Category Archives: Soil

The Texas A&M University Soil Judging Team won the Region IV, collegiate soil judging contest

The Texas A&M Soil Judging Team won the soil judging contest in Ruidoso, New Mexico, in early October. They were the overall winners, and won the Team Judging event for soil. Four of the five team members finished in the top ten, with the fifth only two places out. Sam Shroyer led the team, finishing as the 4th high indidivual, followed closely by Nicole Shigley – 5th high, Kacie Wynn – 7th high, Michael Bartmass – 10th high, and Rory Tucker – 12th high. Coach Cristine Morgan is… Read More →

Wheat producers advised to take advantage of existing soil nitrogen

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Jake Mowrer, COLLEGE STATION – As producers across the state are planting winter wheat, it is important they consider crediting soil nitrogen in their management plans, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Jake Mowrer, AgriLife Extension state soil fertility specialist in College Station, said producers can save money in fertilizer costs by taking advantage of existing soil nitrogen and still make expected yield goals. Each year producers must determine what and how much nitrogen they will… Read More →

Extension and NRCS join together with Blacklands farmers to discuss conservation tillage

Story and photos by Beth Ann Luedeker Texas AgriLife Extension, NRCS and producers from the Blacklands region came together September 8 at Oscar Store southeast of Temple to discuss conservation tillage practices and to open the door for more on-farm research trials in the state. Dr. Jake Mowrer, AgriLife Extension specialist in Soil Nutrient & Water Resource Management, Nathan Haile of NRCS, Ryan Collett, manager of the Stiles Farm Foundation, and Lyle Zoeller, AgriLife Extension Agent for Bell County organized the meeting. “Dr. Paul DeLaune has done a… Read More →

2nd Global Soil Security Symposium

2nd Global Soil Security Symposium Science-Society Interfaces for Global Soil Security The 2nd Global Soil Security Symposium aims to demonstrate that soil is a highly used and crucial resource, and is an indispensable partner to meeting sustainable development goals. Linking partners in business, practitioners, policy makers, and researchers on soil security through management practices, business solutions, and scientific outcomes and international initiatives that enhance protection and sustainable management of resources. We invite YOU to learn and share your experiences in land management, business , policy and local practice…. Read More →

2016 Texas A&M Soils Critique

Dr. Katie Lewis hosted the 2016 Texas A&M Soils Critique at the Lubbock Research and Extension Center on June 14-15. Over 20 Soil Scientists and Agronomists from Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension, Texas Tech University, and NRCS attended along with several graduate and undergraduate students. The Texas A&M Soils Critique is held annually to discuss ongoing Soil Science research, extension, and teaching programs and to develop strategies for addressing societal challenges related to the long-term sustainability of soil and the environment through informed and wise stewardship of… Read More →