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4-H: What You Need To Know By Mario Villarino
Aug10

4-H: What You Need To Know By Mario Villarino

Texas 4-H is like a club for kids and teens ages 5-18, and it’s BIG! It’s the largest youth development program in Texas with more than 550,000 youth each year. No matter where you live or what you like to do, Texas 4-H has something that lets you be a better you! You may think 4-H is only for your friends with animals, but it’s so much more! You can do activities like shooting sports, food science, healthy living, robotics, fashion,...

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4-H Grows Here By Johanna Hicks
Aug10

4-H Grows Here By Johanna Hicks

4-H Grows Here!                Every August, registration for 4-H membership begins.  The 4-H year coincides with the school year, so that makes it easy to get in from the very beginning!  For families who are new to the 4-H experience, allow me to start at the beginning. What is 4-H?  4-H is a national organization which helps young people develop...

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Common Pasture Management Problems By Mario Villarino
Aug03

Common Pasture Management Problems By Mario Villarino

A common pasture management problem faced by most Texas hay and/or livestock producers is weed and brush infestation. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Soil Specialist, weed species effectively compete with more desirable forage species for sunlight, moisture, and soil nutrients. Whether herbaceous or woody species, if enough weeds are present in the pasture, the carrying capacity of the management unit is decreased, the...

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Ten Reasons to Smile; Back to School Fair
Jul27

Ten Reasons to Smile; Back to School Fair

Why Smile?  Ten Reasons Why                Do you know anybody who seems to always have a smile?  I do!  Every Sunday morning from the choir loft at my church, I have the perfect view of a sweet lady who smiles during our choir special, during congregational singing, and while listening to the morning message.  It seems to brighten my spirit, and makes me want to smile, too!                Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand...

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Kyllingas By Mario Villarino
Jul27

Kyllingas By Mario Villarino

Kyllingas (Kyllinga spp.) belong to the sedge family (Cyperaceae) and at first glance can look like grasses, especially in mowed turf. However, closer inspection reveals that their stem, floral, and vegetative charac- teristics are quite different from grasses. Unlike grasses, they have pith-filled triangular stems and three-ranked leaves. The leaf blades of sedges appear waxy and have a v-shaped groove. The sedge family (Cyperaceae)...

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Supplemental Feeding During Drought By Mario Villarino
Jul20

Supplemental Feeding During Drought By Mario Villarino

Supplemental Feeding During Drought When forage quality and/or quantity is affected by drought, livestock producers are usually faced with decisions about supplemental feeding. First, they must determine whether they can afford to supplement, and if so, then decide what to supplement and how to manage feeding. If the drought continues or worsens, they will also need to decide when to stop supplementing and start selling livestock....

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So Many Choices: Events and More By Johanna Hicks
Jul20

So Many Choices: Events and More By Johanna Hicks

So Many Choices!                We make decisions every day – what to wear, what to eat, how to spend our day, whether or not to answer the phone, what to watch on TV, whom to text or call, and even things we don’t think about, like where to sit, what to read (whether in the newspaper, on your phone, on your computer, on your smart watch, etc.)  We literally make hundreds of choices, if not thousands, every day.                At the...

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Evaluating Tree Health By Mario Villarino
Jul13

Evaluating Tree Health By Mario Villarino

The impact in our landscapes of hot and dry weather can be seen not only during the current seasons but for years to come. Trees, a significant landscape asset of your garden tend to reveal the drought effects YEARS after the actual drought takes effect. Many weather effects can be noticed right away specially if those are caused by storms or snow. Drought effects, in the other hand, are hard to evaluate until the next spring season....

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Expand Your Horizons By Johanna Hicks
Jul13

Expand Your Horizons By Johanna Hicks

Expand Your Horizons!                Texas A&M AgriLife Extension prides itself in quality volunteers and collaborators.  Because of feedback from several people, we are bringing a workshop to Sulphur Springs which will have far-reaching impact, not only on Hopkins County, but also in surrounding counties.  The Certified Volunteer Training for Judging Fairs, Festivals, and Events, will take place on two separate days, with each...

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Bagworms and More By Mario Villarino
Jun29

Bagworms and More By Mario Villarino

Bagworms are caterpillars that make distinctive spindle-shaped bags on a variety of trees and shrubs. They attack both deciduous trees and evergreens, but are especially damaging to juniper, arborvitae, spruce, pine and cedar. Large populations of bagworms can strip plants of their foliage and eventually cause them to die. Infestations often go unnoticed because people mistake the protective bags for pine cones or other plant parts....

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