2019 Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium held

Writer: Beth Ann Luedeker Soil and Crop Sciences and Horticulture graduate students teamed up once again to host the Texas A&M University Plant Breeding Symposium at the Memorial Student Center February 21. This is the fourth year for student-run symposium, and the event keeps getting bigger and better. Since its inception the symposium has been attended by 1,200 scientists and graduate students either in person or via the live webinar broadcast. Plant Breeders, Assemble! was the theme for this year, with a focus on how interdisciplinary teams are… Read More →

Clinic to address planter maintenance

Writer: Kay Ledbetter At this time of the year, producers spend significant time selecting corn hybrids and cotton varieties as well as herbicide programs. But another important annual consideration is planter maintenance, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist said. “When we talk about planter maintenance, it’s important to realize we are talking more than just about greasing chains,” said Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo. “We are talking about stand establishment and how it is affected by the mechanics of the planter, including down pressure, row… Read More →

New Turfgrass specialist joins faculty in Dallas

Writer: Gabe Saldana Contact: Dr. Chrissie Segars, (979) 952-9212 or chrissie.segars@ag.tamu.edu The newest state turfgrass specialist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service aims to inspire sustainable management of safe sports fields and other turfgrass applications. Dr. Chrissie Segars’ office is at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas. Her focus is coaching field managers on a system of approaches where primary goals are user safety and healthy turfgrass. Segars’ extension outreach efforts cover aeration, fertilization, irrigation, variety selection, pests, weeds and a wide array… Read More →

2019 Hill Country land stewardship conference set for April 25-26

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu The Hill Country has its own special needs when it comes to managing livestock and wildlife and incorporating the millions of individuals who come to vacation, hunt and relax in the ranching environments. The sixth annual Hill Country Land Stewardship Conference hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offers a chance for landowners in the region to learn more about addressing issues that arise when ranching and tourism combine, said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension program… Read More →

Two Soil and Crop Sciences faculty members recognized at Beltwide Cotton Conference

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Two Texas A&M AgriLife faculty members brought back honors from the recent National Cotton Council’s 2019 Beltwide Cotton Conference in New Orleans. Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state cotton specialist, College Station, was presented the 2019 Outstanding Career Research Award for Cotton Agronomy. The award is sponsored by BASF. Dr. Katie Lewis, Texas A&M AgriLife Research soil scientist, Lubbock, was presented The Dr. J. Tom Cothren Outstanding Young Cotton Soil Scientist Award. One is given each year, and the recipient must have… Read More →

Experts: Get private well water screened after flooding to ensure safety

Writer: Paul Schattenberg Results from Texas well water screenings in areas affected by flooding over the past few years show the importance of those screenings in helping ensure water quality and human health, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel supporting the agency’s Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON. “Private water well owners whose wells have been flooded should assume their well water is contaminated until tested,” said Dr. Diane Boellstorff, AgriLife Extension water resource specialist in the department of soil and crop sciences, College Station. “You should… Read More →

AgriLife Extension recognizes Superior Service

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service presented its Superior Service Awards, the agency’s highest honors, during a ceremony at the AgriLife Center January 8. Several members of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences were among those honored. Ranch Management University earned a team award and Ward Ling received the Superior Service – Extension Program Specialist award. The Ranch Management University (RMU) team is led by Dr. Larry Redmon, Associate Department Head for Extension in Soil and Crop Sciences. Team members include Dr. David Anderson, economist-livestock marketing; Dr…. Read More →

New computer model helps predict wheat forage success

Writer: Adam Russell A new, pioneering forage wheat model could provide a valuable technique to researchers exploring the potential of biomass production for cool-season annual forage grasses, according to model developers. Researchers at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton – Dr. Monte Rouquette, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant physiologist, and Dr. Prem Woli, AgriLife Research crop modeler, recently published a paper in Agronomy Journal titled “Simulating Winter Wheat Forage Production in the Southern U.S. Using a Forage Wheat Model.”  It focuses on annual forage… Read More →

New caveats for Texas auxin herbicide training

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Producers will need to pick up a second round of auxin training this year if they plan to use dicamba products, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. In late October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it will extend the registration of dicamba for two years for over-the-top weed control in dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean. The extended labels include changes to ensure these products continue to be used effectively and to address concerns about off-target movement, said Scott Nolte, Texas A&M AgriLife… Read More →

Tomorrow’s scientists help with today’s discoveries

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Today’s research advances in the world of wheat genetics are getting a big hand from tomorrow’s scientists, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist who has had three students publish their research in major journals this past year. These Texas A&M University students working through their doctoral studies have helped conduct major studies that improved the understanding of unique traits in TAM wheat cultivars released by AgriLife Research’s wheat breeding program, said Dr. Shuyu Liu, AgriLife Research wheat geneticist in Amarillo and committee chair… Read More →