My wife's new bookshelf arrived and I was tasked with putting it together. Now, I like to think that I am fairly industrious and have built several things with my hands. All of the pieces were pulled out of the box and loosely arranged for assembly. How bad can putting boards together in a w…

The facts underlying the Austin Court of Appeals decision in Marek v. Lehrer are an agricultural real estate deal gone terribly wrong. This case is a great example of why it is so important to have every agreement put into writing and timely signed by the parties.

BELTON -- The Soil Regen Forum Aug. 28 and 29 offers two days of expert-led presentations, demonstrations and discussions on maintaining healthy soils by using regenerative agriculture practices, coordinators said.

Well, I made it back from our annual beach trip without a sunburn, jellyfish sting or any other injury from an ocean that is out to kill us all. Despite the perils of the salty deep, we had a great time. I did not escape completely unscathed, however.

I recently came into a fistful of $2 bills. I gave one to each of my kids, I spent one, and now I have two in a jar where they will sit until I get in a spot and really need four bucks. I vaguely remember my grandfather giving me a $2 bill once and it came with a story of how he carried one …

You don't need me or anyone else to tell you that water is important for livestock and all other living things. The necessity of water is common sense, but what tends to fall by the wayside is just how much of an effect the water quality can have on an animal's ability to thrive and grow.

Matt Baker has been named head of the department of agricultural leadership, education and communications -- ALEC -- in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station. He started Aug. 1.

About a thousand new faces show up in Texas every day, moving into the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, and they have little to no connection to the state's agriculture-based culture and economy.

Attending the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course is a great way to learn more about animal nutrition as well as other cow-calf production practices. For instance, during the 2018 Beef Cattle Short Course, Ted McCollum, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist emeritus, fac…

I remember the first time I went hog hunting. I had a buddy in high school who had some land in town, and he called and said there was a litter of hogs that we were going to go after. I grabbed a gun, we gathered two other friends, and set out. It didn't take us too long before we found the …

Cattle breeders have used genetic selection tools to change the majority of the major breeds significantly. Producers want to increase productivity and longevity of their herd to increase profitability.

We get quite a few questions each year on the feasibility and profitability of fertilizing native grass. Long-held wisdom states that it is not profitable to fertilize native grass. With that in mind, I conducted a research trial in 2008-09 to study the issue.

Blackberry and dewberry are closely related, but they are very different in growth habits and physical characteristics. Dewberry exhibits a low, vine-like, trailing growth habit that forms mats that are rarely taller than 2 feet above the ground. Blackberry typically has an upright rambling …

I did something I've never done before this year at the annual TSCRA convention: I lost my entire booth. I set it up fine, and all was great during the show, but when I went to pick it up the next day, it was gone.

Northern bobwhite quail are found in all areas of Texas except in the western one-third of the state. Hunting Northern bobwhite is a favorite pastime and even nonhunters enjoy watching the birds and hearing the male’s familiar mating whistle, “poor-bob-white,” during spring and summer.

Spring is arriving after a fairly wet winter, a perfect environment for bumper weed crops. Now is the time to plan a weed control program that will provide results, not failures. In the following discussion, a weed is considered a plant out of place. In that context, a weed is a broad-leaf h…

It is the time of year here in Texas where the roadsides are awash in the reds and blues of wildflowers. It is also the time of year when parents brave the fire ants, speeding highway traffic, rattlesnakes and litter of all kinds, to plop their children in a bluebonnet patch and get the perf…

Cattle, other ruminants, and horses require roughage through grazing or provision of hay. In an ideal world, there would always be green fields of grass to graze. More often than not, most producers require hay to provide the necessary roughage and nutrition.

SONORA -- The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Sutton and Crockett counties will present a Texas Invasive Species Workshop on April 17 at the Sutton County Civic Center, 1700 N. Crockett Ave. in Sonora.

AUSTIN -- It's not as dire as the farm crisis seen in the 1980s, but ongoing trade uncertainty coupled with low commodity prices and rising interest rates has created challenging times for agricultural producers across Texas and the entire the United States, according to experts.

Success and long-term viability for most agricultural enterprises ultimately hinges on the health of their soil. This is true for beef operations in the Southern Great Plains to row crop farms in the Midwest.

UVALDE -- Researchers at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde have completed two more studies -- both focusing on soil amendments and variety adaptation -- related to the viability of organically-grown artichokes as a commercial crop in Texas.

Sushil Paudyal, assistant professor of dairy science in Texas A&M University's department of animal science, plans to reinvigorate the dairy program in College Station.

The Texas wine industry has an estimated overall economic impact of $13.1 billion to the state. To support this growing industry, now the fifth-largest in the U.S., the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service employs a cadre of viticulture and enology experts providing educational outreach,…