Soil security vital for the health, wealth of the world

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Consensus: It’s more than just ‘dirt’ and needs to be protected Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Cristine Morgan, 979-845-3603, cmorgan@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The general public may not be as tied to the land as they once were, but scientists want them to see more than “dirt” when they view the precious commodity of “soil” and be a part of its future protection. A recent meeting of the 2015 Global Soil Security Symposium brought scientists, policy influencers, investors and citizens together at Texas A&M University in… Read More →

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Symposium: The Use of R/qtl, MAGIC QTL Populations and Genomic Selection in Plant Breeding

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Thursday, September 3, 2015 1:00 – 5:30 PM Rudder Tower, Room 301 401 Joe Routt Blvd. Friday, September 11, 2015 9:30 – 11:00 AM The AgriLife Center 1538 John Kimbrough Blvd. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas Innovative technologies must be utilized to increase crop productivity to meet the grand challenge of providing affordable food, feed, fiber, bioenergy, and greenspace for a global population of nine billion. The vast availability of genomic resources and tools is leading to a new revolution in plant and animal breeding, facilitating… Read More →

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2015 Soil & Crop Sciences Faculty Retreat REGISTRATION August 5 – 7, 2015

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From drought to rust, Texas A&M wheat breeders prepare for the elements

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Amir Ibrahim, 979-845-8274, aibrahim@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The wheat breeding program in Texas is very diverse, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists learn something every year from the changing environment. For the past four years, it was about drought; this year, with the moisture, it’s about rust. “We have to test a lot of environments,” said Dr. Jackie Rudd, AgriLife Research wheat breeder in Amarillo. “Before we release a new variety, it has been through at least… Read More →

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High-Throughput Plant Phenotyping and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Agriculture Workshop, August 17-18, 2015

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Memorial Student Center – Gates Ballroom – Room 2400 Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas The High-Throughput Plant Phenotyping (HTPP) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in Agriculture Workshop will be held on August 17-18, 2015. The goal of this workshop is to provide attendees an expert overview and keen practical insights into these two related and very timely research topics. Day 1 will feature speakers who are leaders in both fields and will focus on how UAVs and high-resolution remote sensing as well as automated sensor platforms can be used to efficiently measure… Read More →

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New crop technology on display at Grow Smart Field Tour

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Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Rotation of crops and herbicides, as well as new technology, were on display at the recent 2015 Grow Smart Field Tour held at the Texas A&M Field Laboratory near College Station. The crop tour showcased field trials conducted by BASF, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Producers, crop consultants, agri-chemical distributors and academic professionals were on hand to view eight different stops, where they were introduced to new technology and emerging issues affecting crops such as… Read More →

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The first annual 4H Roundup Turfgrass Science Workshop

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It was a GREAT day for turf in Texas, as the Texas A&M Soil and Crop Science Turfgrass Program hosted its first annual 4H Roundup Turfgrass Science Workshop.  In addition to a visit to the Turfgrass Research Field Laboratory, students were given a tour of Olsen Field by Nick McKenna, as well as the newly renovated Texas A&M Campus Golf Course by course superintendent Steven Chernosky.  The tour rounded out with a 3-person team putting competition.  A great time was had by all!

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Phenotyping wheat breeding lines takes on new look

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AgriLife Research program designs time-saving machine Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Srirama Krishna Reddy, 806-677-5600, skreddy@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Gathering millions of data points from thousands of wheat breeding lines across Texas is now as simple as riding a bike – or pushing one, in this case. Dr. Jackie Rudd, Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat breeder, and Dr. Srirama Krishna Reddy, assistant research scientist, both in Amarillo, said their new walk-behind phenotyper is still a work in progress with respect to data… Read More →

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Department of Soil and Crop Sciences in Mexico

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Drs.Terry Gentry and Steve Hague recently traveled to the new Hacienda Santa Clara center near San Miguel de Allende. The purpose of their trip was to develop teaching and research programs for the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences in Mexico. They were accompanied on their trip by Drs. Julie Howe (’95) and Beth Guertal from Auburn University. During their trip, they met with faculty from the Universidad of Guanajuato, toured a vegetable canning factory, and visited one of the Mexico’s largest vegetable farms. Dr. Hague will be… Read More →

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Annual wheat field day set for May 21 at Bushland research facilities

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New varieties, food quality and dual-purpose management highlight agenda Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Qingwu Xue, 806-354-5803, QXue@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Wheat updates on everything from new varieties to food quality to dual-purpose management will be highlighted at the annual Wheat Field Day on May 21 near Bushland. The free event will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. in the Porter Wheat Building at the Conservation and Production Laboratory, which is operated by Texas A&M AgriLife Research… Read More →

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