Soil and Crop Sciences faculty mentor Borlaug Fellows from Egypt

Researchers from Egypt spent several months in Texas last fall working with faculty from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University as part of the Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. Dr. Samir Mohamed worked with Dr. Jake Mowrer; and Anas Mohamed Safaa Al-Din Sharshar teamed up with Dr. Amir Ibrahim. Samir is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Microbiology at Minia University, Minia, Egypt, with a focus on soil/plant/microbe/environment interactions. Several of his current projects investigate the effects of… Read More →

New app development could aid crop irrigation management

By: Kay Ledbetter Texas A&M AgriLife is developing an inexpensive and easy-to-use mobile app and irrigation management system to help agricultural producers increase water-use efficiency and continue producing cotton. The new project is funded by the Texas A&M Water Seed Grant Initiative and is titled “A Novel Sensor- and Crop-Model-Based Decision Support Tool for Efficient Irrigation Management.” The app is being developed in the Texas Rolling Plains region, which produces about 13% of the state’s cotton, said Srinivasulu Ale, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research geospatial hydrologist and lead… Read More →

Glyphosate myths, facts addressed

By: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Scott Nolte – Whether on social media or in farming circles, many questions linger about glyphosate, better known as Roundup, and a link to cancer. “It’s hard to know what to believe, but it’s important to make sure the information you receive is based on good science,” said Scott Nolte, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state weed specialist, College Station. Nolte addressed the issue during the Panhandle Farm Management Symposium in Amarillo recently, providing insight into the “myths and truths” surrounding the… Read More →

FFA Agronomy Contest scheduled for March 28

The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University is hosting an Invitational Agronomy Contest for FFA members, Saturday, March 28, 2020, in College Station. The contest will include a general exam as well as testing the students knowledge in plant identification, pest identification and soils. The contest will be based on the Texas FFA format and rules. More information is included on this flyer:

FDA approves ultra-low gossypol cottonseed for human, animal consumption

Writer: Kay Ledbetter The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to ultra-low gossypol cottonseed, ULGCS, to be utilized as human food and in animal feed, something Texas A&M AgriLife researchers have been working on for nearly 25 years. Keerti Rathore, Ph.D., a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist in the Texas A&M Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology and Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, College Station, and his team have developed, tested and obtained deregulation for the transgenic cotton plant – TAM66274. TAM66274… Read More →

Genetic capabilities cut time for potential Texas wheat lines to make field appearance

Writer: Kay Ledbetter When new pests, diseases or environmental issues are identified in Texas wheat, expertise in doubled haploid development can help find solutions in less than half the time of traditional breeding practices. Chenggen Chu, Ph.D., a geneticist, joined Texas A&M AgriLife Research’s wheat program at Amarillo two years ago, and his doubled haploid wheat pure lines are already making it to field yield trials this fall. Since moving to Amarillo, Chu has built a wheat doubled haploid production pipeline from scratch that can be shared with… Read More →

Federal hemp rules announced

Writer: Kay Ledbetter The wait is over, and the first look at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s interim final hemp production rules are now available. The rules were published in the Federal Register on Oct. 31 and public comment will be allowed for 60 days on the USDA website. These rules do not, however, grant anyone the right to begin planting hemp in Texas. There are still several more steps to the process to finalize Texas industrial hemp rules, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists working… Read More →

Soil and Crop Sciences undergraduate’s internship initiates urban farm on campus

Writer: Beth Ann Luedeker Experiential learning enhances a student’s college experience and is a required part of the curriculum for undergraduates in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. The department offers internships and study abroad opportunities to help students meet this requirement. Broch Saxton, one of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences December graduates, created his own internship as a student leader and greenhouse project director with TAMU Urban Farm United (TUFU). TUFU is an urban farm that utilizes vertical towers — Tower Garden — that… Read More →

Students selected as SEED ambassadors

Three graduate students from the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences have been selected to take part in the Scientists Engaging and Educating Decision-makers (SEED) Ambassador program. Holly Lane, a Master’s student under the supervision of Dr. Seth Murray; Mark McDonald, a doctoral student under the supervision of Drs. Katie Lewis and Terry Gentry; and Rahul Raman, a doctoral student under Drs. Nithya Rajan and Haly Neely, will be representing Texas A&M and our department for the next year. The SEED Ambassador program is a… Read More →

New St. Augustinegrass hybrids highlighted at annual turfgrass field day

Turfgrass needs to be drought tolerant, shade tolerant and disease resistant in order to thrive in Texas. A Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass breeder discussed genetically engineered St. Augustinegrass events and hybrids bred to meet these criteria during the recent Texas A&M AgriLife Turfgrass Field Day in College Station. Ambika Chandra, Ph.D., a turfgrass breeder in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences based at the AgriLife research and extension center in Dallas, and Lucas Freshour, from Scotts Miracle-Gro, are working together to test Pro-Vista St. Augustinegrass for… Read More →