Category Archives: Legumes

Cason named new peanut program leader in Stephenville

By: Kay Ledbetter Contact: John Cason – john.cason@ag.tamu.edu Dr. John Cason has been named Texas A&M AgriLife Research assistant professor for peanut breeding and genetics in Stephenville, where he will supervise the AgriLife Research and Extension Center’s peanut program. Cason holds a doctorate from Texas A&M University in plant breeding, and he brings more than 20 years’ experience in breeding and developing new peanut cultivars. He supervised all phases of greenhouse- and field-level research at the Stephenville center during that time. His research interests focus on development of… Read More →

Importance of Preplant Incorporated and Preemergence Herbicides in Peanut Production

Written by: Emi Kimura, James Grichar, Pete Dotray and Josh McGinty Contact: Dr. Emi Kimura, Emi.Kimura@ag.tamu.edu Best Management Practices (BMPs) for peanut production include effective season-long weed management. Below are four weed management principles in peanut production. Start clean Use residual herbicides Timely postemergence applications Know your weeds Early season weed management is most important, which means weed control later in the season should be easier. Yield losses are minimized when peanuts are free of weed competition for the first 4-6 weeks after planting. There are five critical… Read More →

Texas A&M releases new Ace cowpea

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Gerald Smith, 903-834-6191, gerald.smith@ag.tamu.edu A new forage cowpea variety – Ace – blends a number of desirable characteristics into into a well-rounded option for livestock, wildlife and improved soil health, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert. Ace is a small-seed cowpea cultivar developed for forage and hay production, as a cover crop and as a wildlife supplemental planting, said Dr. Gerald Smith, AgriLife Research plant breeder in Overton. Cowpea is a warm-season, drought-tolerant legume. Diverse varieties are used as… Read More →

Guar producer uses Texas A&M AgriLife support to prompt revisions in NRCS guidelines

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Curtis Adams, 940-552-9941, Curtis.Adams@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – When a Texas Rolling Plains guar producer found himself to be potentially out of compliance with government guidelines, he turned to Texas A&M AgriLife to help get the guidelines updated. Guar has been grown in Texas for more than a century and is becoming more attractive to producers because of its drought tolerance and relatively low water use, said Dr. Curtis Adams, Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop physiologist in Vernon. “Guar… 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 →