Agriculture


(Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Adam Russell) A beekeeper tends to one of 68 bee colonies staged for honey production and pollination near a 90-acre field of Silver River Sweetclover being grown for seed production.
• Texas Crop and Weather Report Texas remained sixth in the nation for honey production in 2019, and is home to thousands of overwintering hives that contribute to the nation’s agricultural economy each growing season, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife...

Four webinars related to beef cattle production will be offered by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in October and November. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Jim Wells, Kenedy/Kleberg, Nueces and San Patricio counties will host the “Show Me the Money” beef cattle production webinar series from 6-8 p.m. on four consecutive Tuesdays from Oct. 26 to Nov. 16. “These webinars, presented by AgriLife...

(Texas A&M Agrilife Photo) The Northeast Panhandle Beef Conference will focus on selling beef directly to consumers.
• Speakers to discuss legalities, management on Oct. 21 in Perryton The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Northeast Panhandle Beef Conference will focus on selling beef directly to the consumer. The event will be Oct. 21 at the Ochiltree County Expo Center, 402 Expo Drive in Perryton....

The Leach Teaching Gardens — a 7-acre demonstration garden — at The Gardens at Texas A&M University is an example of an informal learning institution. Here pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students are being taught about pollinators, vegetable gardens and healthy eating. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo)
• Study illustrates need for more informal learning opportunities for micropolitan areas, Indigenous groups A team of researchers at Texas A&M University and Colorado State University found that micropolitan and high-poverty counties and certain communities of people—specifically Indigenous...
Locusts have a reputation of biblical proportions. Certain species of grasshoppers that are typically solitary and harmless can suddenly swarm and consume entire crops, including plants that support livestock. Large swarms can destroy livelihoods for farmers and entire communities’ food supply.That...
Texas peanut harvest is underway, and producers are expecting lower per-acre yields than last season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.Emi Kimura, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension agronomist and state peanut specialist, Vernon, said peanut acres were up, but that she expected...

Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter. The range and wildlife series will cover a variety of topics, including feral hogs.
• AgriLife Extension webinars to cover predators, feral hogs, deer management The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a free four-part webinar series that will cover a variety of range and wildlife topics starting Sept. 30.  The series will run on Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-noon...

Texas Water Resources Institute photo. Saurav Kumar, Ph.D., readies an unmanned aerial vehicle for use in gathering data for his research.
• Texas A&M AgriLife scientist uses coding, drones, high-tech tools to collect ‘big data’ on farms, water bodies Saurav Kumar, Ph.D., always knew he would go into science, engineering and computing. There was no question.“My dad was an electronic engineer/scientist,” he said. “Seeing him was...

Texas A&M AgriLife experts will cover hay production topics in Burnet County on Oct. 8.
• AgriLife Extension event to cover insect management, perennial grasses The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the 2020 Central Texas Hay Production Workshop on Oct. 8 in Burnet. The event will run from 9 a.m.-noon at the AgriLife Extension office of Burnet County, 607 N....
With the help of a new $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Texas A&M AgriLife researchers will collaborate to elevate phenotyping for plant science and improving plant growth predictions. Seth Murray, Ph.D., Texas A&M...

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