Wheat producers eye canola in crop rotations

Dr. Jourdan Bell monitors the pod fill process on canola plots at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research farm near Bushland. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Kay Ledbetter)

AgriLife variety plots provide planting, seeding rate information Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.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 Dr. Clark Neely, 979-862-1412, cbneely@tamu.edu Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu CHILLICOTHE – Texas A&M AgriLife Research is conducting several studies on canola in both the Rolling Plains and High Plains regions as interest in the crop continues to grow. Dr. Clark Neely, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small grains and oilseed specialist in College Station, said interest in canola is… Read More →

The 2nd Annual Aggie Turfgrass Open

Photo L to R: Russell Rafter, Casey Reynolds, Wes Dyer, Rodrigo Martinez

Aggie Turf Club wrapped up the spring semester with the 2nd Annual Aggie Turfgrass Open, held at Briarcrest Golf Club. Twenty-four SCSC Turfgrass Science students, faculty, and staff came out and had a great time participating in the 2-person scramble event. This year, we had a 2-way tie for 1st place (+2) between the teams of Russell Rafter/Casey Reynolds and Wes Dyer/Rodrigo Martinez. A big thank you to Briarcrest superintendents Bobby Holt and Jacob Menn for hosting us as well as Brian Cloud (GCSAA) for sponsoring a closest… Read More →

New turfgrass handbook available through AgriLife Extension

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Casey Reynolds, 979-845-0603, casey.reynolds@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Homeowners and professional turfgrass managers now have a new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service publication available to help them when selecting herbicides, insecticides and fungicides to control common turfgrass pests. “It’s a pretty extensive document that I think will be useful to those managing turf in Texas,” Reynolds said. “In addition to providing information such as the common and trade names, application rates and intervals and mode of action, we’ve included notes and cautions… Read More →

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 →