Soil and Crop Sciences Graduate Organization

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Mark McDonald – Students supporting other students As a new slate of officers is sworn in for the Soil and Crop Sciences Graduate Organization (SCGO), it is a good time to look back at the students who organized and led the group through its formative years. After conducting the first Plant Breeding Symposium, a graduate student planned and run event, a group of plant breeding students commiserated on some of the difficulties of graduate school. How nice it would be, they thought,… Read More →

Two new wheat varieties announced by Texas A&M AgriLife

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, Dr. Richard Vierling, 940-552-9941, AMARILLO – Two new wheat varieties have been announced by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the TAM Wheat Improvement Program, according to Dr. Jackie Rudd, AgriLife Research wheat breeder at Amarillo. “We are excited to release these two new varieties that will complement the TAM lineup already being grown throughout much of Texas and the Southern High Plains of the U.S.,” Rudd said. “Both are well-suited to battle against our environmental challenges… Read More →

Pigg new coordinator of Texas Well Owner Network program

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Joel Pigg, 979-845-1461, Dr. Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, David “Joel” Pigg is combining his Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and water conservation district experiences in his new position as the Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, coordinator. Pigg began his new position April 15, and is located in the Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department at College Station. The TWON program,, provides private water well screenings and wellhead protection educational trainings to private water well managers. “I’m very excited to… Read More →

Texas A&M releases new corn lines for use in commercial hybrids

By: Kay Ledbetter Texas corn producers will have hybrids better suited to the state’s longer growing season and multiple stresses in the future after a Texas A&M AgriLife team from across the state released five new lines bred specifically for that purpose. “These are the first lines tested, selected and released for commercial corn hybrid production in central and south Texas in over 20 years,” said Dr. Seth Murray, Eugene Butler Endowed Chair at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder in College Station. “They… Read More →

Undergraduate Awards Banquet

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Congratulations to all the scholarship and awards recipients recognized at the awards banquet held April 11 at the Hildebrand Equine Center. While officially an undergraduate banquet, many graduate students received recognition and awards that night as well. Dr. Kim Dooley, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Associate Dean for Academic Operations, delivered the keynote address. During her address Dooley outlined what she feels it means to be an Aggie. Being an Aggie means being Authentic, being Grateful, setting Goals, having Integrity and having Enthusiasm,… Read More →

Importance of Preplant Incorporated and Preemergence Herbicides in Peanut Production

Written by: Emi Kimura, James Grichar, Pete Dotray and Josh McGinty Contact: Dr. Emi Kimura, Best Management Practices (BMPs) for peanut production include effective season-long weed management. Below are four weed management principles in peanut production. Start clean Use residual herbicides Timely postemergence applications Know your weeds Early season weed management is most important, which means weed control later in the season should be easier. Yield losses are minimized when peanuts are free of weed competition for the first 4-6 weeks after planting. There are five critical… Read More →

Rice Researcher addresses plant survival during extended flooding

Written by: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Contact: Dr. Endang Septiningsih, 979-845-7527, Rice crops can stress under too much water or water at the wrong time. Developing tolerance to these flooding stresses and improving rice cultivars is the life passion for Dr. Endang “Septi” Septiningsih, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Rice growers around the world have had two choices: plant poor-yielding traditional varieties that are moderately tolerant to long periods of submersion in water to withstand the flash floods of the monsoon season, or plant high-yielding submergence-intolerant varieties… Read More →

More than an individual landowner issue

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608,

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 →