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:
Photo by Kansas Dept. of Ag. Winter grain mites are once again showing up in spots around area. They can be found from Garden City to Midkiff, primarily in wheat that is a little farther along. Winter grain mite eggs hatch in the fall and their numbers continue to build throughout the winter. They are a tiny black to dark blue mite with red legs that are very difficult to see without a hand lens. They prefer mild temperatures between 40-70° F throughout the winter and freezing temperatures… Read More →
Sugarcane Aphids (SCA) were reported in northern Reagan county last week. The field is flowering and was treated for the aphids. We need to keep our eyes open for SCA from here on out and not let them get out of hand. This is 6 weeks earlier than we detected them last year, so they may prove to be a bigger problem for us this year than last. Attached is our SCA Management Guide with information concerning identification, insecticides, thresholds, scouting, pre-harvest options, and more. I want to… Read More →
AgriLife Extension expert advises due diligence in managing fast-moving pest Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Dr. Charles Allen, 325-653-4576, email@example.com 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 →
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 →