Crop and Weather

Texas fruit growers cautiously optimistic about yields

Texas Crop and Weather Report - April 2, 2024 While it is too early to tell about the impact of chill hours for fruits grown in higher chill areas of the state, current conditions are good for the low-to-mid chill areas, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. The importance of chilling ...

Egg prices increase ahead of Easter holiday

Egg prices are on the rise as Easter approaches, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert, but they are lower than what consumers may have paid at the grocery store earlier in the year. Consumers — and the Easter bunny — may have noticed the price of eggs increasing recently ...

South Texas citrus poised for a comeback

South Texas citrus poised for a comeback By Paul Schattenberg, Texas AgriLife Today The Texas citrus crop quality and quantity was better than expected following multiple seasons of weather-related setbacks, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Texas is the third largest citrus producer in the U.S., with the total ...

U.S. beef cattle herd smallest since 1951

The Texas beef cattle herd could be on its way to a rebuild after hitting its lowest numbers in a decade, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. David Anderson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist in the Department of Agricultural Economics, and Jason Cleere, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension statewide beef cattle specialist in the Department ...

Texas A&M AgriLife research included in global drought study

A first-of-its-kind international study, which includes research from Texas A&M AgriLife, has found that the effects of extreme drought on grasslands and shrublands have been underestimated. Researchers simulated extreme short-term drought – commonly called “100-year drought” – at 100 sites across six continents. The results were recently published in the prestigious Proceedings ...

Texas peanut production up this season

Back-to-back seasons of drought continue to impact planted peanut acres making it another tough year for Texas peanut growers, according to a  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Emi Kimura, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension state peanut specialist, Vernon, said producers who were able to keep their crop under irrigation throughout the drought ...

Recent rainfall could cause spike in the fall armyworm population

Many producers throughout Texas are noticing an increasing fall armyworm population in their rangelands and forages in areas after receiving rainfall over the last few weeks. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts recommend producers be prepared to protect their valuable forages. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension forage specialist and professor in the Department ...

Agricultural irrigation workshop set for Nov. 10 in Caldwell

Agricultural producers in Milam and Burleson counties are invited to an agricultural irrigation workshop Nov. 10 in Caldwell, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District. Participants in the Nov. 10 agricultural irrigation workshop in Caldwell will learn about the latest irrigation technologies and ways ...

Beneficial rainfall leads to above-average fall planted wheat

Timely rainfall in some areas has been highly beneficial for the fall wheat crop, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.  Jourdan Bell, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo, said she expects to see above average acres planted in the northern High Plains region as a result of improved soil moisture conditions, ...

Texas pumpkin yields hurt by heat and drought

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Oct. 3, 2023       Texas pumpkin producers experienced another season of yields well below average, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.        Mark Carroll, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Floyd County, said this year’s pumpkin production yields are down 20%-40% due to ...