New AgriLife Extension educational program aimed at crop consultants

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas AgriLife

The first Texas A&M AgriLife High Plains Crop Consultant Appreciation Breakfast will be Dec. 3 during the annual Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show at the Amarillo Civic Center Grand Plaza, 401 S. Buchanan St. in Amarillo.

This crop consultant program, set from 7:30-11 a.m., is joining the lineup of educational events hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service during the three-day farm show. Ranching 4 Tomorrow will be from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 1 and Seeking Solutions to Profitability with Small Grains will be from 1-5:40 p.m. Dec. 2. Continue reading

Farmer-saved wheat seed quality should be checked before planting

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

Producers across the Rolling Plains and Central Texas who have not planted winter wheat or those who are seeing spotty stands in earlier-planted wheat might consider their seed quality, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.

Dr. Emi Kimura, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Vernon, and Dr. Clark Neely, AgriLife Extension small grains specialist in College Station, are advising producers as they move into planting season in those regions that farmer-saved wheat seed from the 2014-15 crop might have had some quality issues that could cause problems with the 2015-16 wheat crop.

The costs associated with using saved, low quality seed can be higher than purchasing certified seed, they warned. Continue reading

Small grains program offered Dec. 2 during annual Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

“Seeking Solutions to Profitability with Small Grains” will be hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Dec. 2 during the annual Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show at the Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan St. in Amarillo.

The program will begin with registration at 1 p.m. and conclude by 5:40 p.m. There will be a $10 registration fee.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – two general, one integrated pest management – will be offered.

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Mississippi producers’ needs include more research on IPM

For more than half a century, producers in northeast Mississippi have met annually with Extension and research leaders to discuss ways to improve production and efficiency in the region.

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