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Digital agriculture connects dots for crop improvement

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• By Paul Schattenberg • Crop production is getting a boost thanks to high-tech methods of collecting, managing and analyzing data that are being used by Texas A&M AgriLife researchers and others. “Researchers with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, along with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agents and experts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Purdue University, have been creating a ... Read More »

2020 ends with optimism, but new COVID-19 variant casts shadow

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• By Seshadri Ramkumar • As COVID-19 has affected the normal life and the economy, how have the cotton and textile sectors fared? The year was supposed to end with a positive news that two vaccines have been approved for mass inoculation. But the new variant of SARS-CoV-2, which has shown up recently in the United Kingdom, is causing genuine ... Read More »

Nueces/San Patricio County, Texas, Field Crop Symposium moves online

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Due to COVID-19 concerns, this year’s Nueces/San Patricio County Field Crop Symposium on Jan. 7 will be by virtual participation only. “Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units have been requested for participants, and we have also made a request for CEUs for certified crop advisers,” said Jason Ott, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent, Nueces County. “Most importantly, the ... Read More »

2 cotton farming couples vie for Texas Farm Bureau YF&R title

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Young farmers and ranchers are cultivating a bright future for Texas agriculture. This year’s Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher  finalists recognized by Texas Farm Bureau share a drive, dedication and passion for agriculture. Each year, TFB’s Outstanding YF&R competition recognizes the accomplishments of some of the state’s top agricultural leaders between the ages of 18 and 35. The YF&R contest ... Read More »

Cotton prices rebound, but supplies remain high

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Cotton prices recently bounced back following a steady fall driven by the pandemic’s effect on U.S. and global demand, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension cotton economist, Bryan-College Station, said the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture cotton estimate report, however, likely means prices won’t continue to climb. Robinson said cotton prices were ... Read More »

South Texas Reflections

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My father, David Fisher, was born in 1920 in Wichita County, Texas, and moved to Willacy County after serving in the U.S. Navy from 1940-1946. He was chief quarter-master on the Mahan-class USS Preston destroyer. A Japanese cruiser sent her to the bottom of the ocean off Guadalcanal Nov. 14, 1942. Dad lost more than half his shipmates. After 14.5 ... 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 »