Angelo’s McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho… Read More →

Texas A&M Wheat Improvement Program finds spotlight in Washington

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Amir Ibrahim, 979-845-8274, aibrahim@tamu.edu Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu WASHINGTON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Wheat Improvement Program was the only university-led wheat program highlighted at a National Wheat Foundation event Feb. 8 in Washington, D.C. To educate members of Congress and their staff on just how expansive and important the entire wheat value chain is to the economy and U.S. food supply, the National Wheat Foundation hosted Wheat 102, a wheat industry educational event. Phil McLain, foundation board chairman, said their… Read More →

First Bennet Land Stewardship Conference in San Angelo

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Josh Blanek, 432-266-0677, j-blanek@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – Organizers urge those with a passion for proper land management of the Edwards Plateau region to mark their calendars May 3-4 for the Bennett Trust Land Stewardship Conference at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive in San Angelo. “A similar conference is held each spring in Kerrville, but this is the first time we’ve hosted one here in San Angelo,” said Josh Blanek, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for agriculture and natural… Read More →

Ranch Management University to be held in April

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Ranchers wanting to brush up on or learn the fundamentals of soils and soil fertility, forage establishment, pasture management and utilization by livestock can attend the spring Ranch Management University April 2-6 in College Station. The Ranch Management University is an intensive five-day event targeting new ranchers and landowners, said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program leader, College Station. Ranch Management… Read More →

Dr. Bill Rooney appointed to Texas A&M’s Borlaug-Monsanto Chair for Plant Breeding

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bill Rooney, 979-845-2151, wlr@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Bill Rooney, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research sorghum breeder in the Texas A&M department of soil and crop sciences in College Station, has been appointed as the first holder of the Borlaug-Monsanto Chair for Plant Breeding and International Crop Improvement. Texas A&M and Monsanto created the chair in honor of Dr. Norman Borlaug, who won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in plant breeding. Funding for the chair comes from a… Read More →

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 →