Improving soil health, no-till practices topic of Aug. 14 four-county field day

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Paul DeLaune, 940-552-9941, pdelaune@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – A Rolling Plains field tour, “Practices to Improve Soil Health and Soil/Water Conservation,” will be held Aug. 14 by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service and local Soil and Water Conservation districts. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Punkin Center Volunteer Fire Department of Haynesville, located 0.3 miles south of the intersection of State Highway 240 and State Highway or 3 miles north of Electra. The tour will run… Read More →

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Texas crop, weather for July 22, 2014

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Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, VACorriher@ag.tamu.edu Hay situation good in east, southeast, iffy in others Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – While some parts of Texas have been lucky when it comes to hay production, others will likely have an expensive go at feeding cattle this winter, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “We’ve been blessed with rainfall during our spring and even during the mid-summer in East Texas,” said Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton. “So hay production in… Read More →

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Rainwater harvesting program Aug. 12 in Seguin should ‘capture’ interest

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Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, <ahref=”mailto:paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu”>paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Ward Ling, 979-945-6980, wling@ag.tamu.edu SEGUIN – The “Rainwater Harvesting for Homeowners” program will be held from 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 12 at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority’s River Annex, 905 Nolan St. in Seguin, said program coordinators. The training is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served. The program is a joint effort of the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Partnership, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, said Ward Ling, watershed coordinator… Read More →

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U.S. education provides stepping stone to agricultural advancement in developing countries

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Texas A&M student looks beyond classroom, lab Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, SLiu@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Amir Ibrahim, 979-845-8274, aibrahim@ag.tamu.edu Silvano Ocheya, sassanga@neo.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Silvano Ocheya is a long way from home. But it won’t be long before he returns to Kenya or another developing country in need of the new skills he’s learned in the U.S. “I hope to work in a developing country; not necessarily my country, but I have a passion to help make change in people’s lives. That’s my focus,” said Ocheya, a Texas… Read More →

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Miller elected to Texas Plant Protection Association Board of Directors

Dr. Travis Miller, interim associate director for state operations with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, has been elected to the board of directors with the Texas Plant Protection Association. (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications photo by Kathleen Phillips)

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Travis Miller, 979-845-7907, td-miller@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Travis Miller, interim associate director for state operations with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, has been elected to the board of directors for the Texas Plant Protection Association. “We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Miller join our group of outstanding leaders on the TPPA Board,” said Ray Smith, chairman of the Texas Plant Protection Association. “Travis is well known throughout Texas and has an extensive background in agronomy throughout the state.” Miller joined… Read More →

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Nourishing the Future of Soil Mineralogy

Dr. Joe B. Dixon (center) with the best presentation award
recipient Roberta McClure (left) and the travel grant recipient
Ana L. Barrientos Velazquez (right) at 2010 ASA, CSSA, and
SSSA Annual Meeting in Long Beach,CA.

Alexander Barton Director of Business Development abarton@sciencesocieties.org 608-273-8095 Almost 2,500 years ago, Plato, the philosopher who helped lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science said, “People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as person, or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.” Dr. Joe B. Dixon, Texas A&M University emeritus professor, is one of those people who nourishes others—especially students—as he continues to mentor and do research even though he has been retired for more than a decade. In honor of his many significant contributions in soil and clay… Read More →

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Summer Agriculture Update Meeting set for July 22 in Haskell

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Jason Westbrook, 940-864-2546, Jason.Westbrook@ag.tamu.edu HASKELL – A Summer Agriculture Update Meeting will be held on July 22 at the Haskell Expo Center, 200 South Ave. B in Haskell. The meeting will be sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Haskell County, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont and Farm Credit Bank. Registration is $10 and will begin at 8 a.m. The meeting will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and include lunch, according to Jason Westbrook, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Haskell County…. Read More →

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Crop Science Society of America Announces 2014 Award Recipient

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NEWS RELEASE by Crop Science Society Of America Contact: Sara Uttech, Senior Manager–Governance & Membership, 608-268-4948, suttech@sciencesocieties.org MADISON, WI, Jul 10, 2014 – The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) announces the following 2014 award recipient to be formally presented at the CSSA Awards Ceremony on 2014-11-03 during the scientific society’s International Annual Meeting, Nov. 2-5, 2014. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research. Adam L Mahan, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX – Gerald O. Mott… Read More →

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Big Country Wheat Conference set Aug. 14 in Abilene

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Farm bill interpretations will headline biennial event  Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Robert Pritz, 325-6726048, r-pritz@tamu.edu  ABILENE – Farm bill decision making will headline this year’s Big Country Wheat Conference, organizers said. The conference, conducted biennially by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be held Aug. 14 in the Big Country Hall located on the Taylor County Exposition Center grounds, 1982 Lytle Way in Abilene.  On-site registration will start at 8:30 a.m. The conference will start at 9 a.m. and end at 4:15 p.m.  “The current… Read More →

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Novel root scanning technique reveals underground plant traits

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June 24, 2014 by afernando Crop scientists can now study roots directly in the field without damaging or uprooting them. This revolutionary technique will help breed crop varieties with higher yield potential and drought tolerance. CIAT’s phenotyping platform is using the new tool – called “ground-penetrating radar (GPR )” – through a partnership with Texas A&M University, USA , and IDS North America Ltd. (Ingegneria Dei Sistemi), an Italian-based firm located in Canada, together with the Center’s Cassava Program. The electromagnetic imaging technique is commonly used to detect buried objects or hidden structures…. Read More →

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