New AgriLife Extension statewide cotton pest management guide is now available

by Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

Entomologists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service have just released a new statewide guide on managing cotton insect pests, said one of its authors.

Dr. Suhas Vyavhare, AgriLife Extension cotton entomologist at Lubbock, said The Cotton Insect Management Guide can be accessed online at http://bit.ly/2GZi5sI or can be downloaded free from the AgriLife Extension bookstore at  http://bit.ly/2nToDAw . Continue reading

Sugarcane aphids spreading throughout the Texas Panhandle

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

While sugarcane aphid populations are still low in grain sorghum fields across the Texas High Plains, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist in Amarillo said they are beginning to establish and could reach treatable numbers.

Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist, said sugarcane aphid populations in the South Plains only recently reached economic levels in some fields that justified treatment with insecticides. Infestations in the field can be just a few aphids per plant to a thousand or more aphids per plant. Continue reading

AgriLife Extension effort monitors sugarcane aphid seasonal movement

by Steve Byrnes, AgriLife Extension

A minuscule pest few Texas farmers had ever heard of three years ago has quickly gained notoriety as the most important insect pest of grain and forage sorghum in Texas, said an expert entomologist.

The pest is the sugarcane aphid, and it’s already been found infesting sorghum in the lower Rio Grande Valley and lower Gulf Coast this year, said Dr. Allen Knutson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist at Dallas. As in past years, the sugarcane aphid is expected to move into Central Texas and eventually the Texas High Plains, potentially infesting all of Texas’ sorghum-producing regions by late summer. Continue reading

AgriLife Extension experts: Time for pecan growers to scout, treat for casebearer

By: Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

Now is the time for pecan growers to look for and possibly spray to kill an insect pest that poses a threat to their crop, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.

“One of the most destructive infesting insects of nut-bearing trees is the pecan nut casebearer,” said Dr. Larry Stein, an AgriLife Extension horticulturist based in Uvalde. “Casebearer larvae tunnel into nutlets and frequently destroy all the nutlets in a cluster.” Continue reading

Permian Basin Cotton Conference slated March 1 in Big Spring

by Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the multi-county Permian Basin Cotton Conference from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 1 at the G.C. Broughton Jr. Ag Complex in Big Spring.

The complex is located at 2411 Echols Drive on the Howard College campus. Counties involved with the conference and its accompanying trade show include Howard, Martin, Midland, Glasscock, Upton and Reagan.   Continue reading

Wild pig management workshops held in Texas next month

Pest management specialists in Texas will present suggestions for managing wild pigs at two separate workshops in February. The first, on February 9, will be held at the Luling Foundation in Luling from 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

The second, on February 24, will be held in the AgriLife Extension office at 1701 E. Polk St., Suite 12, in Burnet County from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click here to find out more about the workshop in Luling.

Click here to find out more about the workshop in Burnet County.

Texas Extension specialist receives Texas A&M AgriLife Superior Service award

by Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

Dr. Russ Wallace, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist at Lubbock, has been awarded the Superior Service Award in the specialist category.

Superior Service Awards recognize AgriLife Extension faculty and staff members who provide outstanding performance in AgriLife Extension education or other outstanding service to the organization and to Texas. Continue reading