Students selected as SEED ambassadors

Three graduate students from the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences have been selected to take part in the Scientists Engaging and Educating Decision-makers (SEED) Ambassador program. Holly Lane, a Master’s student under the supervision of Dr. Seth Murray; Mark McDonald, a doctoral student under the supervision of Drs. Katie Lewis and Terry Gentry; and Rahul Raman, a doctoral student under Drs. Nithya Rajan and Haly Neely, will be representing Texas A&M and our department for the next year. The SEED Ambassador program is a… Read More →

New St. Augustinegrass hybrids highlighted at annual turfgrass field day

Turfgrass needs to be drought tolerant, shade tolerant and disease resistant in order to thrive in Texas. A Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass breeder discussed genetically engineered St. Augustinegrass events and hybrids bred to meet these criteria during the recent Texas A&M AgriLife Turfgrass Field Day in College Station. Ambika Chandra, Ph.D., a turfgrass breeder in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences based at the AgriLife research and extension center in Dallas, and Lucas Freshour, from Scotts Miracle-Gro, are working together to test Pro-Vista St. Augustinegrass for… Read More →

Engelke receives 2019 turfgrass Breeder’s Cup

Dr. Milt Engelke, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, will receive the Turfgrass Breeders Association’s Breeders Cup Award during the Agronomy Society of America meeting in San Antonio November 13. Engelke earned the honor for his work on Diamond zoysiagrass, released in 1996 under U.S. plant patent 10,636. “We are very fortunate to have leaders and visionaries like Dr. Engelke in the turfgrass industry who have laid a strong foundation for a strong future,” said Dr. Ambika Chandra, Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass breeder… Read More →

Aggie soil team headed to Nationals

The Texas A&M University Soil Judging Team represented well at the Region IV Collegiate Soils Judging contest hosted by the University of Arkansas in October. The team placed third overall, and placed 2nd in the pit. They will now advance to the national contest at the Ohio State University in April, 2020. The team consists of Kade Flynn, a junior Geology major; Nickolas Frisbee, a senior Plant and Environmental Soil Science (PSSC) major; Cody Garcia, a senior PSSC major; Marcus Rose, a senior Forestry major; Ashtyn Stufflebeam, a… Read More →

Redmon among Texas A&M honorees at annual crop, soil science conferences

Writer: Kay Ledbetter A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service leader will be honored along with other Texas A&M faculty and students for their professional achievements Nov. 10-13 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio. The recognitions will be made by the Crop Sciences Society of America, or CSSA; the American Society of Agronomy, or ASA; and the Soil Sciences Society of America, or SSSA, during their annual conference. ASA Fellow Larry Redmon, Ph.D., will be named an ASA Fellow on Nov. 12. Redmon is the associate… Read More →

In Memory – Dr. Page W. Morgan, 1933-2019

Dr. Page W. Morgan, retired Professor in the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, passed away peacefully in Abilene, Texas, on Friday, Sept. 27. He was 86 years old. Page Wesley Morgan was born on April 3, 1933, to Vernon Page Ikard Morgan and Guy Wesley Morgan, in Phoenix, Arizona, while they were living in a tent city for Depression-era migrants. When his parents returned with him to Texas, he spent his childhood in Wichita Falls and Iowa Park, where he attended school. While in… Read More →

Verhoef joins soil and crop sciences faculty

There is a new face in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences! Aart Verhoef, Ph.D., has joined us as an assistant professor of biophotonics, based in College Station. A native of Holland, Verhoef earned his Master of Science in Physics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and his Ph.D. in Physics from Ludwig Maximilians Universität (LMU) Munich. While his degrees were in physics, Verhoef also did considerable work on laser development. When he looked for real world applications for lasers, he found biophotonics. “Biophotonics is basically the study of… Read More →

Texas A&M-bred sorghum now on the cereal aisle

By: Kay Ledbetter Texas A&M AgriLife sorghum research may be known for its development of sorghum for animal feed and energy sectors, but cereal eaters across the nation are learning about its contributions to healthier human foods. “We were targeting the health-food market when we developed the black grain sorghum hybrid Onyx in 2012,” said Bill Rooney, Ph.D., AgriLife Research sorghum breeder and Borlaug-Monsanto Chair for Plant Breeding and International Crop Improvement in the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, College Station. The Onyx hybrid… Read More →

Soil and crop student interning in Washington D.C.

Ashley Carter, a senior in the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, is one of 11 Aggie students spending the fall semester in Washington D.C. as part of the Agricultural & Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Internship Program. Carter is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Plant and Environmental Soil Science – Crops Emphasis, with a minor in Agricultural Economics. She expects to graduate in May 2020, after which she plans to pursue a career in international trade analysis and policy making. She is spending the… Read More →

Texas A&M-bred zoysia turf varieties tested in High Plains climate

By: Kay Ledbetter A turfgrass project aimed at finding a water-smart alternative to Bermuda and fescue grasses for the High Plains has been installed in front of the 1938-vintage “white house” at Bushland. The original headquarters of the Conservation and Production Research Laboratory, this facility is now jointly operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The project, titled Zoysia Turfgrasses for Residential and Commercial Landscapes in the Texas Panhandle, will be conducted by Dr. Brent Auvermann, AgriLife Research center director, Amarillo;… Read More →