The Annual Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium

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Soil&Crop Sciences graduate students will host the second annual Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The one-day research conference is open to the public and will take place in the Memorial Student Center Bethancourt Grand Ballrooms, Room 2300 CDE, on the College Station, Texas campus. The program will begin at 8:00 AM with an evening reception to follow. The symposium is free to attend, but registration is required for both on-campus and webinar participation. To register for the symposium and for more details, please… Read More →

Save the date: 2-26-2015 Frank Hons Retirement Dinner

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The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is hosting a retirement dinner for Dr. Frank Hons in celebration of his long, prosperous career here at Texas A&M and the impact his research has made worldwide. February 26, 2016 Pebble Creek Country Club 6:30 p.m.

2016 to be celebrated as the International Year of Pulses

2016 to be celebrated as the International Year of Pulses

Black-eyed pea varieties improved in AgriLife Research breeding program Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. B.B. Singh, 979-845-3041, bsingh@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Everyone who ate their “good luck” black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day helped kick off the celebration of 2016 as the “International Year of Pulses,” according to a Texas A&M University visiting professor. Pulses are food legumes, which are edible seeds, said Dr. B.B. Singh, a cowpea breeder in the Texas A&M soil and crop sciences department. Pulses include dry beans and peas, pigeon peas,… Read More →

The Annual Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium

2016PB-Symposium

Soil&Crop Sciences graduate students will host the second annual Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The one-day research conference is open to the public and will take place in the Memorial Student Center Bethancourt Grand Ballrooms, Room 2300 CDE, on the College Station, Texas campus. The program will begin at 8:00 AM with an evening reception to follow. The symposium is free to attend, but registration is required for both on-campus and webinar participation. To register for the symposium and for more details, please… Read More →

2015 Soil&Crop Sciences Departmental Awards

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Faculty and staff gathered January 12 for the annual meeting, awards presentation and reception. Longevity awards were presented to two professors.  Dr. James Heilman was recognized for his thirty-five years of service. Dr. Lloyd Rooney was not present at the meeting, but received recognition of fifty years of service from Dr. Baltensperger the following day. Dr. Frank Hons was presented with a certificate of appreciation for his service, as he retired after thirty-seven years with the department. Other awards were: The BB Singh Award for Crop Science Thesis,… Read More →

AgriLife Extension studies new grass control technology in grain sorghum

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Acetolactate synthase inhibiting herbicides have been used to control grass weeds in crop production such as corn, cotton, soybeans and wheat, but only recently has this technology been available in grain sorghum, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist said. Better known as ALS-tolerant herbicides, Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, is part of a larger study encompassing other areas of Texas as well as neighboring states to test the effectiveness of the… Read More →

Resisting rust in Texas

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October 07, 2015 By Rup Chakravorty Wheat, from breads and pastries to beer and pastas, is an integral part of diets. Farmers produced about 730 million tons of wheat globally in 2014. It serves as the staple food for more than 35% of the world’s population – around 2.5 billion people – according to the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization. But wheat is vulnerable. Among the most damaging diseases that affect wheat crops across the world are rusts. The fungi that cause stem rust, leaf rust and… Read More →

Aggies in the Mississippi Delta

Students (left to right): Julio Hernandez, Callie Fitzgerald, Zach Vice, Robert Chapa, Matthew Petermann, and Marina Rismiller.

Undergraduate students from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University recently traveled to Scott, Mississippi, to visit the Monsanto Learning Center. The center hosts thousands of visitors each year. It contains 130 acres of research and demonstration plots focused on cotton, corn and soybean production. The program at the center addresses problems and opportunities encountered on rich alluvial silt-loam and heavy clay soils in the Mid-South. They also learned about strategies employed by Monsanto to improve food and fiber production in the U.S. and… Read More →

Soil Science Society of America Announces 2015 Award Recipient

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MADISON, WI, Jun 30, 2015 – The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) announces the following 2015 award recipient to be formally presented at the SSSA Awards Ceremony on 2015-11-18 during the scientific society’s International Annual Meeting, Nov. 15-18, 2015, Minneapolis, MN. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to soil science through education, national and international service, and research. Frank M. Hons, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX – Soil Science Education Award: Frank Hons is Professor of Soil Science and AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow in the Department of Soil and Crop… Read More →