Welcome to the Texas AgriLife Extension, Glasscock County website. The county seat, Garden City, the only town in the county, has a population of 250 and is conveniently located about half way between the larger metropolitan cities of San Angelo and Midland. Glasscock County has a population of approximately 1,500, most of whom are scattered around the county on farms and ranches.
Comprising an area of 863 square miles, the county has an elevation that ranges from 2,300 to 2,750 feet and, over the last 10 years, has had average annual rainfall of 13 inches. Most county residents are involved in agricultural pursuits, and a substantial number of people live in and around St. Lawrence, a farming community in the southern part of the county. County-wide, there are 317 farms and 140,000 acres of cropland, most of which is irrigated with deep water wells. Some 85,000 acres are planted to cotton, but other crops include grain sorghum, wheat and peanuts. There are approximately 6,000 beef cattle, 7,000 sheep and 2,500 goats, in addition to both hogs and horses. The county is a substantial producer of oil and gas, and that industry is the county?s largest tax-producing entity.
The Extension Program, directed by the Glasscock County Extension Program Council, strives to serve a population who derives its main income from agriculture and small industry. One school district provides education for the youth of the county.
Mission: To provide quality, relevant outreach and continuing education programs and services to the people of Glasscock County. Extension brings the resources of the Texas A&M University System to Glasscock County. Through field based faculty, Extension provides unbiased, research-based information, educational programs, and technical assistance in the following core service areas:
AgriLife Extension expert advises due diligence in managing fast-moving pest Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, email@example.com Contact: Dr. Charles Allen, 325-653-4576, firstname.lastname@example.org SAN ANGELO – Sugarcane aphid, the pest that devastated thousands of acres of grain and forage sorghum crops last year across the south, has again been spotted in West Central Texas, an expert warns. Pictured are about 180 sugarcane aphids on a sorghum leaf, well above the 50-aphid trigger-to-treat number experts advise. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Pat Porter) Dr. Charles Allen, Texas A&M… Read More →
Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, email@example.com Contact: Rebel Royall, 432-354-2381, firstname.lastname@example.org MIDLAND – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Private Pesticide Applicator Training from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 15 at the AgriLife Extension office in Midland County, 2445 E. U.S. Highway 80 in Midland. Rebel Royall, AgriLife Extension agent in Glasscock County who will oversee the training, said AgriLife Extension conducts the prerequisite training that must be completed prior to testing for a private applicator pesticide license. Texas Department of Agriculture is the regulatory agency that… Read More →
Dear All, The wheat crop is full of challenges this year and I want to alert you to another one that has started showing in more and more areas with the warmer temperatures. We have confirmed samples of plants infected with Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus and Triticum Mosaic Virus in San Angelo. These viruses are spread by the wheat curl mite from volunteer wheat or other grasses in the fall and with the onset of heat the virus is showing the characteristic yellow leaf symptoms. Disease is wide… Read More →
On Wednesday, Zoetis Inc., the world’s largest animal-health company, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted a conditional license for a vaccine to help fight porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in pigs. To receive the conditional license, the vaccine was shown to be safe in a field safety study, and a reasonable expectation of efficacy was demonstrated. Zoetis is working to complete the studies necessary to obtain full license in the United States. The PEDv Vaccine is a pre-farrowing vaccination of healthy pregnant sows and gilts… Read More →
New pest found in Concho Valley sorghum crops No control needed yet for sugarcane aphid, but situation is being closely monitored, expert says Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, email@example.com Contact: Rick Minzenmayer, 325-365-5212, firstname.lastname@example.org BALLINGER – Sugarcane aphids have jumped their primary host crop sugarcane, and have landed in the Concho Valley, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert warns. Rick Minzenmayer, AgriLife Extension entomologist for Runnels and Tom Green counties, said the pest is not new in the U.S., but what is new is its rapidly expanding range… Read More →