The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working with public health, agricultural, and academic experts to understand the possible threat posed by the spread of the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) in several U.S. states since its discovery in 2017, according to the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. … Read More

Following recommendations to treat the threat of internal parasites in cattle herds is a proactive way to protect production gains, and therefore profits, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton, said internal parasites can cause reduced appetite, reduced digestion and … Read More

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) would like to remind stakeholders of the Nov. 30, 2018, deadline for comments on the proposed rule set forth by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) on the use of portable spray dip machines, also known as spray boxes.

Portable spray dip machines, which operate like … Read More

SPONSORED CONTENT: Pricklypear is associated with loss of grazing both from competition and the physical barrier it presents to livestock. Left untreated, pricklypear tends to get worse. University researchers have documented that, during drought, pricklypear density can increase 25 percent to 30 percent each year while other plants decline. At … Read More

Rain continues to cause issues for cotton growers hoping to harvest their crops around the state. Frequent 1- to 2-inch rains have continued to delay access to fields and cool, cloudy days are not offering ideal drying conditions. An estimated 15 percent of cotton acres in the Upper Gulf Coast, … Read More

With Halloween a few weeks behind us, and the time for gathering family and friends to give thanks fast approaching, you might not realize scary creatures may still lurk outside… waiting for a free ride to your house or cabin… in your firewood! Invasive, tree-killing pests can hide deep inside … Read More

More than 20 lakes in East Texas are currently infested with giant salvinia, including Caddo Lake, which is considered a wetland of international importance for waterfowl habitat. With waterfowl seasons opening soon across the state, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is urging hunters to be aware of invasive … Read More

An invasive tick species was recently discovered in New Hampshire, prompting state officials to ask people to be on the lookout. The Aisan longhorn tick, which has been found in nine states since late last year, has not been linked to any diseases in the United States. But in other … Read More

An above-average production year for pecan growers could take a hit due to continued wet weather that has delayed harvests and hurt quality. The Texas pecan crop looked to be above average, but producers are facing late-season challenges due to excessive and continuous rain events.

Armyworms have caused significant damage or stand loss in early-planted small grains and bermudagrass. The key to keeping these pests below the economic threshold is scouting at least every other day for worms, when they are small and easier to control, as well as identifying what species is causing the damage. … Read More