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New app development could aid crop irrigation management

cotton irrigation

• 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 »

Meet The New Cotton Guys

new cotton guys

Editor’s note: Two new cotton specialists, Drs. Ben McKnight and Brian Pieralisi, have been appointed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Mississippi State Extension Service, respectively. Be sure to check out their comments each month in our Specialists Speaking department. Ben McKnight Ben McKnight’s acceptance of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide cotton specialist position is a return ... Read More »

It’s big, but it’s not a ‘murder hornet’

cicada killer wasp

Texas A&M AgriLife experts say Texans mistakenly identifying cicada killer wasps as Asian giant hornets. • By Kay Ledbetter • Since the release of information about Asian giant hornets, Texas A&M AgriLife entomologists are being inundated with cicada killers and other lookalike insects submitted for identification as a possible “murder hornet,” which thus far has only been found in Washington ... Read More »

Texas native returns to lead the Semi-Arid Agricultural Systems Institute

craig bednarz

A regional native and nationally prominent researcher in plant breeding has been hired as the director of the Semi-Arid Agricultural Systems Institute at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Dr. Craig Bednarz, an Idalou native, began May 1 in a joint appointment by West Texas A&M, Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Amarillo and the Texas A&M University Department of ... Read More »

Texas A&M AgriLife creates ‘murder hornet’ task force

murder hornet pinned

At the request of Gov. Greg Abbott, a specialized task force led by Texas A&M AgriLife experts is spearheading an initiative to protect Texas citizens, agriculture and honey bees if the “murder hornet,” or Asian giant hornet, arrives in the state. A giant invasive hornet was sighted several times in northwestern Washington state and Canada in late 2019, causing concern ... Read More »