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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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

plant breeding symposium

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, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Mike Bragg, 806-244-4434, mhbragg@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu 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, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Jourdan Bell, 806-341-8925, bell0316@tamu.edu 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, rd-burns@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5663, jourdan.bell@ag.tamu.edu Mark Kelley, 806-746-6101, MKelley@ag.tamu.edu Dr. David Drake, (325) 653-4576 /230, DRDrake@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Gaylon Morgan, 979-845-0870, gmorgan@ag.tamu.edu Cotton harvesting still running late in Texas High Plains, West Central Rolling Plains Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu 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, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Gaylon Morgan, 979-845-0870, gmorgan@ag.tamu.edu 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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