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Texas AgriLife agronomist is on a mission to halt rural COVID-19 spread

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Dr. Calvin Trostle, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agronomist in Lubbock, is a regular fixture on many agriculture radio programs in and around the center of the South Plains. His message, however, is reaching farther than ever as stations share his message with dozens of their nationwide syndicated affiliates. Given his broad platform, Trostle decided it was time to discuss something ... Read More »

Texas A&M to host online early season cotton conference, April 8

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding an online early season cotton conference on April 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the web conferencing platform Zoom. The cost is $10. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/101212364908, and pay with a credit card online. Once registration and payment are complete, participants will get a Zoom link to the online meeting. Participants ... Read More »

Ben McKnight joins Texas A&M AgriLife as statewide cotton specialist

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• By Kay Ledbetter • Dr. Ben McKnight returned to familiar territory as he assumed the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide cotton specialist position, April 1. He is based at the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at College Station. Dr. Larry Redmon, associate department head and AgriLife Extension program leader for the department, said the ... Read More »

Winter rains helped replenished soil profile in much of Texas

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Good rains last fall filled soil moisture profiles for much of the state and set up a good yield potential for Texas farmers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock, said lines between areas with plenty of good soil moisture and those dealing with drought were distinct. Big rains in the ... Read More »

Northern High Plains cotton acres more than double in past 5 years

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• By Kay Ledbetter • Cotton acreage continues to boom in the Texas High Plains north of Interstate 40, more than doubling in the past five years. Whether that is due to water savings or projections for improved profitability, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists don’t foresee a slowdown in growth in the near future. Since 2013, there has been ... Read More »