Author Archives: Beth Luedeker

Soil and Crop Sciences students seek to impact global food security

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Karina Morales, Tackling global agriculture/food security issues is one of the primary goals of an advanced agriculture education. Karina Morales, a soil and crop sciences doctoral student under Dr. Michael Thompson, may have the opportunity to make an noticeable impact as she works toward her degree. At the U.S. Borluag Summer Institute for Global Food Security, Morales and her team, “Team Bangladesh”, had the winning proposal in the mock USAID grant funding project. This earned the students a trip to the World… Read More →

Maeda joins AgriLife Extension cotton program in Lubbock

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Murilo Maeda, 806-746-6101, Dr. Murilo Maeda is returning to his roots when he trades the Texas coast for the South Plains to take the position as Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cotton specialist in Lubbock, effective Oct. 1. “My family’s roots run deep into the cotton industry, and I would like to contribute to its improvement,” Maeda said, as he leaves his position as a Texas A&M AgriLife Research assistant research scientist in Corpus Christi. “Working out of the Corpus… Read More →

Texas A&M Soil and Crop Science Department Head named to USDA Advisory Board

Dr. David Baltensperger, head of the department of soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, has been named by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board. Baltensperger is one of 10 members named to the Advisory Board. The members will help ensure that the work at the U.S. Department of Agriculture is facts-based, data-driven and customer-focused, Perdue said in the announcement. The board regularly advises the Secretary and land-grant colleges and universities on top… Read More →

National team to use $5.7 million USDA award to address annual bluegrass epidemic in turfgrass

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Photos: Beth Ann Luedeker, COLLEGE STATION – The most widely grown irrigated crop in the U.S. – turfgrass – is being threatened, and Texas A&M AgriLife is leading a project to find solutions. Annual bluegrass, known as Poa annua, is the most troublesome weed of turf systems, according to a recent Weed Science Society of America survey, and this weed has grown to epidemic proportions, causing severe economic losses. Texas A&M AgriLife is joining scientists across the nation to address the threat… Read More →

Two Soil & Crop Sciences Faculty named Fellows at CSSA, ASA

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Amir Ibrahim, 979-845-8274, Dr. Seth Murray, 979-845-3041, Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists were honored for their professional achievements with the title of Fellow by the Crop Sciences Society of America, or CSSA, and the American Society of Agronomy, or ASA, during the annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The two honored were Dr. Amir Ibrahim, one of 14 Fellows named this year by ASA, and Dr. Seth Murray, one of nine named Fellow by CSSA. The designation of Fellow… Read More →

Texas A&M leads $5.7 million research project to attack annual bluegrass

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, 979-845-5375, The most widely grown irrigated crop in the U.S. – turfgrass – is being threatened by annual bluegrass, and Texas A&M AgriLife is leading a project to find solutions. Texas A&M AgriLife is joining scientists across the nation to address the threat through a project called Research and Extension to Address Herbicide-Resistance Epidemic in Annual Bluegrass in Managed Turf Systems. A team of 16 university scientists will be involved in the four-year, $5.7 million project to limit… Read More →

Drought, late summer rains among challenges for Texas cotton growers

By: Adam Russell Drought and untimely late-summer rains likely will mean a subpar 2018 growing season for many Texas cotton producers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.  Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension statewide cotton specialist, College Station, said Texas cotton producers dealt with a myriad of challenges in 2018, including cool spring temperatures, summer drought and late-summer rains.  Three cold fronts early in the season put cotton fields behind and caused some poor emergence and considerable replanting, Morgan said. But summer sun and high temperatures… Read More →

More mature cover crops help retain moisture longer

By: Kay Ledbetter Often producers planting cover crops are worried about moisture use, but more important is the longevity of the crop residue and its beneficial results, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Dr. Paul DeLaune, an AgriLife Research environmental soil scientist at Vernon, said when he talks about the residue management of cover crops, one question he always gets concerns termination timing and the use of soil moisture by the cover crop. Cover crops are designed to keep soil from blowing and improve soil quality. DeLaune… Read More →

Lawn diseases plague Texas due to weather

By: Gabe Saldana Cases of the turfgrass disease commonly identified as brown patch — more likely large patch in most warm-season turfgrasses — spiked during a cool September that broke rainfall records across parts of the state, according to specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Large patch and brown patch are caused by different groups of Rhizoctonia solani, a fungal pathogen, said Dr. Becky Grubbs, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist in College Station. The group associated with brown patch in cool-season grasses follows a different life cycle… Read More →

Emi Kimura named AgriLife Extension state peanut specialist

By: Kay Ledbetter Dr. Emi Kimura has been named the state peanut specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Kimura joined AgriLife Extension in 2015 as an agronomist serving the Rolling Plains and surrounding areas from the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center south of Vernon. Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension program leader and Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head in College Station, said Kimura will continue a long-standing tradition of having the state peanut specialist based in Vernon. When the Vernon agronomist… Read More →