Category Archives: IPM

An Update to the Mystery, Unsolicited packages of Seed

An Update to the Mystery, Unsolicited packages of Seed – August 5, 2020 By Corrie Bowen County Extension Agent Wharton County On Wednesday, July 29th I distributed a news release that brought attention to mystery, unsolicited seeds delivered by mail in tiny bags marked as jewelry.  The role of the USDA-Animal, Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is to safeguard U.S. agriculture and natural resources from the risks associated with the entry, establishment or spread of animal and plant pests and noxious weeds. Regulations prohibit or restrict the importation… Read More →

Mystery Seeds Arrive in Texas – Recipients advised to report unsolicited seed shipments

Mystery seeds arrive in Texas Recipients advised to report unsolicited seed shipments JULY 28, 2020 Texas residents are now among those across the nation receiving mysterious seeds delivered by mail in tiny bags marked as jewelry. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are on alert because these seeds are unsolicited. Mystery seeds with labeling from China. (Source: Washington State Department of Agriculture) Kevin Ong, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist and director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station, said the concern arises because these packages have seeds in them… Read More →

Rainwater Harvesting and Turf Management Online Training August 12

Rainwater Harvesting and Turf Management Online Training August 12, 2020 Contact for More Information: John Smith  |  979-204-0573  |  johnwsmith@tamu.edu Dr. Becky Grubbs  |  972-952-9673 ext. 673  |  bgrubbs@tamu.edu Dr. Diane Boellstorff  |  979-458-3562  |  dboellstorff@tamu.edu Reagan Hejl  |  979-845-5252  |  Reagan.hejl@tamu.edu   Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program will host a residential rainwater harvesting and turf management training August 12 for Matagorda and Wharton Counties. The free event will be online from 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. with a half-hour lunch. Online registration is… Read More →

REMINDER: Register Online Virtual AgriLife Rice Field Day July 9

Just a quick reminder: It’s not too late to register for the Virtual AgriLife Rice Field Day that will be held online via Zoom on Thursday, July 9th. 2020 Virtual Rice Field Day Flyer  To register for this event, click on “Register Here” on the attached pdf flyer above or go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-rice-field-day-tickets-110798086058 Once you register you will receive an email from Event Brite, confirming your registration.  The day prior to the event, we will send you an email from Event Brite with the login information for Zoom. … Read More →

Virtual AgriLife Rice Field Day – July 9th online

Virtual AgriLife Rice Field Day – July 9th Online via Zoom By Corrie Bowen County Extension Agent – Wharton County  Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the originally scheduled Eagle Lake Rice Field day set for June 29th, and the Beaumont Rice Field Day that was set for July 9th, will not be held on-site as planned.  With the safety of all concerned, a newly formed team of Extension Professionals along the Texas Rice Belt, the Rice Initiative Team, is bringing to you a 2020 Rice Field Day… Read More →