Extension Leadership Advisory Board Makes Plans for 2015

Extension Leadership Advisory Board Makes Plans for 2015 August is here, which means that planning for 2015 will soon be in full force! As Extension Agents, we plan our calendars ahead of time (actually, we’ll set dates for months in 2015 which haven’t even arrived in 2014, yet!) This can be a challenge, but with the help of our Leadership Advisory Board, Youth Board, Family & Consumer Sciences Committee, Ag Committee, Master...

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“Cooking Well with Diabetes” Series Coming Soon

If you or someone you know has diabetes, preparing healthy meals doesn’t have to be a challenge. As a matter of fact, we ALL need to make more nutritious choices. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides a great series called “Cooking Well with Diabetes”, which can make meal preparation at home more nutritious, as well as delicious! The “Cooking Well with Diabetes” (CWWD) summer series is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays,...

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Tree Recovery

Tree recovery. Our summer season with intensive heat is hard in all plants and even trees suffer the consequences of the weather. Even adapted trees can engage into protective mechanisms of heat avoidance by reducing foliage, dropping leaves in high numbers. If your tree experience foliage droppings in unusual amounts, it might be this response mechanism in action. Because the recent years of drought, several tree populations around...

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Upcoming Events Brought to You by Your County Extension Office

Upcoming Events Brought to You by Your County Extension Office If you keep up with local happenings, you will often see Texas A&M AgriLife Extension listed as the primary provider or collaborator. Improving the lives of people, businesses, and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education is Extension’s mission. Through the programs Extension faculty members provide, Texans are better prepared to: ·...

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Fall Gardening by Mario Villarino

The fall offers a gardening opportunity that few people take advance from. When referring to fall gardening, Texas A&M AgriLife recommends: Once the decision to have a fall garden has been reached, a gardener must take action–drastic action. One must pull out some of those plants that have been nurtured from “babies” in the spring to monsters now. This takes courage and faith! It is recommend that all plants,...

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4-H Members are Geared Up for a Busy Summer

“The Great Outdoors!” was the theme for the 2014 4-H Multi-county 4-H Camp. Hopkins County sent nineteen 4-H members and leaders to this fun camp. We generally have the largest group of any county there, and our kids bring home lots of awards! Big thanks go to Jeremy Bridges, Billy Branch, and Ruthie Mayers for assisting Mario and me with the shooting sports and sewing workshops! Other workshops included Outdoor First Aid, Ropes...

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Six Harmful Behaviors That Push People Away

Another interesting document came across my desk recently and I wanted to share it with you. Some of you might recall the column written in May about the five harmful marriage habits. I received many positive comments about that one, and thought many of you would find this one equally enthralling. We all have witnessed negative behaviors the cause damage to relationships, professional success, and to the individual. It is important...

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Return Of The Grasshoppers
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Return Of The Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers are once again bothering Hopkins County residents’ in-town gardens and out of town fields. AgriLife Extension Agent Dr. Mario Villarino says there are just a few options for treating gardens growing food. He says one option is to use a net to cover the garden. Dr. Villarino says weed control reduces grasshoppers that like to eat weeds and lay eggs in them. Call 903 885-3443 with questions. By Don Julian, KSST News and...

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Grasshopper Control in Grdens

I often get calls related to grasshoppers. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension information, grasshoppers have many natural enemies that help control their populations. A fungus, Entomophthora grylli, often kills many grasshoppers when the weather is warm and humid. Infected grasshoppers strike a characteristic pose at the top of a plant or other object. The grasshopper grasps the plant in a death embrace with the front and...

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Pond Care: The Importance of Water Quality.

This time of the year is common to have issues with ponds, due to increase in temperature and rain. One of the most common problems in ponds are weeds and algae blooms. There are several types of algae that can cause problems in the appearance of the pond, including planktonic algae and filamentous algae, or the combination of both. Having myself interest in water as an aquaculture amateur, algae bloom issues can become a major...

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