Agriculture


Sugarcane aphid nymphs and an adult on a grain sorghum leaf. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Pat Porter)
• Sorghum producers see less damage by sugarcane aphids. Grain sorghum producers are reporting sugarcane aphids in the High Plains, but the pest has made little impact on the Texas crop during 2020, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. But forage sorghum, an increasingly...
• AgriLife Extension offers ‘food side’ education to ranching industry. For the first time since its creation in 1993, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Aggie Beef 706 program will be held virtually. Ranchers, educators and allied business people are invited to learn the same valuable...
Significant wildfire activity has increased statewide, and accelerated drying has elevated the potential for new wildfire ignitions. New wildfires will become increasingly difficult to extinguish if current temperatures and drying conditions persist into August as forecasted, according to Texas A...
In the Texas High Plains grain markets the bulk of bids were mostly unchanged to 1 cent higher on grain sorghum; 17 to 18 cents higher on wheat; unchanged on corn.   The September contract closed 0.25 cents higher on corn, and 17.25 cents higher on September on KC wheat.  Prices paid or bid to...
Texas pecan producers reported mixed crop expectations as they entered an important part of the growing season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Larry Stein, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Uvalde, said he expects the hit-or-miss crop to produce average results...
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. John Nielsen-Gammon, Ph.D., director of the Texas Center for Climate Studies at Texas A...
Texas A&M Forest Service is now accepting grant applications for the State Fire Assistance for Mitigation – Plains Prescribed Fire Grant through Aug. 15. The grant will provide $81,000 in total funding for prescribed burns.Funding to reduce hazardous fuels will be provided to landowners and...
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding a free online wildfire/prescribed burning workshop from 9 a.m.-noon on July 27, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session. The webinar will summarize the research findings from “Fighting Wildfire with Prescribed Burning in the Southern...

Top view of an Asian giant hornet courtesy of the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Many insects are being mistaken for the Asian giant hornet.
• Texas A&M AgriLife experts say Texans mistakenly identifying cicada killer wasps as Asian giant hornets. 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...

Sterling Scott
After six months working with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Ochiltree County, Sterling Scott has been hired as the agriculture and natural resources agent in Roberts County, beginning July 1. Scott began Dec. 9 in Ochiltree County as an assistant agriculture and natural resources...

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