News and Updates

Early warm weather could be a double whammy for fruit growers


Low chilling hours plus unseasonably temperatures a ‘hot-topic’ at conference NACOGDOCHES – Unseasonably warm weather, up to the mid-70s and even low-80s, can be a double whammy for growers of peaches, blueberries, blackberries and other fruit crops, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. “This heat wave we’re currently having in East Texas […]

Hybrid wheat time has come


AgriLife Research breeder expects releases within five years COLLEGE STATION – There’s growing interest in hybrid wheat and Dr. Amir Ibrahim, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat breeder in College Station, believes the time is right to make it available. Ibrahim has been working toward the development of hybrid wheat varieties since 2013, but wheat […]

Restoration comes to the orchard at historic Texas site


WINEDALE — Scott Willey answered the phone at his office one day about seven years ago when yet another person called wanting to know about fruit production. Relatively new on the job as Fayette County agent for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Willey had noted the growing interest and was trying to figure out […]

Study shows dried plums provide protection from bone loss due to radiation


COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Nancy Turner, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in College Station, was one of a team of researchers who recently studied different interventions to protect from radiation-induced bone loss. Their paper, “Dried Plum Protects from Bone Loss Caused by Iodizing Radiation,” was recently published in Scientific Reports and can be found […]

Animal science department mourns loss of equine professor


COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Josie Coverdale, associate professor in equine science in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, passed away Feb. 13 from complications due to injuries sustained from a car accident. Coverdale, 38, taught undergraduate and graduate courses in equine nutrition. She also directed research in equine nutrition with an interest […]

GLOBE program provides national, international experiences for 4-H youth


Activities aim to open youth’s eyes to hunger, poverty and humanitarian action COLLEGE STATION — Texas 4-H has announced a new international program, Global Leadership Opportunities Beyond Education, or GLOBE, a comprehensive two-tiered citizenship and leadership program for 4-H members in grades 6-12. “The program is designed to engage intermediate and senior 4-H youth to […]

Wet 2015 could lead to weedy 2016


AgriLife Extension agronomist advising producers to start early on weed control AMARILLO – The blessing of a wet 2015 is expected to bring the curse of a weedy 2016, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist in Amarillo. The above average precipitation in 2015 prompted the growth of weeds and where those […]

Dr. Guy Sheppard joins TVMDL as veterinary diagnostician

The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) announces Guy Sheppard, DVM, as agency veterinary diagnostician. Dr. Sheppard begins with the agency February 8 and will coordinate veterinary services and provide consultation to the more than 6,000 clients aided daily by the agency’s diagnostic services. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Dr. Sheppard received a bachelor […]