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

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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

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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

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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

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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 →

Leader in Texas A&M AgriLife plant breeding process dies

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. John Sweeten, 806-677-5600, j-sweeten@tamu.edu VERNON – Texas A&M AgriLife Research lost a tremendous asset July 27 when Steve Brown, Texas Foundation Seed Service program director in Vernon, was killed in a car accident. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Sullivan Funeral Home, 1801 Houston St. in Vernon. Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. July 29 in the chapel of the funeral home. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. July 30 in First Baptist Church at 2003 Fannin St.  Burial… Read More →

Texas Well Owner Network teaming up with Healthy South Texas

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Collaboration to focus on well water screening in Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, Starr and Webb counties Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, Dboellstorff@tamu.edu John Smith, 979-845-2761, johnwsmith@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — The Texas Well Owner Network will present water well screenings in August for Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, Starr and Webb counties to give residents the opportunity to have their well water screened. The screenings are presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in these counties in collaboration with the Texas Water Resources Instituteand… Read More →

Dr. B.B. Singh received a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Distinguished Mentor from G.B. Pant University in India

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Dr. B.B. Singh, a visiting professor in the Soil and Crop Sciences Department at Texas A&M University, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Distinguished Mentor from the Pantnagar Clan, a global network of alumni from Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, India. G.B. Pant University was the first college in India to be patterned after the United States land grant system. Dr. Singh was a member of the first batch of students to graduate from that university, earning his B.Sc. degree in… Read More →

ASA CSSA Awards

Several Soil and Crop Sciences faculty members have been selected to receive awards at the Agronomy Society of America and Crop Science Society of America annual meetings in the fall. Dr. Jane Dever has been named as an ASA Fellow, the highest award bestowed by the Society.  Dr. Dever specializes in cotton breeding, conducting her research at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Lubbock.  One of the primary goals in her research program is to use classical breeding to incorporate native traits into cultivars for… Read More →

AgriLife Research remote sensing technology aims to solve critical crop diseases

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Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Alex Thomasson, 979-458-3598, thomasson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Sensor technology could possibly solve many challenges of crop production,  and Texas A&M AgriLife Research faculty are aggressively attempting to find new solutions. Dr. Alex Thomasson, an AgriLife Research biological and agricultural engineer, and Dr. Seth Murray, AgriLife Research corn breeder, both in College Station, and others are working jointly on several projects. One project, an unmanned ground phenotyping system, provides data that can be used to aid decisions in breeding and production agriculture… Read More →