AgriLife Extension hires new small grains specialist

By: Kay Ledbetter The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has hired Fernando Guillen, Ph.D., as the new statewide small grains and oilseed crops specialist in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University. He officially started March 1. “Dr. Guillen brings a wealth of agronomic experience to AgriLife Extension’s small grains program, and we are excited to have him joining our department and extension unit,” said Larry Redmon, Ph.D., associate department head and AgriLife Extension program leader for the department. Guillen brings experience Coming to… Read More →

Aggie professor helps law enforcement find answers in the soil

We have seen them on TV, the crime scene investigators who sift through the minutia to help law enforcement personnel determine what took place. Dr. Jacqui Aitkenhead-Peterson fills this role for those in Texas law enforcement looking for soil-borne answers. An Associate Professor in the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Peterson’s research focuses on nutrients in soil and water in human dominated ecosystems. Her research projects include urban irrigation run-off; extractable soil nutrients under tillage and cropping treatments; and investigation of carbon and nutrients… Read More →

Conservation and sustainable agriculture highlighted at field tour

by Beth Ann Luedeker Conservation and sustainable agriculture practices aim to address our world’s need for food and fiber products with minimal impact on the soil and available water resources. Farmers who implement these practices may qualify for federal funding if certain standards are met. The standards are set by the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), based on land grant university research, and disseminated to producers through the NRCS and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension efforts. To help facilitate the communication between these groups, Jake Mowrer, Ph.D., held a… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife researcher Bagavathiannan receives weed science society Early Career Outstanding Scientist Award

By: Kay Ledbetter Texas A&M AgriLife researcher Muthukumar Bagavathiannan, Ph.D., was honored with the Early Career Outstanding Scientist Award by the Weed Science Society of America, WSSA, recently at the society’s annual meeting in Maui, Hawaii. WSSA is the premier weed science society in the U.S. and this is the highest recognition for an early career scientist by the society. The early career award is presented to scientists within the first 10 years of their career past their doctorate who have demonstrated originality and creativity and who have… Read More →

Straw joins Department of Soil and Crop Sciences faculty at Texas A&M University

Dr. Chase Straw has joined Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences turfgrass program. He will be assuming the duties of retired professor Richard White in a tenure track position which is 30% teaching and 70% research. Straw comes to College Station from St. Paul, Minnesota, where he held a postdoctoral position in the University of Minnesota Department of Horticulture. A native of Frankfort, Kentucky, Straw earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Plant and… Read More →

Graduate student earns trip to the nation’s capital

Rahul Raman, a doctoral student under Dr. Nithya Rajan, has been selected as one of 18 graduate students nationwide to receive the 2020 Future Leaders in Science Award. The award will be formally presented March 2, 2020, in Washington D.C.. The award includes a trip to participate in the annual Congressional Visits Day, hosted by the Agronomy Society of America (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), on March 3. During the visit, the participants will meet with members of Congress… Read More →

Soil and Crop Sciences faculty mentor Borlaug Fellows from Egypt

Researchers from Egypt spent several months in Texas last fall working with faculty from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University as part of the Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. Dr. Samir Mohamed worked with Dr. Jake Mowrer; and Anas Mohamed Safaa Al-Din Sharshar teamed up with Dr. Amir Ibrahim. Samir is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Microbiology at Minia University, Minia, Egypt, with a focus on soil/plant/microbe/environment interactions. Several of his current projects investigate the effects of… Read More →

New app development could aid crop irrigation management

By: Kay Ledbetter Texas A&M AgriLife is developing an inexpensive and easy-to-use mobile app and irrigation management system to help agricultural producers increase water-use efficiency and continue producing cotton. The new project is funded by the Texas A&M Water Seed Grant Initiative and is titled “A Novel Sensor- and Crop-Model-Based Decision Support Tool for Efficient Irrigation Management.” The app is being developed in the Texas Rolling Plains region, which produces about 13% of the state’s cotton, said Srinivasulu Ale, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research geospatial hydrologist and lead… Read More →

Glyphosate myths, facts addressed

By: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Scott Nolte – Whether on social media or in farming circles, many questions linger about glyphosate, better known as Roundup, and a link to cancer. “It’s hard to know what to believe, but it’s important to make sure the information you receive is based on good science,” said Scott Nolte, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state weed specialist, College Station. Nolte addressed the issue during the Panhandle Farm Management Symposium in Amarillo recently, providing insight into the “myths and truths” surrounding the… Read More →

FFA Agronomy Contest scheduled for March 28

The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University is hosting an Invitational Agronomy Contest for FFA members, Saturday, March 28, 2020, in College Station. The contest will include a general exam as well as testing the students knowledge in plant identification, pest identification and soils. The contest will be based on the Texas FFA format and rules. More information is included on this flyer: