Author Archives: Li Zhang

Texas A&M’s Stelly recognized as ICAC Cotton Researcher of the Year

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. David Baltensperger, 979-845-3041, dbaltensperger@tamu.edu Dr. David Stelly, 979-845-2745, stelly@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. David Stelly has been named the Cotton Researcher of the Year by the International Cotton Advisory Committee, known as ICAC. Since being formed in 1938, ICAC’s global role has been to raise awareness of emerging issues, provide information relevant to the solving of problems and to foster cooperation in the achievement of common objectives. Stelly’s research is leading to advances in multiple scientific and applied disciplines of cotton,… Read More →

May 17 field day to highlight wheat research impact on food supply

Improvements equal to 3 billion-plus loaves of bread annually Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – At least 3 billion loaves of bread in the Texas Panhandle alone every year – that’s the difference Texas A&M AgriLife Research is making, according to hosts of the annual Wheat Field Day. Wheat research, and the difference it makes in the food supply chain, will be highlighted during the annual field day May 17 at the Texas A&M AgriLife facilities near Bushland. “This year we… Read More →

Texas A&M, ScottsMiracle-Gro to host May 3 grand opening of research facility

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Richard White, 979-845-1550, rh-white@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The grand opening of the ScottsMiracle-Gro Lawn and Garden Research Facility, located on Texas A&M University property at 3100 F&B Road in College Station, has been set for May 3. The new facility is part of a long-term agreement among ScottsMiracle-Gro, Texas A&M AgriLife and the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The general public is welcome to attend. In addition to the speaker portion… Read More →

More than just cotton

Conservation cropping systems, crop rotation focus of Rolling Plains study Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Curtis Adams, 940-552-9941, Curtis.Adams@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Paul DeLaune, 940-552-9941, pbdelaune@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – Conservation practices are a growing part of cropping systems in the Rolling Plains, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists who are helping producers look at the big picture, instead of just crop to crop. Dr. Curtis Adams, cropping systems agronomist, and Dr. Paul DeLaune, environmental soil scientist, both with AgriLife Research in Vernon, are working jointly to research where… Read More →

SCGO Profit-Share Fundraiser Thursday, March 30, 2017

B.B. Singh honored by the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Dr. Bir Bahadur Singh (BB) was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) and presented with a Certifcate and a Rossette Pin during its Annual Meeting at Boston MA on Feb.18, 2016. This Award was in recognition of his research work on breeding short duration varieties of pigeon pea, soybean and cowpea which fit as niche crops in the cereal-based cropping systems and enhance the system’s sustainability, ensure efficient use of farmers’ land, water and labor resources and contribute to balanced food… Read More →

New wheat streak mosaic virus resistance genetic markers developed

Advancement made in battle of major disease in the Great Plains Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, SLiu@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Chor Tee Tan, 806-677-5600, chor_tee.tan@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The Wsm2 gene is located on chromosome 3BS in wheat and most recently eight tightly linked flanking markers have been identified and mapped. To most, that means very little. To Texas A&M AgriLife Research geneticists and breeders, it’s the key to battling one of the most important biotic stresses affecting wheat. Dr. Shuyu Liu, AgriLife Research small grains… Read More →

Public wheat breeder consortium to be developed by USDA grant

Goal to make dramatic improvements to wheat yields Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, Shuyu.liu@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Texas A&M AgriLife Research’s wheat genetic and breeding programs will have genes in play when a multi-state, multi-agency project establishes a nationally coordinated consortium to advance wheat yields. The Wheat Coordinated Agricultural Project, titled “Validation, characterization and deployment of QTL for grain yield components in wheat,” is a five-year project jointly funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and International Wheat Yield… Read More →

Baltensperger receives Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award from TPPA

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu BRYAN – Dr. David Baltensperger, head of the department of soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, has received the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Plant Protection Association. Baltensperger received the award for contributions to the association and to Texas agriculture. The award was given at the association’s annual conference held recently at the Brazos Center  in Bryan Dr. Ronnie Schnell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cropping systems specialist, College Station, received the academic/agency award, while… Read More →

Winter wheat management critical to spring production

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The wheat may be planted, but there’s still a lot of work to do to maximize production, whether for forage, grain or both, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Amarillo. Managing irrigation, in-season fertility, diseases and weeds will be critical for wheat producers who already face low crop prices and a predicted dry spring, Bell said. Wheat conditions across the Texas High Plains are variable going into the winter. “There… Read More →