The 3rd annual Bennett Trust Resource Stewardship Conference

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In 1914, R. E. Dickson admonished landowners “Don’t pray for rain if you can’t take care of what you get.” At the 3rd annual Bennett Trust Resource Stewardship Conference held in Kerrville April 14 and 15, Steve Nelle, Natural Resource Conservation Service (retired), explained to the gathered landowners that land stewardship is the backbone for sustaining land and water in Texas. “Stewardship is not just a list of practices for a landowner to consider,” Nelle stated. “It is a deep respect and appreciation for the land. It is… Read More →

2016 Spring Ranch Management University took place April 4-8 in College Station

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If you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it. That was the underlying theme at the 2016 Spring Ranch Management University (RMU) which took place April 4-8 at the G. Rollie White Visitor’s Center on Texas A&M University’s O.D. Butler Animal Science Complex in College Station. Forty-six people attended the five-day program coordinated by Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M University Soil and Crop Sciences associate department head and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension program leader. Redmon and his team of experts presented management options in subject areas ranging from… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife spring field day set May 4 at Chillicothe

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@aag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Paul DeLaune, 940-552-9941 ext. 207, pdelaune@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Emi Kimura, 940-552-9941 ext. 233, emi.kimura@ag.tamu.edu CHILLICOTHE – Wheat, canola, triticale and cropping systems will be highlighted during a field day May 4 at Texas A&M AgriLife Research’s Chillicothe Station, located south of Chillicothe on Farm-to-Market Road 392. Registration will be from 7:45-8:30 a.m., followed by a herbicide regulations presentation by Henry Krusekopf, Texas Department of Agriculture inspector from Wichita Falls. Three Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator continuing education units – two general and… Read More →

Multi-County Wheat Tour set May 6 in Taylor, Callahan counties

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Robert Pritz, 325-672-6048, r-pritz@tamu.edu ABILENE – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Multi-County Wheat Tour beginning at 8:30 a.m. May 6 at the Taylor County variety test plots. The test plots are located off State Highway 351 on County Road 521, also known as Mesquite Lane. Robert Pritz, AgriLife Extension agent in Taylor County, said a stellar wheat growing season should make for an exciting and informative tour. “This season’s optimal growing conditions should really reveal what these wheat… Read More →

Bushland Canola Field Tour set for May 3

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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 Austin Voyles, 806-373-0713, Austin.voyles@ag.tamu.edu BUSHLAND – The Bushland Canola Field Tour has been set for May 3 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Bush Farm, located at 600 Farm-to-Market Road 2381 north of Bushland. The tour will begin with registration from 9-9:30 a.m. and conclude by noon, according to Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Amarillo, who is growing the plots as part of a regional project to evaluate winter canola production on… Read More →

Water well trainings, screenings set for May in West Texas

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By: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Drew Gholson, 979-845-1461, dgholson@tamu.edu John W. Smith, 979-845-2761, johnwsmith@tamu.edu Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, dboellstorff@tamu.eduCOLLEGE STATION — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will offer Texas Well Owner Network trainings and screenings in May for seven West Texas counties, said program coordinators. The Texas Water Resources Institute is partnering with AgriLife Extension and the Texas Well Owner Network on these programs, they said. “Private well owners in Texas are independently responsible for monitoring the quality of their wells,” said Drew Gholson, AgriLife Extension program… Read More →

Alligator cleanup

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Clean-up efforts along the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks are paying off, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Program Specialist Ward Ling. This is the fourth year Ling has coordinated a clean-up in the watershed that drains to Geronimo and Alligator creeks. It is part of the watershed protection plan that was established for those creeks in 2012 by AgriLife, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. Geronimo creek was listed on the Texas 303(d) list of impaired waterways in 2008 and 2010. The… Read More →

The 3rd Biennial Genetics of Maize-Microbe Interactions Workshop

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Over seventy people from throughout the United States and four other countries gathered in Rudder Tower March 30 – April 2 for the 3rd Biennial Genetics of Maize-Microbe Interactions Workshop (GMMI). Scientists from ten states in the U.S., as well as Germany, South Africa, Kenya and China participated in the workshop. Twelve Universities were represented as well as seven private biotech and seed companies and five different USDA agriculture research stations. Dr. Seth Murray, Soil Crop Sciences Department; Dr. Wenwei Xu, Soil and Crop Sciences; and Dr. Mike… Read More →

Bennett Trust Land Stewardship Conference April 14-15

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Preparations for the PGA World Golf Championships Dell Match Play

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Texas A&M Turfgrass Science students volunteered over spring break in advance week preparations for the PGA World Golf Championships Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club. Students gained experience and insights into tournament preparations, working closely with golf course superintendent Bobby Stringer as well as PGA Tour Officials. The tournament, which begins this week, hosts the top 64 golfers in the world.