Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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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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Society will focus on educating the public about this precious natural resource Dec. 2, 2014–The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) at the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. In celebration, the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is coordinating a series of activities throughout 2015 to educate the public about the importance of this precious natural resource. “When GSP recognized the urgent need to raise awareness and promote sustainability of our limited soil resources by designating 2015 International Year… Read More →

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Texas A&M University Plant Breeding Symposium 2015

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The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences would like to invite everyone to attend the inaugural Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium, a one-day research conference for plant breeding, genetics, and related sciences. This year’s theme is Plant Breeding in the Modern Era. World-renown scientists will travel to College Station to share their research on high throughput phenotyping, genomic selection, and resistance breeding. The Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium will take place on Thursday, February 19, 2015, from 8:30 AM to  5:00 PM in the Memorial Student Center Bethancourt Ballroom… Read More →

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Sunflower producer/industry update meeting set Dec. 19 in Dalhart

Dr. Calvin Trostle, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Lubbock, checks on a sunflower research plot in Moore County. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Mike Bragg, 806-244-4434, Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, DALHART – Sunflower producers can update their crop production expertise and learn about opportunities for sunflower cropping in 2015 at a meeting Dec. 19 in Dalhart, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. “We wanted to provide information to help West Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle sunflower producers make better crop management decisions,” said Mike Bragg, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Dallam and Hartley counties.   The update will begin at 11 a.m…. Read More →

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AgriLife Extension expert cautious about plant growth regulators for wheat

Producers question whether plant growth regulators have a place on the High Plains for wheat. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Jourdan Bell, 806-341-8925, AMARILLO – Plant growth regulators are nothing new for cotton farmers, but they are of recent interest to some wheat producers who are questioning their efficiency and economics, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Amarillo. Bell, speaking at the recent Focus on Wheat meeting during the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show, said plant growth regulators have been used on wheat in Europe for some time. There was some interest in the High Plains on plant… Read More →

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Texas crop, weather for Dec. 3, 2014


Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, Contacts: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5663, Mark Kelley, 806-746-6101, Dr. David Drake, (325) 653-4576 /230, Dr. Gaylon Morgan, 979-845-0870, Cotton harvesting still running late in Texas High Plains, West Central Rolling Plains Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION — Cotton was late to mature throughout the state this year, but timely rains and favorable conditions during the fall resulted in a good year for many growers, according to Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state cotton specialist, College Station. Central Texas, South Texas and Coastal Bend cotton fields… Read More →

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AgriLife Extension’s on-farm cotton variety trials available


Data gathered from South, Central and East Texas regions Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Gaylon Morgan, 979-845-0870, COLLEGE STATION – The annual “Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluation (RACE) for South, East and Central Regions of Texas” trial results are available to producers, according to Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state cotton specialist in College Station. “The sole objective of these trials is to provide cotton producers, consultants and the seed industry of the state with high quality and local cotton variety results,” Morgan said. “These… Read More →

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‘Texas-bred’ wheat traits headed to Africa

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat genetics crew gathered biomass samples from the 2014 research plots west of Amarillo. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Dr. Shuyu Liu)

AgriLife Research study develops international collaboration to fight drought Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, Dr. Amir Ibrahim, 979-845-8274, Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, Silvano Ocheya, COLLEGE STATION – Texas-bred wheat, by way of Amarillo and College Station, will find tiny bits of itself in new breeds of spring wheat in Africa in the near future. Dr. Shuyu Liu, Dr. Amir Ibrahim, Dr. Jackie Rudd and Dr. Qingwu Xue – all Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat program leaders – have been working to strengthen wheat varieties… Read More →

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Turfgrass Management Plays a Major Role On and Off the Field


Whether it’s a football field, a golf course, a city park, or a homeowner’s lawn, turfgrass science plays a key role in keeping players, citizens and the environment safe and happy. Because of the major role that turf plays in our world, it is no wonder that the turfgrass program within the department of soil and crop sciences is a rising star. Assistant professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Turfgrass Specialist Dr. Casey Reynolds said that as the global population increases and the shift from rural to urban… Read More →

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