Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

James Baker

Mosquitos, rampant mushrooms, and over watered gardens, are all resulting from the heavy rainfall south Texas has received this spring. We talk with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Horticulturalist, David Rodriguez about how to improve drainage, avoid nasty pests, and ensure a healthy crop for the family.


  • David Rodriguez, Horticulturalist with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

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The state climatologist, John Nielsen-Gammon, says we are close to the end of this historic drought. While rain and fog currently drench the area, how can urban farmers and small gardens take advantage of the sudden water abundance?  We talk with David Rodriguez from the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension to find out what challenges a wet spring might bring


  • David Rodriguez, Extension Horticulturalist for Bexar County's Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service

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With an already scorching summer, the drought has exacerbated that already problematic growing season for the home gardener in Texas.

Fortunately for San Antonio, sitting on the edge of both Central and South Texas, a second growing season begins right now, and it is arguably the most productive of the growing seasons.

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Agriculture forecasters at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension are predicting a medium-size pecan crop for the state in 2014. Experts say this year’s production will be better than the last three, but still under capacity.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service estimates farmers will produce between 50 million and 55 million pounds of pecans in 2014.

Story originally published Jan. 2, 2014.

It’s that time of year when insects want to get out of the cold and into your house.

Most people aren’t big fans of sharing their space with these creepy-crawlers. But if you see one particular insect – you’re better off not grabbing the bug spray.