Soil and Crop Sciences Faculty and Students Teach Younger Generation About Soil Science

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By: Lauren Thompson Dr. Cristine Morgan, and students in the Hydropedology research program, hosted the annual Future Farmers of America (FFA) Land Judging and Homesite Evaluation Workshop on March 29th. 150 high school students and nine 4-H participants were eager to learn about soils early Saturday morning. Each team, along with their coaches, rotated between four sites evaluating the soil and making interpretations for the best land usage and management. Teams were able to discuss among themselves and understand why certain decisions were made. At each of the… Read More →

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Edwards Plateau ranchland program offered April 23-25 in Kerrville

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu KERRVILLE –  “Protecting the Legacy of the Edwards Plateau” on April 23-25 in Kerrville will offer education to landowners and include Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, according to program planners. The three-day event, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bennett Trust Land Stewardship, will be at the Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center, 1001 Junction Highway, Kerrville. Registration is $95 for all three days. Registration can be completed at https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/ or by going to http://bennetttrust.tamu.edu,… Read More →

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Combined Wheat and Vegetable Field Day slated for April 23 in Uvalde

A Combined Wheat and Vegetable Field Day will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 23. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Paul Schattenberg, 210-467-6575, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Daniel Leskovar, 830-278-9151, d-leskovar@tamu.edu UVALDE – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde will present the Combined Wheat and Vegetable Field Day from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 23 at the center, located at 1619 Garner Field Road. Experts say drought, freeze and hail could cause a scramble for wheat seed this fall. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Kay Ledbetter) A Combined Wheat and Vegetable Field Day will be held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center… Read More →

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Water quality training May 22 in Victoria to focus on Lavaca and Navidad rivers

The Lavaca and Navidad rivers will be the main focus of an upcoming free Texas Water Steward workshop t be held  from 1-5 p.m. May 22 at the Victoria Educational Gardens, located at 283 Bachelor Drive. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo courtesy of  Matt Brown)

Paul Schattenberg, 210-467-6575, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Peter McGuill, 361-575-4581 or pjmcguill@ag.tamu.edu Galen Roberts, 979-862-8070 or groberts@ag.tamu.edu VICTORIA – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality issues related to the Lavaca and Navidad rivers will be held from 1-5 p.m. May 22 at the Victoria Educational Gardens, 283 Bachelor Drive, Victoria. The training is free and open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the Coastal Bend region, said program coordinators. Participants are encouraged to preregister at the Texas Watershed Steward website athttp://tws.tamu.eduThe workshop is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension… Read More →

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Canola showcased at College Station field day

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Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Clark Neely, 979-845-3041, cneely@ag.tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION – Canola field varieties were in full bloom amidst a backdrop of sunny skies and breezy conditions at the recent Texas A&M University field laboratory near College Station. “Our trials look beautiful right now,” said Dr. Clark Neely, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service oilseed specialist, College Station, who was joined by experts at the 2014 Winter Canola Field Day. The half-day educational program attracted industry experts, university researchers and producers. “We’re about 10 to 14 days… Read More →

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AgriLife’s Dallas center releases new water-efficient turfgrass

Dr. Chandra and the rest of the “Turfgrass Team” in a greenhouse on the grounds of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo)

Paul Schattenberg, 210-467-6575, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Ambika Chandra, 972-231-5362, a-chandra@tamu.edu Expert: New St. Augustine grass hybrid uses less water, offers other advantages DALLAS – Dwindling water resources caused by drought, extreme temperatures and other environmental factors have made the development of more water-efficient turfgrasses increasingly important for southern landscapes, according to experts at Texas A&M AgriLife Research. According to national water-use statistics, about one-third of all the water consumed by cities in the southern U.S. is used to irrigate lawns and gardens. Recently Dr. Ambika Chandra, associate professor of turfgrass… Read More →

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Texas crop, weather for April 1, 2014

Despite the drought, Texas High Plains farmers with irrigation will most likely plant cotton in the South Plains and a mixture of corn and sorghum in the Panhandle, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu Worsening drought is no April Fools joke Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – As Mother Nature continues to play what seems like an extended April Fools joke on parts of Texas with ongoing drought, agricultural producers have some tough cropping decisions to make, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service crops expert. “As conditions remain very dry across the Texas High Plains, producers are looking at crop decisions that reflect the drought condition,” said Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife… Read More →

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Texas A&M commemorates late-Dr. Norman E. Borlaug on 100th birthday

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 WASHINGTON,  D.C. – On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, his granddaughter vowed to continue his legacy by preparing a new generation of leaders to feed the world from the university he served for the last 25 years of his life.            Julie Borlaug, who is external relations director for Texas A&M AgriLife Research’s Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, spoke March 25 in the Great Hall of the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.C.            The event was one of several commemorating… Read More →

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Landowners offered educational opportunity on various ‘invaders’ on the Edwards Plateau

Live oak wilt, which has devastated this tree, is one of the invaders on the Edwards Plateau. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu KERRVILLE – Helping landowners keep their property protected from invaders, whether that be animal, plant, fire or government based, will be the educational goal of “Protecting the Legacy of the Edwards Plateau,” according to program planners. The three-day event, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be April 23-25 at the Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center, 1001 Junction Highway, Kerrville. Registration is $95 for all three days.Registration for this inaugural Bennett Trust Land Stewardship… Read More →

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AgriLife Extension hires new turfgrass specialist for Dallas region

Matt Elmore will be joining Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service as a turfgrass specialist for the Dallas region in August. (Courtesy photo)

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Travis Miller, 979-845-4008, td-miller@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Matthew Elmore has been hired as an assistant professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service turfgrass specialist for the Dallas region. The announcement was made by Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension Service agronomist and Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head, College Station. Elmore begins in August and will office at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas. He is currently completing doctoral studies at the University of Tennessee. “I… Read More →

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