Ranch Management University set for Oct. 9-13 in College Station

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – From soil management to cattle, forage and wildlife, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University Oct. 9-13 in College Station will offer a little something for everyone, according to coordinators. The workshop will meet at the G. Rollie White Visitor Center, 7707 Raymond Stotzer Parkway on the Texas A&M University campus, said Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head and AgriLife Extension program leader, College Station…. Read More →

Forage sorghum silage tour Sept. 13 near Bushland

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu   BUSHLAND – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research will jointly host a forage sorghum silage tour near Bushland on Sept. 13. “No matter what your goals are in your operation, with 78 different varieties in these trials, there are valuable results and information for everyone,” said Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo. “Bushland has received 9.5 inches of rain since July 26, so the plots look fantastic.” The program will… Read More →

Land Stewardship Conference for Women Oct. 2-3

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu   FREDERICKSBURG – Poultry, birding, wildlife – all offer potential revenue if the land is taken care of first. And an upcoming two-day conference will help women in the Edwards Plateau region determine the best management practices to make that happen. “Women – Takin’ On the Stewardship Challenge,” hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will take place Oct. 2-3 at the Inn on Barons Creek in Fredericksburg. The conference, funded by the Ruth and Eskel… Read More →

Internship provides learning opportunity

By: Beth Ann Luedeker David Bryant, a senior Plant and Soil Science student, spent his summer as a soil scientist intern  at the Lincoln, NE, Soil Survey Office. The internship included spending time working at the Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory where he was introduced to each analytical section of the KSSL — Sample Processing, Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Physics. David had the opportunity to observe analytical processes in progress and interact with KSSL technicians. He learned how soil characterization samples submitted by Soil Survey Offices are processed and analyzed,… Read More →

Organic Rice Research

By: Kathleen Phillips Soil and Crop Sciences Contacts: Dr. Fugen Dou,  f-dou@aesrg.tamu.edu Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan,  muthu.bagavathiannan@tamu.edu A market niche for organic rice has a potential to yield premium prices for farmers, but it’s more involved than simply planting the seed and forgetting it until harvest time. That was the message from a team of researchers at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Beaumont during a recent field day at which experimental plots were showcased for area growers. Rice scientists are conducting a three-year, multi-state, $1 million project… Read More →

Field-day planned Aug. 30 in Chillicothe

By: Kay Ledbetter Soil and Crop Sciences contacts: Dr. Emi Kimura, emi.kimura@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Paul DeLaune, paul.delaune@ag.tamu.edu   The Rolling Plains Summer Field Day, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Vernon, will be Aug. 30. The field day activities will focus on many of the cotton trials at the AgriLife Research Chillicothe Station, 1340 Farm-to-Market Road 392, south of Chillicothe. “It is an important year for cotton production in Texas as new technologies came onto the market,” said Dr. Emi Kimura, Texas A&M AgriLife… Read More →

Aggie Weed Team represents at SWSS contest

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Soil and Crop Sciences contact: Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, muthu.bagavathiannan@tamu.edu   Weed Science students and their coaches traveled to Vero Beach, Florida recently to represent Texas A&M University at the Southern Weed Science Society weed contest. Drs. Muthu Bagavathiannan, Katherine Carson, and Vijay Singh coached two graduate teams and an undergraduate team for the contest. Thirteen teams, representing nine universities competed. “Last year was our first year to compete, and we didn’t do so well,” said graduate student Seth Abugho. “This was a redemption year… Read More →

Ranchers Leasing Workshop

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Tiffany Dowell Lashmet,  806-677-5668 tiffany.dowelllashmet@ag.tamu.edu After such a positive response last year, four new Rancher Leasing Workshops covering grazing, hunting and livestock leases are scheduled across the state by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The free programs are funded by the Southern Extension Risk Management Education Center, said Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist in Amarillo. “Last year, 100 percent of participants said they would recommend these programs to a friend, so we decided to offer them in more… Read More →

Reducing hay costs discussed at O.D.Butler Forage Field Day

Dr. Larry Redmon, Associate Department Head and Extension Program Leader for Soil and Crop Sciences, discussed impacts on hay quality at the recent O.D. Butler Forage Field Day at the Camp Cooley Ranch in Franklin, Texas. “The longer you can keep your cattle grazing in the winter, the more cost effective your operation is going to be,” stated Redmon. “Hay is a very expensive way to overwinter cattle.” He explained that in years with adequate rainfall, many producers could get their cattle through the winter with very little… Read More →

Cotton, Corn and Soil discussed at 54th Annual Stiles Farm Field Day

More than 100 producers from the Blackland region of Texas gathered at the Stiles Farm in Thrall, Texas, in mid-June for the 54th annual field day. Each year the field day highlights research being done at Stiles Farm as well as innovations in crop and livestock management. Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension State Cotton Specialist, discussed cotton production and new technologies for weed and nutrient management in cotton. “New herbicide technologies are not a silver bullet for weed control,” Morgan stated. “In order to get good… Read More →