Jan 26 Water quality training in Brenham to focus on Mill Creek watershed

Contacts: Michael Kuitu, 979-862-4457, mkuitu@tamu.edu Kara Matheney, 979-277-6212, kjmatheney@ag.tamu.edu Jennifer Cary, 979-862-8070, millcreek@tamu.edu BRENHAM – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality and management related to the Mill Creek watershed will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. January 26. The workshop will be held in the Washington County Fairgrounds Sales Facility, located at 1385 Old Independence Rd in Brenham. It will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. “This workshop is designed to assist… Read More →

January 17 water quality training will focus on Cedar Bayou watershed

Contacts: Tyler Fitzgerald, 409-374-2123, tsfitzgerald@ag.tamu.edu Justin Bower, 713-499-6653, justin.bower@h-gac.com Michael Kuitu, 979-862-4457, mkuitu@tamu.edu MONT BELVIEU – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to the Cedar Bayou watershed will be held from 1-5 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Don McLeod Recreation Center, 10717 Langston Drive in Mont Belvieu. The workshop is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in cooperation with the Houston-Galveston Area Council. “This workshop is designed to assist watershed residents improve and protect their… Read More →

Healthy lawns make for healthy waters

By: Claire Corley What if understanding the soil and grass in residential lawns could help with water quality and reducing runoff? The Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program is doing just that by helping Texas homeowners make better management decisions that will have a lasting impact on watersheds. The educational training program, developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and the Texas Water Resources Institute, focuses on management decisions such as the type of turf best suited for the… Read More →

Many producers aren’t seeing it….. It’s all about what’s Underground

By: Tony Provin, Professor and Extension Soil Chemist and Ronnie Schnell, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist-Cropping Systems The era of remote sensing, aerial drones, satellite imaging and GPS/GIS has most producers focusing on the visible issues present in their fields.  The Soil Health movement is attempting to increase the awareness of the functions of soil and how to enhance or maintain our nation’s most critical natural resource.  Whether it’s Texas or the central corn-belt, the root of most problems (pun intended) is actually roots, or lack of.  The… 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 →

Organic grain, soybean study establishes early production recommendations

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Nithya Rajan, 979-845-0360, nrajan@tamu.edu Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, 979-845-5375, muthu@tamu.edu Dr. Ronnie Schnell, 979-845-2935, ronschnell@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – After one year of studying organic grain and soybean cropping systems, Texas A&M AgriLife scientists say they know more about what not to do moving forward. Three Texas A&M researchers are using a $475,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to study organic grain and soybean cropping systems over a three-year period. The project leaders are Dr. Nithya Rajan,… 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 →

Latest crop improvement technology coming to Texas A&M AgriLife

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Charlie Johnson, 979-862-3287, Charlie@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Michael Thomson, 979-845-7526, m.thomson@tamu.edu Marco Molina, 979-458-1410, marco.molina@tamu.edu Mayra Molina, 979-458-1410, mayrafmolina@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife Research is investing in the future of rapid crop design with improved traits through the deployment of two new labs and a half-million dollar seed grant program to jump-start the process. “We are pleased to announce a new funding opportunity that focuses on building a pipeline for genome editing in agriculturally important crops in Texas and beyond,” said… Read More →

Fritjof Capra to present Kavli Science at Carnegie

Advancing Leadership in Science & Technology MEDIA RELEASE Contact: Lynda West, Project Manager Monday, 13 November 2017 Council of Scientific Society Presidents 254-776-3550, Ext. 3 lyndaw@sgmeet.com Best-Selling Author of The Tao of Physics, Fritjof Capra, to speak at Carnegie Washington, D.C. – Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., best-selling author whose work includes The Tao of Physics, will present the Fred Kavli Science at the Frontiers Lecture on Monday evening, 4 December 2017, at the Carnegie Institution for Science. His talk, entitled The Systems View of Life: A Science for Sustainable… 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 →