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AgriLife Extension sets sugarcane aphid meeting in Weslaco

Rio Grande Valley growers vigilant for outbreaks of the sugarcane aphid on their young grain sorghum crops are urged to attend the upcoming Sugarcane Aphid Informative Meeting, organizers say.

Danielle Sekula-Ortiz, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service integrated pest management agent in Weslaco, said the meeting begins with registration and a breakfast at 8 a.m. April 12. Talks begin at 8:30 and will conclude at noon. Continue reading

AgriLife Research scientists study wild pig impact on bobwhite quail populations

As part of an effort to understand the reasons behind the decline in wild quail populations, researchers from Texas A&M AgriLife Research have studied whether the continued increase in numbers and distribution of wild pigs, commonly referred to as feral hogs, may be a contributing factor.

According to data from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, within the South Texas Plains ecoregion bobwhite populations have been consistently low since the mid-1990s and to date have shown few signs of recovery despite land-management efforts to improve populations. Continue reading