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Texas A&M plans fall CEU conference for Robstown, Oct. 15

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a fall CEU conference Oct. 15 in Robstown. The conference will be from 8 a.m.-2:40 p.m. CDT at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd. Both in-person and virtual participation options are available. “The Fall CEU Conference is an excellent opportunity for Coastal Bend producers to receive relevant and ... Read More »

Putting Drone Images To Work For Cotton

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• By Christi Short, Lubbock, Texas • If you’re anything like me, you’ve been noticing more and more people taking up the hobby of picture taking with a drone — also known as an unmanned aerial vehicle. This method of capturing images seems to be gaining momentum, especially in farming communities. I love seeing these aerial images posted on social ... Read More »

Hurricane Hanna devastates Texas Rio Grande cotton

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Cotton producers in the Rio Grande Valley took a devastating hit from Hurricane Hanna, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Other row crops like corn and sorghum were harvested before the storm arrived, but some alternative crops like sesame and citrus experienced damages as well. Dr. Holly Davis, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Weslaco, said Hurricane Hanna took an ... Read More »

Industry News — August 2020

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Stewart Named Director Of UT’s West Tennesse Ag Center An entomologist well known to row crop producers throughout the South, Scott D. Stewart has been named the director of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson, Tennessee. Stewart, who currently serves in Jackson as a University of Tennessee Extension specialist in integrated pest management and professor in the ... Read More »

Mystery seeds arrive in Texas

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• By Kay Ledbetter • Texas residents are now among those across the nation receiving mysterious seeds delivered by mail in tiny bags marked as jewelry. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are on alert because these seeds are unsolicited. Dr. Kevin Ong, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist and director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in College ... Read More »

Texas conditions drying due to higher temperatures, less rain

Above average temperatures are exacerbating drier-than-normal conditions around the state, said the state’s climatologist. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reports and experts say the hot, dry conditions are taking a toll on soil moisture levels and crops in areas that missed spotty rainfall this spring and early summer. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, director of the Texas Center for Climate Studies at ... Read More »

New app development could aid crop irrigation management

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• By Kay Ledbetter • Texas A&M AgriLife is developing an inexpensive and easy-to-use mobile app and irrigation management system to help agricultural producers increase water-use efficiency and continue producing cotton. The new project is funded by the Texas A&M Water Seed Grant Initiative and is titled “A Novel Sensor- and Crop-Model-Based Decision Support Tool for Efficient Irrigation Management.” The ... Read More »