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Texas Crop and Weather Report — Nov. 21, 2017

Catfish production down but Texas producers faring well Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, Contact: Dr. Todd Sink, 979-845-7471, COLLEGE STATION – Texas catfish production is down, but that’s not bad news for fish producers around the state, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Todd Sink, AgriLife Extension fisheries specialist, College Station, said Texas catfish producers were slowly entering the annual catfish harvest and production was expected to be down about 5 percent. The drop, however, is attributed to producers’ shift to production of higher value species such… Read More →

Invasive zebra mussels have spread to Lake Georgetown and Lake Livingston

This destructive species, originating from Eurasia, can damage boats, clog water intakes and litter shorelines with sharp shells. The way boaters can help slow the spread? Clean, drain and dry all boating equipment before leaving the boat ramp.  Remember, it is unlawful to possess or transport zebra mussels, dead or alive, in the State of Texas. It is required that boaters drain all water from their boat and any on-board receptacles before leaving or approaching a body of fresh water to prevent the transfer of zebra mussels. The draining… Read More →

Registration open for 2018 Birding on the Border program

April 23-26 program will include sites in Kinney, Val Verde counties Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, Contact: Dr. Maureen Frank, 830-278-9151, BRACKETTVILLE – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a Birding the Border program from April 23-26 of next year at locations in Kinney and Val Verde counties. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. April 23 and conclude at 10:30 p.m. April 26. Birding locations will include sites at Fort Clark Springs, private ranches, Kickapoo Caverns State Park and San Felipe Creek. Fort Clark Springs will… Read More →

Reports of tainted Texas corn raise concern among some deer hunters

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contact: Dr. John Tomecek, 325-650-3520, Dr. Cat Barr, 979-845-3414, THRALL – Concerns over corn tainted with Fusarium fungi, which can produce Fumonisin, continue to flow into Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists’ offices, but with the main deer hunting season only days away, the calls are increasingly from concerned hunters feeding corn to deer and less from corn producers, said agency experts. “Shelled corn is the traditional ‘go-to feed’ in Texas for deer, so it’s understandable there would be concerns considering how much of… Read More →

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Oct. 24, 2017

Deer season expected to provide good opportunities for hunters Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, Contact: John Tomecek, 325-657-7311, SAN ANGELO – The general hunting season for white-tailed deer opens Nov. 4, and Texas hunters should expect good opportunities in the field, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension assistant professor and wildlife specialist, San Angelo, said good weather conditions have provided good forage and cover for deer. The quality of this year’s white-tail deer crop is expected to be very good because… Read More →

New Texas A&M Wildlife, Fisheries and Ecological Sciences Building grand opening celebrated at College Station

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, COLLEGE STATION – Sept. 15 marked the grand opening of the new Wildlife, Fisheries and Ecological Sciences Building at 534 John Kimbrough Blvd. on the Texas A&M University West Campus. Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M, College Station, said the $32.5 million building is the fourth to be constructed in the Agriculture and Life Sciences complex, a group of buildings housing staff  “dedicated to feeding our world, protecting our environment, enriching our youth, improving our… Read More →

Maureen Frank hired as new AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at Uvalde

She will serve 64 counties in agency’s West, Southwest and South districts Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, Contact: Todd Swift, 830-278-9151, Dr. Maureen Frank, 830-278-9151, UVALDE — Dr. Maureen Frank has joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist for the agency’s West, Southwest and South districts. Frank provides support to AgriLife Extension county agents and participates in program development, result demonstrations and agent training. She also develops educational materials related to wildlife and… Read More →

AgriLife Extension names Amanda Gobeli to state quail study post

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contact: Dr. Dale Rollins, 325-653-4576, Amanda Gobeli, 325-653-4576, SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has hired Amanda Gobeli as the new associate in quail studies. Gobeli is headquartered at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at San Angelo. “Amanda will be working with AgriLife Extension agents and other ‘students of quail’ in the quest to reverse the decline of quail,” said Dr. Dale Rollins, state coordinator for Texas A&M AgriLife’s Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative at… Read More →

Groups make education of chronic wasting disease a priority

With the appearance of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a Texas deer in July, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and others have made educating the hunting public about this disease and the necessary precautions to take a priority. On July 1, a positive case of CWD was verified in a captive white-tailed deer in Medina County outside of San Antonio. The first and only other case was reported in far west Texas in 2012. “Chronic wasting disease is a condition that affects the nervous system of deer,… Read More →

AgriLife Extension offers new livestock guardian dog publication

Renewed producer interest prompted the work Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, Contact: Dr. Reid Redden, 325-653-4576, Dr. John Tomecek, 325-653-4576, Dr. John Walker, 325-653-4576, SAN ANGELO – “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” This oft used nod to the U.S. Postal Service could as easily describe the work ethic of good livestock guardian dogs, according to Texas A&M AgriLife officials at San Angelo. Personnel from Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the… Read More →