Muir selected 2014 Crop Science Society of America Fellow

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFriday, August 15, 2014 STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Dr. James P. Muir, Tarleton State University professor of grassland ecology and research scientist with Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station in Stephenville, has been named a Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) Fellow for 2014.The international science organization will present its highest honor to Muir and 11 others from across North America on Nov. 3, 2014, during its annual meeting in Long Beach, Calif. Fellows are elected by select CSSA members based on professional achievements and meritorious service, as well as… Read More →

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2014 Fall Soil & Crop Harvest Bash!

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You are invited! Tickets are now on sale for our Fall Harvest Bash! The event will take place on October 10 from 7-10 pm at the Wellborn Community Center. A catered, barbecue dinner from J. Cody’s will start at 7 pm followed by live music and dancing with The StringBenders. Beverages will be provided by Luke’s Bartending. Ticket prices are $12/person, $10 for TAMU students, and $5 for children 10 and under. Buy tickets online! For more information call 979.945.3041

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Texas crop, weather for Sept. 9, 2014

Though rains came too late for many dryland fields in the Texas High Plains for them to reach full yield potential, there are still many reasons to remain optimistic for a good crop, according to a Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. (Texas AgriLife Communications photo)

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu Contact: Mark Kelley, 806-746-6101, MKelley@ag.tamu.edu Despite late rains, High Plains dryland cotton crop could still be pretty good Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Rains came to the Panhandle and South Plains a couple weeks too late to ensure a really good dryland cotton crop across the board, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. In early August, dryland cotton in the Texas High Plains teetered on being moisture stressed, but still had the potential to make a very… Read More →

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Texas crop, weather for Sept. 3, 2014

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Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, VACorriher@ag.tamu.edu Rye seed shortage may call for revised winter pasture strategy Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A shortage of small grain rye seed may require many East and Central Texas producers to rethink their winter pasture plan, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. “The shortage is primarily of varieties we are more familiar with here in East Texas, such as Elbon and Maton,” said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist at Overton…. Read More →

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Soil and Crop student Ian Sprouse is named ASA, CSSA, SSSA Golden Scholar

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By: Lauren Thompson The Soil and Crop Sciences Department would like to congratulate Ian Sprouse for being named an American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America Golden Scholar recipient. Sprouse is a senior studying Plant and Environmental Soil Science and Agricultural Education. He has worked under Steve Hague, Ph.D., at Texas A&M’s cotton breeding program, and he recently completed an internship with Monsanto. Sprouse’s interests are in field trials and research, and biotechnology outreach and education. One of his projects… Read More →

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AgriLife Research study: Center pivot does not always mean efficiency

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Water conservation varies by application method Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Nithya Rajan, 940-552-9941, nrajan@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – Identifying, but more importantly, gaining adoption of the most efficient irrigation systems is an important step in water conservation within agriculture, according to a recent study conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The study by AgriLife Research, in partnership with the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation, determined that producers who were not using low energy precision application, or LEPA, sprinkler systems were leaving as much as $100 per acre behind…. Read More →

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Texas crop, weather for Aug. 5, 2014

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Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu Contact: Mark Kelley, 806-746-6101, MKelley@ag.tamu.edu High Plains cotton generally in good shape, but rain needed soon Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Despite a few setbacks, such as cooler-than-normal weather, Panhandle and South Plains cotton is in pretty good shape, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. But the fate of dryland cotton depends on whether the area receives rain soon, said Mark Kelley, AgriLife Extension cotton specialist, Lubbock. According to reports by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service,… Read More →

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Improving soil health, no-till practices topic of Aug. 14 four-county field day

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Paul DeLaune, 940-552-9941, pdelaune@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – A Rolling Plains field tour, “Practices to Improve Soil Health and Soil/Water Conservation,” will be held Aug. 14 by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service and local Soil and Water Conservation districts. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Punkin Center Volunteer Fire Department of Haynesville, located 0.3 miles south of the intersection of State Highway 240 and State Highway or 3 miles north of Electra. The tour will run… Read More →

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Texas crop, weather for July 22, 2014

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Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, VACorriher@ag.tamu.edu Hay situation good in east, southeast, iffy in others Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – While some parts of Texas have been lucky when it comes to hay production, others will likely have an expensive go at feeding cattle this winter, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “We’ve been blessed with rainfall during our spring and even during the mid-summer in East Texas,” said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton. “So hay production in… Read More →

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Rainwater harvesting program Aug. 12 in Seguin should ‘capture’ interest

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Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, <ahref=”mailto:paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu”>paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Ward Ling, 979-945-6980, wling@ag.tamu.edu SEGUIN – The “Rainwater Harvesting for Homeowners” program will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 12 at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority’s River Annex, 905 Nolan St. in Seguin, said program coordinators. The training is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. The program is a joint effort of the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Partnership, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, said Ward Ling, watershed coordinator… Read More →

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