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Weather Forecast

Feb 19, 2016

Sugarcane Aphids found in Hill County

Sugarcane aphids have been found south of Itasca on newly sprouted Johnsongrass. The colonies were very small, but it is clear they are already reproducing. It is unknown if finding the aphids this early will result in an earlier infestation (aphids blow in on winds form the south to infest Blacklands fields). If you have patches of Johnsongrass near your fields, or know of any along roadsides or ditches, I would like to know about them so we can monitor the aphid this winter and in to the growing season. Thank you!

Feb 16, 2016

GMO article

 Interesting article about real vs perceived public views on GMOs, organics, ect. In summary, it talks about poll bias: people are asked questions in polls a certain way which makes them respond in different ways. This article reveals that the 'food movement' (think anti-GMO, pro-organics, anti-hormone, ect) is not as widespread as first perceived, and is not growing. For instance, sales in farmer's markets (organic foods) reached a high point in 2007 and has remained steady since.

Article Link

Feb 12, 2016


The first 2016 IPM Blacklands newsletter has been mailed out. This will be the last newsletter mailed, and all future newsletters will be sent over e-mail. If you would like to be added to the e-mail list, please message me or call the office at 254-582-4022.

Feb 8, 2016

Topdressing Wheat Timing

 According to crop specialists, the timing of topdressing on wheat is critical to achieving maximum yields. Here's some advice on how to time your applications from Dr.s Clark Neely and Calvin Trostle.

Feb 3, 2016

TDA not granted authority to declare cotton an oilseed

Link to news article

This article was published this morning (Feb. 3). In summary, the state Departments of Agriculture will not be able to label cotton as an oilseed for farm subsidies. The issue goes back to the 2014 farm bill, which would have to be re-opened in order to address creating a program. Feel free to post your interpretations of this news in the comments section.

Below is a video produced by the Texas Farm Bureau:

Oil and Gas Leasing Workshop

A free half-day oil and gas workshop at College Station will assist landowners in negotiating leases as well as learning more about surface agreements and other important topics. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 22 at the Thomas G. Hildebrand, DVM ’56 Equine Complex at Texas A&M University in College Station.

Workshop Information

For more details, call Tiffany Dowell-Lashmet at 806-677-5668.


Feb 1, 2016

Open Comment Period for Transform

The Environmental Protection Agency has opened a brief comment period on a Section 18 application by the Texas Department of Agriculture for use of sulfoxaflor, or Transform, on up to three million acres of sorghum this growing season to control the sugarcane aphid.

Transform has been an important tool for sorghum producers, used by more than 10 states under the previous Section 18 emergency use exemption. National Sorghum Producers is working hard to ensure Transform will be available this growing season, and it is crucial you weigh in on this important issue. 

Please follow this link if you want to submit a comment.The comment period will be open for 10 days. (Until February 11th)

Free herbicide-resistant weed screening

Do you have weeds in your fields growing strong even after a herbicide application? These weeds might be herbicide-resistant, meaning they have the genetic capability of surviving herbicides. Even one weed plant in a field can be problematic: resistant weeds such as palmer amaranth and pigweed can produce hundreds of thousands of seeds in a growing season -- seeds that will be resistant to herbicides next year!

If you suspect you have herbicide resistant weeds in your field, contact Xandra or Zach and we can collect and ship your seeds in to be tested.

E-mail xandra.morris@ag.tamu.edu or call 254-582-4022 for more information.