The Plant Pathology and Microbiology (PLPM) Extension program provides applicable and essential services through subject-matter experts of plant health management, plant diseases, plant-microbe interactions and the environmental sciences. Specialists are located throughout the state of Texas and address various agriculture and natural resource topics within plant health management.
To better serve Texas, the program manages three plant diagnostic clinics, located throughout the state, to help address any plant disease diagnostic needs and health-related issues.
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Producers can use the information here to help with allocating scarce resources (time and money) among the five management areas discussed. Although management styles would influence the allocation, on average, the focus should be first on costs, then technology adoption, then yields, and finally prices. (4 pages).
Grapevine pests and diseases can cause significant damage and crop loss, and the signs and symptoms of these ailments can be hard to recognize. This publication describes several pests and diseases that plague grapevines as well as instructions to keep growers vigilant and prepared in administering treatment. (84 Pages)
Nutritional management is complicated by changing forage quality and quantity. This publication discusses forage quality trends in various regions of Texas, tools to analyze the nutritional environment of cattle and differentiate between forage quality and availability problems, and nutritional management strategies. (8 pages).
In Texas, watermelons are a favorite summer treat. They are made up of about 90 percent water, making them the perfect way to quench thirst and satisfy a sweet tooth. Watermelons are a member of the cucurbit family, along with squash, cucumbers, and pumpkins. This factsheet instructs gardeners on the care of watermelon plants and […]
Cantaloupes and honeydew melons are vining crops that are grown during the warm season of Texas. This factsheet instructs gardeners on the care of cantaloupe and honeydew melon plants and provides two recipes that showcase the melons. (2 pages)
If irrigation for grain sorghum is managed well, the crop will produce high, profitable yields. This publication explains the water needs for sorghum at different growth stages, the calculations to use to estimate its water requirements, and adjustments to make for rainfall and soil moisture. (5 pages)