Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department | Nov. 13, 2019

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) inland fisheries staff found less than 1 acre of invasive giant salvinia in multiple locations at Houston County Lake near Crockett Nov. 8.

After being tipped off to the new infestation on social … Read More

A group of U.S. Senators sent a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) urging the agency to streamline the permitting process to allow livestock and aquaculture producers greater flexibility in protecting their animals from avian predators shielded under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). Some predatory … Read More

With duck hunting season getting underway in most of the state in early November, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is reminding waterfowl hunters to clean, drain and dry boats and equipment before traveling from lake to lake to help avoid spreading invasive species like giant salvinia.  

New efforts are underway to remove an invasive species of water fowl, the Egyptian goose, from Central Texas. The invasive species is highly territorial and are prone to pushing native birds out of an area, as well as damaging some crops. However, they could come in handy for keeping … Read More

Fall signals mating season for the asp, which means clusters of the woolly caterpillars start to appear in wooded areas and trees, often in back yards. While they may look cute and cuddly, asp caterpillars are considered North America’s most venomous caterpillar and should be avoided at all costs. … Read More

Deworming can be one of the best management practices when it comes to a return on investment for your beef cattle operation. The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Director of Field Investigations Gregg Hanzlicek explains that the use of dewormers can have a greater economic impact than many other management … Read More

Over the past 20 years or so, we’ve seen much of the U.S. cow herd shift toward black coats. Someday, perhaps the trend will become zebra stripes. Scientists, tourists and zoo patron, looking at the dramatic black-and-white striped pattern on zebras’ coats, have long pondered its purpose or evolutionary advantage. … Read More

Source: Texas A&M Forest Service

Oak wilt is one of the most destructive tree diseases in the United States, and it has been known to kill oak trees in Central Texas at epidemic proportions. This time of year, oak wilt is primarily spread by moving firewood … Read More

Kochia, a kind of tumbleweed, has long been associated with the Texas High Plains, but its abundance is starting to alarm Texas A&M AgriLife officials as regional producers are experiencing challenges controlling kochia as herbicide resistance is mounting. Muthu Bagavathiannan, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research weed scientist in the Texas … Read More

Hunting for natural enemies of the red imported fire ant is paying off for USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. Their latest discovery—a new virus found in fire ants from Argentina—has the potential of becoming a biological control agent against the red imported fire ants infesting the United States. When … Read More