Category Archives: Extension

New weather station in San Angelo

San Angelo employees installed a new $5,000 scientific-grade weather station by the soccer fields on Glenna Street on Wednesday. Officials said the tool will help water conservation efforts and save money on water bills. The ET weather station will measure five key weather data: Air temperature Solar radiation Wind speed Relative humidity Rainfall. This data will be collected once a day by Charles Swanson, a landscape irrigation specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in College Station, which manages the Texas ET Network including about 46 weather stations throughout the state…. Read More →

AgriLife Extension helping data-gathering equipment ‘speak’ the same language

By Kay Ledbetter AMARILLO – Agriculture production today is very data sensitive and includes many tools with technologies that don’t all work well together. One Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist is bringing a project to the High Plains to change that. But he needs some producers to do field testing. Dr. Charles Hillyer, AgriLife Extension irrigation engineering specialist in Amarillo, is part of the Precision Ag Irrigation Leadership, or PAIL, project. Hillyer, who joined AgriLife Extension almost a year ago and brought with him his data exchange… Read More →

AgriLife Extension sprinkler system lab to receive certification

Lab will be soon certified to test products for EPA WaterSense label Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – New lawn sprinklers have built-in pressure regulators, but how accurate are they? That’s the question he will soon be able to answer, said Charles Swanson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service irrigation specialist, College Station. Swanson manages the Irrigation Technology Programs Lab of the department of biological and agricultural engineering department at Texas A&M University, College Station. Originally, Swanson and Dr. Guy Fipps, AgriLife Extension irrigation engineer, College Station,… Read More →

Water, energy, food symposium set Nov. 19 in Austin

AUSTIN — With the challenge of climate change, dropping energy reserves and 9 billion people to feed by 2050, it’s time for action, said Dr. Rabi Mohtar, endowed professor with the department of biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station. Mohtar is one of the program planners and speakers of the symposium, “Navigating Agriculture through the Water-Energy-Food Nexus,” set Nov. 19 at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, 4140 Governors Row, Austin. The program is conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and aimed… Read More →

Class on high-strength wastewater systems set June 29-30

Temple class offers education opportunities for licensed site evaluators, designers, installers, regulators and other professionals By: Robert Burns TEMPLE – A two-day class, Analyzing Wastewater Systems for High Strength and Hydraulic Loading, has been set June 29-30 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 720 East Blackland Road, Temple. The class is designed for professional wastewater site evaluators, designers, installers, regulators, operation, maintenance and monitoring services providers, said Dr. Anish Jantrania, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wastewater specialist, Temple. “The purpose of this course is to… Read More →

Irrigation classes slated for April in El Paso

By: Rod Santa Ana EL PASO —  Two irrigation courses for professionals and others will be held in April in El Paso, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service instructors. The first, the Landscape Irrigation Auditing and Management Short Course, will be held April 14-15 at the TecH2O Center, 10751 Montana Ave. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 14, and from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 15. Cost of the course is $265. The second course, the Drip Irrigation Workshop, will be… Read More →

North Texas Municipal Water District wins ‘Blue Legacy’ award

Award based on adoption of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Water My Yard program By: Robert Burns DALLAS – The North Texas Municipal Water District has won the Water Conservation Advisory Council’s “Blue Legacy” award for the Water My Yard program. According to the advisory council’s announcement of this year’s winners: “The Council celebrates innovators who champion preserving the state’s most precious resource, water, by presenting the Blue Legacy award. This award program recognizes outstanding water conservation efforts and successes of Texans.” The Water My Yard program was created… Read More →

Austin Trainings offered to irrigation professionals

Expert: Winter is the time to prepare for spring, summer conservation measures Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, AUSTIN – Two trainings to help professional irrigators and water conservation staff save water will be conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Feb. 24-25 at the Lower Colorado River Authority Dalchau Service Center, 3505 Montropolis Drive, Austin. “Over 1,100 community water systems are currently affected by drought and water restrictions, including many in the Central and South Central regions of the state,” said Charles Swanson, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist,… Read More →

Two Lubbock-based Texas A&M AgriLife staffers garner national recognition

LUBBOCK – Helping farmers to better use microirrigation systems to sustainably irrigate their land during dry times has earned national recognition for two Texas A&M AgriLife staffers at Lubbock. Dr. Dana Porter, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural engineering specialist-irrigation and water management, and Jim Bordovsky, Texas A&M AgriLife Research irrigation engineer, were honored with the 2014 Experiment Station Section Excellence in Multistate Research Award. The Lubbock team was among 19 land-grant universities honored for their collaborative efforts during the awards program held at the Association of Public… Read More →

AgriLife Specialist: Need to recycle water? ‘Give the ground first shot at it’

Dr. Anish Jantrania will focus on sustainable and intelligent water infrastructure Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, TEMPLE – The key to solving some of Texas’ water shortage problems may be as simple as teaching homeowners and cities how to efficiently and cleanly return wastewater to the ground, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialist. Jantrania is the new wastewater specialist at the Blackland Research and Extension Center in Temple. His emphasis, according to his website bio, will be to develop “a statewide AgriLife Extension education and research program… Read More →