Landowners in the high plains region of Texas who construct vegetative fuel breaks on their property may be eligible for reimbursement. Through Feb. 15, 2019, Texas A&M Forest Service is accepting applications that could result in reimbursement to eligible recipients of up to $2,500 for the cost of trees, weed … Read More

In October 2018, several branches in the USDA-NRCS were reorganized. One of the reorganization actions involved renaming the Soil Science Division to the Soil and Plant Science Division (SPSD) to better reflect the work being done in both soil and ecological sciences. The PLANTS database team is … Read More

A new, pioneering forage wheat model could provide a valuable technique to researchers exploring the potential of biomass production for cool-season annual forage grasses, according to model developers. Researchers at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton – Dr. Monte Rouquette, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant physiologist, … Read More

Annual Ryegrass is a cool season annual forage often utilized by livestock producers for winter grazing. However, it’s often deemed an enemy of many a hay producer in East Texas. Volunteer annual ryegrass can be common in hay meadows. Winter rainfalls can promote seed germination and seeds can survive for … Read More

Reports of the presence of the deadly emerald ash borer (EAB) have been confirmed in the Eagle Mountain Lake area of Tarrant County. Texas A&M Forest Service began investigating within the high-risk area following the discovery of a single EAB specimen last year. Prior to spring adult beetle emergence, the … Read More

In the Dec. 10 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Derrell Peel explains how record-level exports have helped offset record meat production while U.S. consumption slows; and Glenn Selk says it’s time to start the evening feeding of spring-calving cows to save your sanity … Read More

Hay
markets can be difficult to project heading into any year, and 2019
might have some of the most complex dynamics to consider for hay pricing
and demand. Weather will always play a role in regional markets, while
competitive demand from dairy and beef cattle herds also play … Read More

Forage producers focus most of their energy on warm season perennial pastures and hay meadows and bermudagrass, bahiagrass and the like. That means most of our weed control efforts are also focused on warm season weeds such as Carolina horsenettle and blackberry. Unfortunately, cool season weeds can be just as … Read More

Texas crop and weather report for Nov. 27, 2018

Fewer planted acres, summer drought and late-season rains caused a significant drop in peanut production around the state. Planted peanut acres dropped to 155,000 acres from 275,000 acres in 2017, a 43 percent reduction.

Weather last week was mostly cool and dry statewide. Precipitation in the Upper Coat and South East Texas ranged from 0.2 to 1 inch, with isolated areas getting upwards of 2 inches. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Use of supplemental feeding was increasing in the Cross Timbers. Cattle … Read More