Baltensperger receives Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award from TPPA

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu BRYAN – Dr. David Baltensperger, head of the department of soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, has received the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Plant Protection Association. Baltensperger received the award for contributions to the association and to Texas agriculture. The award was given at the association’s annual conference held recently at the Brazos Center  in Bryan Dr. Ronnie Schnell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cropping systems specialist, College Station, received the academic/agency award, while… Read More →

Winter wheat management critical to spring production

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The wheat may be planted, but there’s still a lot of work to do to maximize production, whether for forage, grain or both, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Amarillo. Managing irrigation, in-season fertility, diseases and weeds will be critical for wheat producers who already face low crop prices and a predicted dry spring, Bell said. Wheat conditions across the Texas High Plains are variable going into the winter. “There… Read More →

East Texas: Timing fertilization of winter pastures proving tricky amid drought, above-average temperatures

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Fertilizing to produce quality winter annual forages, such as ryegrass or small grains, has been difficult for East Texas producers to time as above-average temperatures and moderate drought continue, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist, Overton. Corriher-Olson has received many calls from producers recently regarding the best time to fertilize, especially with nitrogen. They want to know if it’s best to fertilize before or after rains. Other nutrients like phosphorous… Read More →

Texas A&M faculty, students recognized at international meeting in Phoenix

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Individuals from Texas A&M University are being recognized during the “Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance”  international annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America. The annual meeting of the three societies will be Nov. 6-9 in Phoenix, Arizona, with more than 4,000 attendees expected. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research. “It reflects the stature of our… Read More →

2016 HEEP CENTER Annual Thanksgiving Lunch

Soil and Crop Sciences, Entomology, Farm Services and Crop Testing and Texas Apiary Inspection Service HEEP CENTER Annual Thanksgiving Lunch Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Serving in Room 424, Heep Center @ 11:45 a.m. Seating in atrium areas and conference rooms. EVERYONE IS INVITED! Each person should bring a dish to serve eight. (If you bring a guest, please bring a dish on their behalf, or make one dish to serve at least 12.) Turkey and Dressing will be provided by Soil and Crop Sciences. Ham and Rolls will… Read More →

Enhanced wheat curl mite control found in genes

AgriLife Research develops screening protocol Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, SLiu@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The Texas High Plains high winds are known for causing more than just bad hair days; they are a major contributor to the spread of wheat curl mite–transmitted viral diseases in wheat. Cultural control is not very effective because the wind can spread the mites and thus devastating diseases such as wheat streak mosaic virus, said Dr. Shuyu Liu, Texas A&M AgriLife Research small grains geneticist in Amarillo. In a… Read More →

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 →