TAMU Crops Judging team competed at the NACTA judging competition

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The Texas A&M Crops Judging team recently competed at the North American College and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) judging competition. More than 800 students representing 36 universities and colleges gathered in Moline, Illinois, to participate in several agriculture contests hosted by Blackhawk College. In the crops contest, students are tested on plant and seed identification; their understanding of insects, diseases and equipment related to crops; agronomy related math; and general agronomy management techniques. This year’s team members were Daniel Hillin, David Cottrell, Rory Tucker, and Matthew Wilhelm. The… Read More →

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Wet weather may trigger serious wheat rust issues — or maybe not

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Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. David Drake, 325-653-4576, d-drake@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The prime wheat growing conditions throughout much of Texas this season should be a boon to most producers, but it could prove to be a bust for those not watching their crop closely, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “Growing conditions for wheat have been excellent through the winter, but moist conditions also brought disease,” said Dr. David Drake, AgriLife Extension agronomist at San Angelo. “The potential for an outbreak of rust,… Read More →

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Natural resources, wildlife workshop set April 23-24 in Kerrville

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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 Dr. Rick Machen, 830-278-9151, r-machen@tamu.edu KERRVILLE – An extensive educational program on managing natural resources and wildlife is set for April 23-24 at the Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center in Kerrville. The conference, which will begin on April 23 with a 7:30 a.m. registration, is funded by the Ruth and Eskel Bennett Endowment and hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Most landowners will benefit from the discussions on estate planning, elder law,… Read More →

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New AgriLife Extension agronomist hired for Rolling Plains

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Emi Kimura, 940-552-9941, emi.kimura@ag.tamu.edu VERNON – Dr. Emi Kimura has been hired as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist to serve the Rolling Plains area, and she will office at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center south of Vernon. Dr. Emi Kimura has been hired as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist to serve the Rolling Plains area, and she will office at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center south of Vernon. (Texas… Read More →

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Sorghum pricing offers producers opportunity to maximize profits

Like most grain sorghum in the South Plains in August, this Hale County hybrid forage seed production field was in excellent shape due to recent rains. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Calvin Trostle)

Experts: Water management key to profitability Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, Jourdan.Bell@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Dana Porter, 806-746-6101, dporter@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Calvin Trostle, 806-746-6101, ctrostle@ag.tamu.edu DIMMITT – Higher prices for grain sorghum due to greater overseas demand from China are creating an opportunity for producers if the crop is properly managed, according to several Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. “What’s happening in the sorghum market is a surprise and is exciting for producers,” said Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo. “The Chinese market… Read More →

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Results of annual Texas wheat producer survey released

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Clark Neely, 979-845-3041, cneely@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Results from Texas wheat producers who were surveyed in December and January regarding the number of acres of wheat planted and to be planted by variety for the 2015 crop year are now available. The survey was coordinated between the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Agricultural Statistics Service. Funding was provided by the Texas Wheat Producers Association, Texas Foundation Seed Service and Texas Seed Trade Association. Survey results are provided in… Read More →

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AgriLife Research study opens doors for increases in Texas corn yields, aflatoxin resistance

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Seth Murray, 979-845-3469, sethmurray@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A ground-breaking Texas A&M AgriLife Research-led study on corn has identified useful gene variations for yield increases, drought tolerance and aflatoxin resistance that could make a real difference to Texas producers in the years to come, according to researchers. The study, titled “Genome Wide Association Study for Drought, Aflatoxin Resistance, and Important Agronomic Traits of Maize Hybrids in the Sub-Tropics” was recently published in PLOS ONE, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. The study… Read More →

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ASA News: Back to basics: Breeding plants for organic agriculture

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Around 10,000 BC, the dawn of the Agricultural Revolution, human societies began domesticating wild plants. For the next 12,000 years, farming relied exclusively on natural inputs, such as animal manure and compost. The first synthetic fertilizers and pesticides were developed only about 100 years ago but quickly became mainstays of “conventional” farming. In 1992, virtually all of the 460 million acres of U.S. cropland—all but 0.001%—were conventionally managed. About this same time, however, a new trend emerged, marked by growing interest in traditional and innovative farming practices that… Read More →

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Texas crop, weather for March 10, 2015

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Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu Dr. Gaylon Morgan, 979-845-0870, gmorgan@ag.tamu.edu Expert: Continued wet weather will affect sorghum and cotton planting acreages Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — By delaying corn planting, wet weather could mean more grain sorghum and cotton will be planted than earlier predicted, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. In early February, the National Cotton Council was predicting a large reduction in Texas cotton acreages planted – nearly 14 percent, according to Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist. In… Read More →

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New Texas Crops Newsletter offered by AgriLife Extension

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Gaylon Morgan, 979-845-0870, gmorgan@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is now offering a monthly Texas Crops Newsletter to provide timely and multi-discipline crop management information to Texas producers, consultants and allied industries. The inaugural newsletter was distributed Feb. 13, and each of the following newsletters will be distributed electronically, said Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist in College Station. Anyone who would like to get the newsletter via email can subscribe by going to http://agrilife.org/texasrowcrops/… Read More →

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