Marsh named Borlaug Scholar by plant breeders

By: Kay Ledbetter Sarah Marsh, a senior in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University, is one of 12 students recognized by the National Association of Plant Breeders, or NAPB, in the 2019 class of NAPB Borlaug Scholars. “The NAPB Borlaug Scholarship awards are given to exceptional students aspiring to a careers in plant breeding and genetics and who have a strong desire to contribute to the improvement of the plants that we all depend upon for our daily needs,” according to NAPB. This… Read More →

Winter feeding program for beef cattle producers Aug. 16 in Overton

By: Adam Russell Contact: Vanessa Corriher-Olson, VACorriher@ag.tamu.edu Michelle Sensing, 903-834-6191 A program on the reduction of winter feeding by stockpiling warm-season forage and/or planting cool-season pastures is scheduled for Aug. 16 in Overton. The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 N. Farm-to-Market Road 3053. The cost is $60 per person if registered by Aug. 6 and $75 per person if registered by Aug. 14. Fees include lunch and all program materials. Two Texas Department of Agriculture… Read More →

In memory – Dr. Lloyd W. Rooney

Dr. Lloyd Rooney, Professor Emeritus in the department of Soil and Crop Sciences, passed away, surrounded by family, in his home on June 23, 2018. A rosary will be recited at 6:30 followed by visitation until 8pm, Thursday, June 27, 2019 at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Funeral Mass will be at 10am, Friday, June 28, 2019, at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Interment will be at 1:30pm, Friday, June 28, 2019 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers, Bryan-College Station…. Read More →

New mentor program pairs students with scientists

Five students from Texas A&M University, including two from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, have been selected to participate in a new mentoring program sponsored by Bayer Crop Science. Karina Morales and Catherine Danmaigona Clement, both doctoral Plant Breeding students, are part of the initial cohort of this program which pairs graduate students and post-docs with Bayer scientists who serve as mentors for the next year. Morales, who is studying genome editing in rice under the supervision of Dr. Michael Thomson, has been paired with Dr…. Read More →

Genes from wild wheat relative to aid in battle against trio of pests

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, sliu@ag.tamu.edu Wheat curl mite, greenbug and Hessian fly have long been troublemaker pests for Texas wheat, but a team of Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists is ready to go high tech to help control them. Dr. Shuyu Liu, AgriLife Research wheat geneticist in Amarillo, will lead a team to develop hard winter wheat germplasm with resistance to these pests using genes from a wild wheat relative. The research is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and… Read More →

Video series to highlight cotton education and highlight northern Panhandle best management practices

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, Jourdan.Bell@ag.tamu.edu “Cotton and Conservation” is the title of a new series of videos being developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and North Plains Groundwater Conservation District. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, said she is excited about this new partnership that will report on cotton development and irrigation conservation at demonstration sites throughout the water district. “We’ll use the video series to describe the growth stage of the cotton, any insect or disease pressure and report on… Read More →

In Memory – Dr. Dudley T. Smith

June 8, 1940-June 8, 2019 Dudley Templeton Smith, age 79, died June 8, 2019 from Lewy Body Dementia. He was raised on a tobacco and beef cattle farm in Southern Maryland, where he was active in 4-H and FFA crop and livestock projects and received the FFA State Farmer degree. His parents were his first teachers, who instilled a love for learning and self-discovery. From his father, Dudley Smith from Kentucky, a world sugar agronomist and economist, he gained a practical ability to work, launch projects, and think… Read More →

Water conference to address rural and urban water issues

By: Beth Luedeker Contact: Diane Boellstorff, dboellstorff@tamu.edu Drew Gholson, drew.gholson@msstate.edu Joel Pigg, j-pigg@tamu.edu Landowners are becoming increasingly aware of the value of water and water quality. Those and others issues will be addressed at the Southern Region Water Conference July 23-25 in College Station, TX. The conference, titled “Improving Adoption of Sustainable Water Management Practices” will focus on optimizing water use efficiency and protecting water quality in the southern United States. Speakers will provide relevant information for all water users, not just agriculture producers. Wednesday’s keynote address will… Read More →

Texas corn off to a good start

By: Adam Russell Contact: Ronnie Schnell, ronschnell@tamu.edu The majority of planted Texas corn acres have emerged amid good soil moisture profiles to start the growing season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Ronnie Schnell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, said the Texas corn crop started late in parts of the state, but growing conditions have planted fields off to a good start. “Plantings were behind schedule two to three weeks in the upper Coastal Bend and Central Texas due… Read More →

Texas A&M-designed irrigation runoff mitigation system patented, available for licensing

By: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Dr. Ben Wherley – b-wherley@tamu.edu Just as temperatures begin to heat up and lawns begin to seemingly beg for water, Texas A&M AgriLife faculty were recognized at a patent award banquet for their irrigation runoff mitigation system. With water waste a growing problem nationwide, an interdisciplinary team of engineers, irrigation researchers and turfgrass experts have spent the past two years designing a solution to conserve strained water supplies in municipal landscapes. Leading the invention were Dr. Ben Wherley, Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass ecologist,… Read More →