A&M plant symposium debuts in MSC

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By Connor PaetzoldOn February 19, 2015 Graduate students had the opportunity to showcase their work and learn about new technologies Thursday at Texas A&M’s first Plant Breeding Symposium. Three graduate students had the opportunity to give speeches on their work at the symposium, and 28 other students displayed their work on poster boards for attendees to view. Francisco Gomez, plant breeding and genetics graduate student and one of the student speakers, said the symposium was a great opportunity for students to learn more about each other’s work. “You’ve… Read More →

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Silage trials show forage type and variety selection key to yield and quality


Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.Bell@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Ted McCollum, 806-677-5600, ft-mccollum@tamu.edu AMARILLO – Ongoing Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service sorghum silage trials have revealed forage type and variety are key considerations to optimizing both quantity and quality, according to two specialists. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, said the 2014 trials in Potter County under center pivot irrigation evaluated 90 forage sorghum silage varieties for optimal yield and quality. Bell said because silage is in high demand by both feedyards and… Read More →

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Local food training set for April 16 on Texas A&M campus

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Focus on cottage foods, organic certification and publications Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: John W. Smith, 979-845-2761, jwsmith@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A “Production, Marketing and Sales of Local Food” training will be held April 16 in the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM `56 Equine Complex at Texas A&M University in College Station. The event is jointly sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Service. “With the greater interest in local foods, increased science-based education is needed for all those… Read More →

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Spring Ranch Management University set for March 30-April 3

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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 COLLEGE STATION –The next Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Ranch Management University will be March 30-April 3, said Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist in College Station. The Ranch Management University is an intensive five-day event that targets new or inexperienced ranchers and landowners, Redmon said. It is held each spring and fall at the G. Rollie White Visitor’s Center, 7707 Raymond Stotzer Parkway on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. Registration is… Read More →

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AgriLife Research study: Water limiting factor to corn silage quality


Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5600, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Wenwei Xu, 806-746-6101, wxu@ag.tamu.edu Thomas Marek, 806-677-5600, t-marek@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Minimizing yield losses while reducing groundwater usage is a continual goal for Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists on the High Plains, where quantities of water from the Ogallala Aquifer are diminishing. That was the goal of a 2014 study led by Dr. Wenwei Xu, AgriLife Research corn breeder in Lubbock, and Thomas Marek, AgriLife Research irrigation engineer in Amarillo, and contributed to by Texas Tech University graduate students Karl Brauer and… Read More →

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Texas A&M to host Global Soil Security Symposium on May 19-21

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Cristine Morgan, 979-845-3603, cmorgan@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Global Soil Security Symposium will be held May 19-21 on the Texas A&M University campus as a part of the declaration of 2015 as the International Year of Soils by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Global Soil Partnership. Dr. Cristine Morgan, Texas A&M department of soil and crop sciences professor and a co-chair for the event, said the program will be full of experts and innovative thinkers from a range of… Read More →

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Future Texas A&M crop breeding to place greater emphasis on marker-assisted technology


Expert: Advanced technology needed to feed and clothe growing population Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. David Baltensperger, 979-845-3041, dbaltensperger@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop scientists will make a strong push in the coming years to increase food and feed production using marker-assisted breeding programs, according to Dr. David Baltensperger, head of the department of soil and crop sciences in College Station. “We’ve had tremendous advances in our understanding of molecular genetics in the past few years,” Baltensperger said. “And… Read More →

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2014 Soil & Crop Science Departmental Awards – photos are available


The Soil and Crop Sciences Department held their annual meeting on January 7th 2015 where department leadership commended students, faculty, Extension and staff for their hard work during 2014. Awards were given to outstanding members in the department honoring their support and research. Congratulations to our 2014 award recipients and thank you to everyone in the Soil and Crop Sciences department for your support and dedication! Click here to see the photos.

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Turfgrass short course to be offered in Austin Feb. 16-20


Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Casey Reynolds, 979-845-0603, casey.reynolds@ag.tamu.edu AUSTIN – A five-day Turfgrass Ecology and Management Short Course presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be held Feb. 16-20 at the Travis County East Service Center, 6011 Blue Bluff Road, Austin. Dr. Casey Reynolds, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist in College Station, will present the educational workshop for anyone interested in the fundamentals of turfgrass physiology and management. “This course is designed for professional turfgrass managers as well as anyone else in the green… Read More →

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Congratulations to our December graduates!


Ahmed Attia Mohamed, PhD, Agronomy Joshua Allan McGinty, PhD, Agronomy Dustin Walker Herb, MS, Plant Breeding Benjamin Tyler Meritt, MS, Plant Breeding Jiale Xu, MS, Plant Breeding Dianna Kathleen Bagnall, MS, Soil Science Michael Benjamin Alexander, PhD, Soil Science Katie Rothlisberger Lewis, PhD, Soil Science Ray Herbert Kamps, PhD, Water Management and Hydrological Science

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