Category Archives: Soil

Soil Judging teams wins at Regionals

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Sarah Vaughan: sarahvaughan23@tamu.edu   Dr. Cristine Morgan: clsmorgan@tamu.edu    979-845-3603 The Texas A&M University Soil Judging team came out on top at the Region 4 competition in San Marcos last month, and earned a spot in the national competition to be held at the University of Tennessee at Martin next March. Three members of the team finished among the top ten individuals at the contest. Leading the way for the Aggies was Nicole Shigley, a junior Plant and Environmental Soil Science (PSSC). Nicole was… Read More →

Forensic Soil Science class teaches students about crime scene analysis

Story and Photos By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Jacqui Aitkenhead-Peterson,  jacqui_a-p@tamu.edu Scattered bones found outside the Heep Center this month, were quickly surrounded with crime scene tape to prevent disturbance of the evidence. The “crime scene” was part of an ongoing investigation in the Forensic Soil Science class taught by Dr. Jacqui Aitkenhead-Peterson. Forensic Soil Science (FIVS/SCSC 401) teaches soil science applicable to forensic science.  Students learn to assess soil color, particle size analyses, particle shapes and size, the natural assemblages of soil (physical, biological and chemical)… Read More →

Soil Health – Cover Crop field day held in Williamson County

Writer: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Jake Mowrer – Jake.mowrer@tamu.edu Dr. Clark Neely – cbneely@tamu.edu Dr. Haly Neely – hneely@tamu.edu AgriLife Extension and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service recently teamed up to discuss cover crops and conservation tillage practices with producers in the Blackland region of the state. The group met at the Stiles Foundation Farm, near Thrall, and Unnasch Farms, near Hart, Texas. Robert Unnasch has been practicing conservation tillage for many years. This made the field trip to his farm an excellent way to begin… Read More →

Surface Mine Reclamation Workshop

The 38th annual Surface Mine Reclamation Workshop will be Oct. 4-6 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bryan/ College Station, 3081 University Drive East, Bryan, Texas 77802. PLEASE NOTE: This is a different address than first released – the workshop has moved due to damage sustained by hurricane Harvey Dr. Sam Feagley, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state soil environmental specialist in College Station, will lead the workshop, which is planned by industry reclamation personnel specific to Texas mining conditions related to lignite, uranium, clay and aggregates. Registration for state… Read More →

Cotton, Corn and Soil discussed at 54th Annual Stiles Farm Field Day

More than 100 producers from the Blackland region of Texas gathered at the Stiles Farm in Thrall, Texas, in mid-June for the 54th annual field day. Each year the field day highlights research being done at Stiles Farm as well as innovations in crop and livestock management. Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension State Cotton Specialist, discussed cotton production and new technologies for weed and nutrient management in cotton. “New herbicide technologies are not a silver bullet for weed control,” Morgan stated. “In order to get good… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife partners with Tunisia to improve soil management

By: Kay Ledbetter U.S. Department of State project designed to improve economic viability, security Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Amir Ibrahim, 979-845-8274, aibrahim@tamu.edu Dr. Jake Mowrer, jake.mowrer@tamu.edu Dr. Qingwu Xue, 806-354-5803, qxue@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Anil Somenahally, 903-834-6191, Anil.Somenahally@ag.tamu.edu     Improving the livelihood of small-acreage landholders is the goal of recent trips to Tunisia by Texas A&M AgriLife faculty members focusing on soil management and sustainability in cereal crops to improve the country’s overall economics. Fostered by the U.S. Embassy in Tunis and the U.S. Department of… Read More →

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, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jake Mowrer,  jake.mowrer@tamu.edu 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 →