Forage sorghum management, hybrids determine silage value

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Unique data for forage sorghums, including varying feed values and management needs of different hybrids, is coming out of a Texas A&M AgriLife trial being conducted near Bushland. “On the Texas High Plains, forage sorghums are a very good fit with the livestock industry, especially as dairy and beef cattle forage needs increase at the same time as we become water-limited across the Ogallala Aquifer region,” said Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service… Read More →

The 2nd Annual Agronomy Society Corn Maze is Opening October 22 to November 5

More than 1,220 people attended the 2nd Annual Agronomy Society Corn Maze during the opening weekend October 22 and 23, significantly more than were seen last year. “We had as many people opening weekend as we did in three days last year,” stated Matt Wilhelm, the financial officer for the Agronomy Society. According to organizers, attendance was not the only thing better than last year. The event doubled in size and includes not only the five-acre corn maze, but also a pumpkin patch where visitors may pick their… Read More →

Texas Crop and Weather Report — Oct. 25

Soybean yields likely to hit or miss in remaining fields Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Clark Neely, 979-862-1412, cbneely@tamu.edu; Russell Sutton, 214-718-1602, r-sutton@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Soybean producers had a hit-or-miss growing season this year as the timing of arid conditions and rain factored heavily into yields, according to Texas A&M AgriLife experts. Dr. Clark Neely, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small grains and oilseed specialist, College Station, said timing was everything for soybean producers. Neely said soybean fields in the southeast looked good early, but… Read More →

Texas A&M leading organic grain crop study

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Nithya Rajan, 979-845-0360, nrajan@tamu.edu Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, 979-845-5375, muthu.bagavathiannan@tamu.edu Dr. Ronnie Schnell, 979-845-2935, ronschnell@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Nithya Rajan and her colleagues believe organic grain and soybean crops have an enormous opportunity to satisfy demand for specialty feed for a growing niche livestock industry in Texas. Rajan, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop physiologist in the soil and crop sciences department at College Station, recently received a three-year, $475,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant… Read More →

The Texas A&M University Soil Judging Team won the Region IV, collegiate soil judging contest

The Texas A&M Soil Judging Team won the soil judging contest in Ruidoso, New Mexico, in early October. They were the overall winners, and won the Team Judging event for soil. Four of the five team members finished in the top ten, with the fifth only two places out. Sam Shroyer led the team, finishing as the 4th high indidivual, followed closely by Nicole Shigley – 5th high, Kacie Wynn – 7th high, Michael Bartmass – 10th high, and Rory Tucker – 12th high. Coach Cristine Morgan is… Read More →

Interest growing in barley for brewing

Texas A&M studying best varieties for Texas producers to meet new markets Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Clark Neely, 979-862-1412, cbneely@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Barley might not be on the top of the list as a feed and forage for livestock, but the growing interest in craft breweries and micro distilleries has Texas A&M AgriLife researchers taking a look at the crop. Currently, barley is grown on only about 30,000 acres in Texas, said Dr. Clark Neely, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state small grains specialist,… Read More →

Wheat producers advised to take advantage of existing soil nitrogen

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jake Mowrer,  jake.mowrer@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – As producers across the state are planting winter wheat, it is important they consider crediting soil nitrogen in their management plans, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Jake Mowrer, AgriLife Extension state soil fertility specialist in College Station, said producers can save money in fertilizer costs by taking advantage of existing soil nitrogen and still make expected yield goals. Each year producers must determine what and how much nitrogen they will… Read More →

Results show water well testing in Texas is important

Contacts: John Smith, 979-845-2761, johnwsmith@tamu.edu Dr. Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, dboellstorff@tamu.edu ALICE  —  Results of recent private water well screenings in five South Texas counties underscored the importance of regular testing of private water wells, said a Texas Well Owner Network official. “Through these screenings, we identified several contaminants that could potentially cause illnesses or other problems for the private well owners,” said John Smith, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist, College Station. The screenings were presented in Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, Starr and Webb counties by AgriLife… Read More →

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Extension and NRCS join together with Blacklands farmers to discuss conservation tillage

Story and photos by Beth Ann Luedeker Texas AgriLife Extension, NRCS and producers from the Blacklands region came together September 8 at Oscar Store southeast of Temple to discuss conservation tillage practices and to open the door for more on-farm research trials in the state. Dr. Jake Mowrer, AgriLife Extension specialist in Soil Nutrient & Water Resource Management, Nathan Haile of NRCS, Ryan Collett, manager of the Stiles Farm Foundation, and Lyle Zoeller, AgriLife Extension Agent for Bell County organized the meeting. “Dr. Paul DeLaune has done a… Read More →