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Texas A&M study examines producers’ soil health decisions

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Farmers are aware of the benefits of soil health. However, the difficulty in quantifying soil health, diminishing availability of land that results in higher land prices, the time necessary to improve soil health, and the need to turn a profit often discourage farmers from adopting soil health promoting practices. Dr. Erin Kiella, an assistant research economist with the Real Estate ... Read More »

Wild hogs aren’t just a rural problem; they’re invading urban areas too

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Whether you call them wild pigs or feral hogs, they are no longer just a rural problem, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Wild pigs cause more than $52 million in agricultural damage in Texas annually, said Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Thrall. But it’s their encroachment into increasingly urbanized areas that is becoming a ... Read More »

Study suggests growth-stage-based irrigation strategies for higher yields

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Cotton is sensitive to water stress at different growth stages, needing water at specific times to produce a high-yielding crop. A Texas A&M AgriLife Research study investigated the best strategies to improve irrigation water-use efficiency while maintaining high yields. “Evaluation of crop-growth-stage-based deficit irrigation strategies for cotton production in the Southern High Plains,” was authored by AgriLife Research researchers Srinivasulu ... Read More »

‘Focus On Cotton’ webinar looks at no-till and cover crops in Texas cotton

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Dr. Paul DeLaune, an associate professor of environmental soil science with Texas A& AgriLife Research in Vernon, Texas, will host a 39-minute webinar titled “Implementing No-till and Cover Crops in Texas Cotton Systems.” During the presentation, he will discuss no-till, cover crops, regenerative agriculture and soil biology. Implementation of conservation practices has typically lagged in cotton compared to other major ... Read More »

Cotton prices low amid poor market conditions

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Texas cotton growers face poor prices amid high domestic and foreign production, coupled with weakening demand, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension cotton marketing specialist, College Station, said low cotton prices and unfavorable market conditions are making the 2019 growing season a difficult one for Texas producers. Cotton futures have settled around 65 ... Read More »

Texas A&M Sets Rolling Plains Field Day For Sept. 24

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The annual Rolling Plains Summer Field Day, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Vernon, is set for Sept. 24 at the agency’s Chillicothe Research Station, 1340 Farm-to-Market Road 392, Chillicothe. The free program will begin with registration at 8 a.m. followed by the field tour from 9-11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served, and three general ... Read More »

Cotton Blue Disease Discovered In Central Texas

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A new viral disease of cotton found in recent years in several southeastern U.S. states has now been confirmed in Texas. The disease, cotton blue disease, was observed recently in a cotton field in Central Texas where multiple off-type plants were noted by a research group headed by Dr. David Stelly, a cotton breeder in the Department of Soil and ... Read More »