2016 Soil and Crop Sciences Departmental Harvest Festival

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

Dr. Jake Mowrer, AgriLife Extension; Ryan Collett, Stiles Farm; and Nathan Haile, NRCS conducted the meeting.

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 →

Statewide AgriLife Extension weed specialist retires after 27 years

Paul Baumann

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Paul Baumann, p-baumann@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Weed problems in crops have been the focus of Dr. Paul Baumann for more than 27 years. But as of Aug. 31, he’ll be turning his interests to retirement. Baumann, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state weed specialist in College Station, joined AgriLife Extension in 1989 and has devoted his career to addressing and solving weed management and environmental issues facing the agency’s stakeholders. Baumann worked eight years in the private sector before coming… Read More →

Smart Growth Workshop to be held Sept. 20 in Seguin

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Ward Ling, 979-845-6980, wling@tamu.edu SEGUIN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority will present the Smart Growth Workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Irma Lewis Seguin Outdoor Learning Center, 1865 U.S. Highway 90 E. in Seguin. The workshop is free and will include in-class presentations and outdoor demonstrations. Lunch will be provided at no cost, but attendees must register to reserve a seat. Topics will include discussion on the linkage between land-use types, water quality… Read More →

Fall armyworms are on the march


Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Fall armyworms are on the march in parts of Texas. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agents in a few of the agency’s districts have reported increased armyworm activity in hayfields and pastures over the past few weeks. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist in Overton, said producers should expect an increase in armyworm numbers following recent rains and cooler temperatures in areas of the state. “I was getting calls about them before the rain,” she… Read More →

Plan ahead for fall and winter forages

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Mid- and late August is a good time for producers to plan ahead for winter forages, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension forage specialist in Overton. Since most fall, winter and spring forages perform best when planted in late September through early October, producers should now be choosing forages, pricing, purchasing or reserving seed in preparation of when and where to plant. “Waiting until the last minute can be problematic,” she said. “If you… Read More →

Texas wheat variety ‘Picks’ for High Plains, Rolling Plains released


Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Emi Kimura, 940-552-9941 ext. 233, emi.kimura@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Clark Neely, 979-862-1412, cbneely@tamu.edu AMARILLO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has released its “Picks” of annual grain wheat varieties for the 2016-2017 cropping season in the High Plains and Rolling Plains. Dr. Jourdan Bell, Dr. Calvin Trostle and Dr. Emi Kimura, AgriLife Extension agronomists from Amarillo, Lubbock and Vernon, respectively, along with statewide small grains and oilseed specialist Dr. Clark Neely, compiled… Read More →

Dr. Paul Baumann’s Retirement


Please join us at the Wellborn Community Center Saturday, September 10, 2016 – 6:30 pm as we reminisce and give Paul a proper Roasting! RSVP by September 6, 2016 Click here to purchase TICKETS If you’d like to write a check towards the gift, please make it payable to Debbie Sutherland at: Department of Soil & Crop Sciences, 2474 TAMU, 370 Olsen Blvd., College Station, TX 77843 We are collecting letters to put in a book for Paul. You may send them to the above address. Questions: contact… Read More →

Water well owner training set for Sept. 8 in Henderson


Contact: Drew Gholson, 979-845-1461, dgholson@tamu.edu HENDERSON — Anyone interested in private water well management is invited to a Texas Well Owner Network training Sept. 8 in Henderson. The training, which is free and open to the public, will be from 1- 5 p.m. at the meeting room for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Rusk County, 115 E. Fordall. “The TWON program is for Texas residents who depend on household wells for their water needs, so they can learn about improving and protecting their community water… 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 →