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Feb. 18 webinar focuses on corn rootworm-killing nematodes

texas corn

Insect-killing nematodes that are safe for plants but deadly to corn rootworm larvae will be the topic of a one-hour Zoom meeting starting at 9:30 a.m. CST Feb. 18 and hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Those planning to attend should preregister to receive a link to the meeting. Dr. Elson Shields, a Cornell University entomologist responsible developing ... Read More »

Texas A&M to host hands-on soil fertility lab series

tilled ground

Producers in the Hutchinson County area will have a unique opportunity to attend a limited-seating Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrient Management Hands-On Lab Series hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Feb. 16, March 2 and March 4. The meetings will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 16 and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 2 and March 4 at ... Read More »

Friendly nematodes offer rootworm control in Southwest

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Entomology has been conducting a joint research project with Dr. Elson Shields from Cornell University for the past four years. They have shown that persistent, insect-killing nematodes (that are harmless to plants) have the ability to lower corn root damage whether the crop is Bt or non-Bt. And these nematodes persist for many years and just ... Read More »

Texas A&M BIG conference goes virtual Jan. 5

2014 Texas BIG conference

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding the 59th annual Blackland Income Growth, BIG, conference on Jan. 5, 2021, online. The event is free and will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Participants must register online and will then be sent the link for the event, which will be held on the Zoom meeting platform. “The Blackland Income Growth ... Read More »

Researchers look at yield impact of early season weeds

early season weeds

As the 2020 corn-growing season draws to a close, Syngenta engaged university agricultural researchers from across the United States to analyze the agronomic challenges farmers encountered this season and offer tips on how they can best control weeds and preserve yields heading into 2021. Although weed pressures vary by geography, weed management fundamentals remain consistent throughout the United States. Researchers ... Read More »

New $3 million grant aids Texas A&M AgriLife plant phenotyping research

in-furrow fertilizer

With the help of a new $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Texas A&M AgriLife researchers will collaborate to elevate phenotyping for plant science and improving plant growth predictions. Seth Murray, Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder, and Regents Professor Amir Ibrahim, an AgriLife Research small grains breeder and geneticist, both ... Read More »

EPA proposal could drastically change Bt corn resistance management

corn earworm

• By Pat Porter • My recent post discussed the proposal by Environmental Protection Agency to drastically change the resistance management regulations around Bt corn and cotton. You can submit a comment here before Nov. 9. The proposal is hard to find on the EPA website, so I have reposted it here. Part of the plan is to phase out ... Read More »

Earworms/acre from corn (or why W. Texas had fewer bollworms this year)

corn earworm

• By Pat Porter • Dr. Suhas Vyavhare and I are conducting a very detailed experiment this year on some aspects of Bt corn. Part of the experiment involves putting 120 emergence cages on the ground under corn after corn earworm larvae (cotton bollworms) have left the corn ears and entered the soil for pupation. This lets us determine the ... Read More »

Texas A&M researcher creating better corn yields, quality on less land

• By Kay Ledbetter • As the human population booms, we hear the term “sustainable food supply” a great deal. One Texas A&M AgriLife researcher’s efforts to make corn production, whether for human or livestock consumption, more sustainable has earned him national recognition. Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder Dr. Seth Murray is the Eugene Butler Endowed Chair in the ... Read More »

For whiskey, the proof is in the taste, says Texas A&M student

rob arnold

Plant breeding expert Rob Arnold believes he has found a better tasting corn, which means a better tasting whiskey. Many bourbon drinkers may not know it, but corn is the key ingredient in their favorite drink. What grapes are to wine, corn is to bourbon whiskey. So a few years ago, Texas A&M University doctoral student Rob Arnold had a ... Read More »