Emi Kimura named AgriLife Extension state peanut specialist

By: Kay Ledbetter Dr. Emi Kimura has been named the state peanut specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Kimura joined AgriLife Extension in 2015 as an agronomist serving the Rolling Plains and surrounding areas from the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center south of Vernon. Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension program leader and Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head in College Station, said Kimura will continue a long-standing tradition of having the state peanut specialist based in Vernon. When the Vernon agronomist… Read More →

Soil and Crop Sciences faculty mentor Borlaug Fellows from Africa

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Three cotton researchers from throughout Africa have teamed up with Texas A&M Soil and Crop Sciences professors as part of the Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. Dr. Gapili Naoura, Adama Ouattrata and Dr. Larbouga Bourgou will be working with Drs. Jane Dever, Jake Mowrer and David Stelly in College Station and Lubbock until they return to their home countries in late November. The Aggie professors will each make a reciprocal visit to the home country of the Fellow with whom they… Read More →

Protein derived from cottonseed for human nutrition is one step closer to reality

By: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Dr. Keerti Rathore – rathore@tamu.edu Cottonseed ground into flour to deliver protein to millions of people, a project to which Dr. Keerti Rathore has devoted more than half his professional career, is one step closer to reality. Rathore, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist in College Station, received word that Texas A&M’s “Petition for Determination of Non-regulated Status for Ultra-Low Gossypol Cottonseed (ULGCS) TAM66274” has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS. Texas A&M… Read More →

Coffee Education Symposium

A Coffee Education Symposium will be held at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Center on F and B Road in College Station, Thursday, November 8, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Lunch and a coffee tasting will be included. The symposium will include presentations on the Texas A&M Coffee Center, coffee chemistry, coffee sensory, the research and development of coffee projects, and an overview of the coffee industry and its current trends. Dr. Ben Wherley, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and Amanda Birnbaum, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, will present… Read More →

Soil and Crop Sciences’ Golden Girls

Three soil and crop sciences students, Savanna Shelnutt, Caitlyn Lakey and Nicole Shigley, have been named as Golden Opportunity Scholars for 2018-19 by the American Society of Agronomy. All three are in their senior year, working toward their Bachelor of Science degrees in Plant and Environmental Soil Science. From Spring, TX, Nicole plans to pursue her Master of Science in soil science and her professional soil science license. Ultimately, Nicole would like to have a job that connects soil education to the public. Savanna is originally from Montgomery,… Read More →

Water quality training October 9 in Austin will focus on Shoal Creek

Contact: Michael Kuitu, 979-862-4457, mkuitu@tamu.edu Joanna Wolaver, 512-565-0812, joanna@shoalcreekconservancy.org Noel Troxclair, 512-854-9600, noel.troxclair@ag.tamu.edu A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to Shoal Creek will be held from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. October 9 at the Lamar Senior Activities Center, 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue in Austin. Interested persons are also invited to attend an 11:00 a.m.-noon Shoal Creek stakeholder meeting immediately prior to the workshop. The workshop is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in cooperation with the… Read More →

Turfgrass expert clips last blades of grass for research purposes

Dr. Richard White retires from Texas A&M Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Richard White intends to sit back and let the grass grow under his feet for a while after spending 29 years helping develop turf for Texas’ sometimes unforgiving conditions. White retired from his positions as a professor in the Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department and Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass management scientist in College Station on Aug. 31. He came to Texas A&M after working as an assistant professor at Rutgers University-Cook… Read More →

Producers, Homeowners battling armyworms

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu   Hay and forage producers and homeowners around the state are battling armyworms following rains and cooler weather, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. The fall armyworm is a common pest of Bermuda grass and many other crops in Texas, Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton, said. Given their appetite, numbers and ability to move, fall armyworms can consume entire fields or pastures in a few days. “I highly, highly recommend producers scout… Read More →

Guar, wheat integration focus of new study

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-77-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Curtis Adams, 940-552-9941, Curtis.adams@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu A team of scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife and the University of Florida are working to increase and stabilize guar production in the U.S. by testing integration of guar into existing wheat production in the Southern Plains. The team is funded for the next four years to conduct this work by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Sustainable Agroecosystems: Functions, Processes and Management” grant program. Guar produces a seed containing galactomannan gum, which… Read More →

New Texas A&M soil scientist aims research at global change effects on carbon sequestration

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Peyton Smith, 979-845-5669, peyton.smith@tamu.edu Dr. Peyton Smith was soaring through the skies before she could drive, but it’s what is on the ground, or beneath the ground, that grabbed her fascination and led to her latest position with Texas A&M University. “I received my private pilot’s license the last year of high school and was enrolled in the Aviation Technology degree program at Purdue University, but I was quickly captivated by the biological sciences,” she said. Now Smith, who’s been on… Read More →