Hopkins County Hay Show!

Forage and forage-based livestock production enterprises are big business in the U.S. and in Texas. The latest United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics (2008) indicate that hay harvested in the U.S. was worth approximately $18.8 billion, third in overall value among crops grown in the U.S. Only corn and soybeans exceeded the value of hay. In 2008, Texans harvested approximately 4.4 million acres of hay worth an...

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Trade and the Beef Industry
Aug12

Trade and the Beef Industry

As part of the Beef Short Course report I want to share portion of the information given during the course that I got a chance to participate. An important topic that always gets my attention is regulatory issues affecting trade. As you know, is not any good to produce cattle if you cannot sell it. Regulatory issue can affect trading capacity of our beef industry, so it is important to be aware of those potential issues affecting...

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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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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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Return Of The Grasshoppers
Jul01

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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Tomato Care and Hopkins County Tomato Festival

Dr. Mario Villarino, CEA Hopkins Recently I got an e-mail communication from a Hopkins County resident related to her tomatoes. The digital pictures showed tomato fruit damage similar to hookworm damage. Gardner and Goodwin (Texas Master Gardener’s) wrote related to hookworms as follow: Hookworms are chewing insects (Manduca sexta Linnaeus), with complete metamorphous (egg, larva, pupa, adult stages) affecting tomato, tobacco,...

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How To Deal With Humid Weather 06/15/14

I like rain. I also like to see rain dropping into a hay field after harvesting. Across my property in Sulphur Springs, there is a small hay meadow filled with round belts of hay. It is a peaceful feeling to see producing land and the effect that water will bring to us soon. But high level of rain has consequences when hot weather is involved. Fungal and insects have the tendency to increase their numbers when high humidity levels...

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Best Cattle Management Practices- Dehorning

By Dr. Mario A. Villarino, CEA-Hopkins Horns are a complicated situation in the beef industry. For one part, horns become a problem for the producer because they, at one given point, need to be removed to reduce damage to hides and other animals. Horned animals also mean more work to the rancher, since sooner or later, someone will have to take time to look after those animals with horns. The interesting part of this is that horns are...

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