Texas A&M soil and crop researchers, students recognized with awards

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Seth Murray, 979-845-3469, sethmurray@tamu.edu Dr. Frank Hons, 979-845-3477, f-hons@tamu.edu Dr. David Baltensperger, 979-845-3041, dbaltensperger@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Scientists and students with Texas A&M University’s department of soil and crop sciences and Texas A&M AgriLife Research will be recognized for their outstanding research during the annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America. The societies will recognize the individuals at special awards ceremonies Nov. 2-5 in Long Beach, California. Dr. David Baltensperger, Texas A&M soil and… Read More →

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AgriLife Research scientist named Crop Science Society of America Fellow

James Muir

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu Contact: 254-968-4144, extension 207, j-muir@tamu.edu Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu STEPHENVILLE — Dr. James P. Muir, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant scientist Stepenville, has been named a Crop Science Society of America Fellow for 2014. The award will be formally presented at the society’s annual meeting, which will be held Nov. 3 in Long Beach, California. Being named a fellow is the highest honor bestowed on member scientists, according to award documentation. Society members nominate colleagues based upon their professional achievements and meritorious service. Only about… Read More →

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B.B. Singh and His Quest to Make Cowpea the Food Legume of the 21st Century


In 1944, the year Bir Bahadur (B.B.) Singh was born in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, Indian agriculture was in shambles. During nearly 200 years of British rule, the country’s agricultural enterprise had been turned over to commodities such as cotton, indigo, and sugarcane for export; what little food was grown hinged on rainfall and the soil’s natural fertility—or lack of it. Crop yields were often abysmal as a result, and famine was common. So when India won independence from Britain in 1947, the Indian government… Read More →

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Texas crop, weather for Oct. 7, 2014

In the Little River Bottom area in Milam County, northwest of College Station, rows of round cotton modules await delivery to a local gin. This field averaged more than three bales per acre, according to Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide cotton specialist, College Station. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Gaylon Morgan)

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Gaylon Morgan, 979-845-0870, gmorgan@ag.tamu.edu Mark Kelley, 806-746-6101, MKelley@ag.tamu.edu Some Gulf Coast and Central Texas cotton yields two to four bales per acre High Plains Cotton ‘chugging along’ Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – While nearly all Gulf Coast and Central Texas cotton has been harvested, much of the Texas High Plains cotton is still two weeks away, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomists. Rain delayed the cotton harvest in the upper Gulf Coast and parts of the Blackland region for a while,… Read More →

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Students Receive Scholarships at H2O 4 Texas Conference


The H2O 4 Texas meeting, recently held in Ft. Worth, Texas, invited three undergraduate students from the department of soil and crop sciences to attend and participate in the discussion of water conservation issues. The meeting was hosted by the H2O 4 Texas Coalition and the three students from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that attended received Texas Seed Trade Association scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. The students that attended the H2O 4 Texas conference were Shelby Redgate, (Joseph) Eric Evans and Ana Sophia Corona… Read More →

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AgriLife Research sets sugarcane field day for Oct. 8 in Weslaco

Dr. Jorge da Silva, sugarcane breeder at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco, examines possible new varieties of sugarcane at the center’s new crossbreeding facilities. A tour of the facility and a review of future sugarcane varieties adapted for area growers will be featured at the annual Sugarcane Field Day to be held Oct. 8. at the center’s annex farm. (AgriLife Communications photo by Rod Santa Ana)

Writer: Rod Santa Ana, 956-878-8317, r-santaana@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Jorge da Silva, 956-968-5581, jadasilva@tamu.edu WESLACO  – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco will  be hosting a sugarcane field day from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 8, according to Dr. Jorge da Silva, an AgriLife Research sugarcane breeder at the center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the center’s annex farm, located 1 mile north of Expressway 83 on Mile 2 West Road. “The emphasis of this year’s sugarcane field day will be to provide information to growers and the public… Read More →

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Seth Murray Receives 2014 CSSA Young Crop Scientist Award


Dr. Seth Murray, an associate professor in the Soil and Crop Sciences Department, was honored with the 2014 Crop Science Society of America Young Scientist Award. This award is designed to recognize young crop scientists who have made an outstanding contribution in any area of crop science by the age of 40. Dr. Murray holds a B.S. from Michigan State University, and received his Ph.D from Cornell University in 2008. At Texas A&M, he directs a program on quantitative genetic discovery and applied maize breeding. His research includes… Read More →

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Texas crop, weather for Sept. 30, 2014


Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Larry Redmon, 979-845-4826, l-redmon@tamu.edu State hay supplies range from surplus to practically non-existent Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – What is the status of statewide hay supplies? It depends upon where you are, according to Dr. Larry Redmon, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state forage specialist, College Station. East of U.S. Interstate 35, all the way to San Antonio, and northeast of Interstate 37 to Corpus Christi, the rains have generally been significant throughout the season, and supplies are good, Redmon… Read More →

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Muir selected 2014 Crop Science Society of America Fellow

Dr. James P. Muir

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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