Category Archives: Ag Technology

Engineered cotton uses weed-killing herbicide as nutrient

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677- 5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Keerti Rathore, 979-862-4795, rathore@tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION – A newly developed fertilizer system will provide nutrition to engineered cotton crops worldwide and a deadly dose to weeds that are increasingly herbicide resistant, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. The new system applies phosphite to cotton crops engineered to express a certain gene — a gene that makes cotton able to process the phosphite into nutrition while the same compound suppresses weeds that are unable to use it, researchers said…. Read More →

Soil and Crop Science Faculty on X-Grants teams

Written by: Beth Ann Luedeker   Part of President Michael Young’s excellence program, X-Grants is an interdisciplinary program intended to find creative solutions to some of the most important challenges facing the global society. Several projects selected to receive X-Grants funding include Soil and Crop Sciences faculty. “CRISPER Gene Editing for Healthier Foods and Crop Resistance” is led by Dr. Michael Thomson; “Multi-functional and Sustainable Materials for 3-D Printing Environmentally Adaptive Resilient Buildings” is led by Dr. Paul Schwab; and Dr. Cristine Morgan is involved with “Monitoring Rapidly… Read More →

Yaupon control discussed at 32nd Annual O.D. Butler Forage Field Day

Story and Photos by : Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Vanessa Corriher-Olson  vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu   Landowners fight a constant battle against invasive species of plants. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Soil and Crop Sciences professor and AgriLife Extension forage specialist from Overton provided several control options for yaupon during the 32nd Annual O.D. Butler Forage Field Day and Camp Cooley Ranch. Yaupon can be controlled mechanically or chemically, Olson told attendees. During her presentation Charles Fuchs with CF Mulching Services of Easterly demonstrated yaupon removal using a mulching machine. “Mechanical control gives… Read More →

Spring Ranch Management University benefits landowners

Story and Photographs By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon – l-redmon@tamu.edu   There was a full house for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s spring Ranch Management University, held April 2-6 in College Station. The five-day workshop under the direction of Dr. Larry Redmon, Soil and Crop Sciences Associate Department Head for Extension, accepts only 50 participants and usually fills up quickly. New Landowners, potential landowners, landowners looking for a refresher and at least one self-proclaimed “old school” cattleman gathered at the Animal Science complex near the Brazos… Read More →

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 →

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 →

Texas A&M AgriLife Research licenses DALZ 1308 for production

Writer: Gabe Saldana, 956-408-5040, gabe.saldana@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ambika Chandra, 972-952-9218, Ambika.chandra@ag.tamu.edu A first-of-its-kind zoysia grass hybrid promises superior putting green performance and quality while requiring fewer inputs compared to other warm-season turfgrasses on the market, said Dr. Ambika Chandra, Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass breeding program leader in Dallas. The new variety, tested as DALZ 1308, produced average roll distances above 9 feet in industry standard roll-distance research trials. Golf courses now testing the new zoysia report averages of 12 feet — an ideal roll for tournament play… Read More →

AgriLife Extension to offer three TDA-mandated trainings for dicamba-tolerant cotton

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The Texas Department of Agriculture will require special training in 2018 for new auxin herbicides applied under a Section 3 approval on dicamba-tolerant and 2,4-D-tolerant cotton. To meet this requirement, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Amarillo will host three trainings – Jan. 12, Feb. 9 and March 9 – at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd., Amarillo. The programs will each be from 8:30-9:30 a.m. There will… Read More →

Texas Plant Protection Association annual meeting held in Bryan

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Members of the Texas Plant Protection Association held their 29th annual conference at the Brazos Center in Bryan December 6 and 7. The non-profit organization is comprised leaders in agribusiness, agriculture research, extension and education, and agriculture regulatory agencies. Attendees heard presentations on all aspects of agriculture, from ag credit to management technologies to the U.S. Farm Bill and more. “We have been talking about stewardship this year, not only stewardship of the land but also stewardship of the herbicide technology we are working… Read More →

Genetic discovery another tool in battle against wheat pests

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, SLiu@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Greenbug and Hessian fly infestations can significantly reduce wheat yield and quality in Texas and worldwide. Breeding for resistance to these two pests using marker-assisted selection just got a new tool from a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. Because genetics is the most economical strategy to minimize losses, AgriLife Research wheat geneticist Dr. Shuyu Liu began two years ago searching for breeder-friendly markers for those two insects. This step is a continuation of ongoing genetic… Read More →