The Mighty Pecan By Mario Villarino
Mar24

The Mighty Pecan By Mario Villarino

  The pecan tree (Carya Spp) is a common often beloved commercial and landscape tree in Hopkins County. Native to Texas and Northern Mexico, the pecan trees have provides shade and nurture to our region for centuries. George Ray McEachern, extension horticulturist from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension stated: “ The pecan is the official state tree, it can be grown in every area of the state and it is a part of Texas tradition....

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Secondhand Smoke Harms Your Loved Ones By Johanna Hicks
Mar24

Secondhand Smoke Harms Your Loved Ones By Johanna Hicks

Secondhand Smoke Harms Your Loved Ones Did you know that if you smoke around others, especially children, your smoking harms the people you care about?  Smoking can affect the health of nonsmokers.  Smoke that comes from the burning of a tobacco product or smoke that is exhaled by smokers is called secondhand smoke.  Inhaling secondhand smoke is called involuntary or passive smoking. The same cancer-causing chemicals inhaled by...

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Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers – This One’s for You! By Johanna Hicks
Mar17

Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers – This One’s for You! By Johanna Hicks

Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers – This One’s for You! Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has a wealth of information and I’d like to share one of our many programs with you – Parenting Connections!  Being a parent is simultaneously one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences that we will ever have.  Parents have a tremendous responsibility to care for and raise children in a manner that will prepare them to...

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Soil pH By Mario Villarino
Mar10

Soil pH By Mario Villarino

As temperatures start warming up, ranchers and farmers start planning crops and crop cycles for the summer season. A very important part of the planning process should include soil testing to determine current soil conditions before planting. According to Dr. Redmon, Texas A&M AgriLife Soil Scientist, various environmental, climatic, and cultural factors can affect formation of acid soils. The most common factors are: Parent...

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Agrilife Update By Johanna Hicks
Mar10

Agrilife Update By Johanna Hicks

Parenting Connections Offered Through Extension I recently received a call from a young man asking about parenting classes.  I have the perfect solution!  “Parenting Connections” is a series developed by Dr. Stephen Green, Child Development Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. I am offering the series on two consecutive Thursday evenings this month, and the workshop is open to parents, caregivers, and...

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NETLA Recap By Mario Villarino
Mar03

NETLA Recap By Mario Villarino

It has been just over a week after our NETLA Junior Livestock Show is over and by now the final add on support is getting in and our totals getting computed. Just as we recap some of the experiences gained in putting a show as this together I was asked to explain to new families the reasons to get involved raising and showing projects. I can hardly start describing the experience without recalling my own experience growing up selling...

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Grassburs By Mario Villarino
Feb24

Grassburs By Mario Villarino

Grassburs are a common grassy weed in lawns and fields in our county. Most of the homeowners find them late in the fall when the seed heads are dry and gets into everywhere. For the control of grassburs, the late Dr. McAfee back then extension turf specialist wrote: “Field sandbur (grassbur) is a summer annual grassy weed that can be found in home lawns, sports fields, parks and along roadsides. This weed is especially adapted to dry,...

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4-H Members to Showcase Talents By Johanna Hicks
Feb24

4-H Members to Showcase Talents By Johanna Hicks

4-H Members to Showcase Talents This time of year is busy for our Hopkins County 4-H members.  Many are participating in livestock shows in Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, while others are busily preparing for Fashion Show, Food Show, Educational Presentations, Public Speaking, Share-the-Fun, and Consumer Decision Making. I want to take this opportunity to invite you to observe them in action during our Bobby McDonald Memorial...

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Agrilife To-Do List by Mario Villarino
Feb03

Agrilife To-Do List by Mario Villarino

February is traditionally our 4-H livestock show month. As our 4-H members are busy working with their projects, activities in the garden remain slow. Many gardeners suffer from “gardening fever” and start getting excited when temperatures warm up a little. I must remind you that our cold weather season has plenty to go before it is over. It is however, important to start thinking about pre-emergent application of herbicides before...

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4-H Food Challenge Practice Run
Jan28

4-H Food Challenge Practice Run

The 4-H Food Challenge competition is coming up this spring, and Johanna Hicks want’s 4-H’ers to be ready. In order to prepare, participants were given a few hints, a bunch of ingredients, and instructed to make something delicious.  There was plenty of guidance, and the crowd also go involved.  Food safety was also discussed and practiced.  A brief presentation about the creations ingredients, and nutritional values was...

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