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Proper Summer Lawn Care By Mario Villarino
May25

Proper Summer Lawn Care By Mario Villarino

As many other Hopkins County residents (or living anywhere else for that manner) this time of the year you are spending time partially taking care of the lawn. The lawn, for many is the “pride and joy” of the front house or the backyard, but for many others, it is a constant chore that, like it or not, can cause serious eye sores for your property if not attended to. For some reason or another, the lawn plays a significant role in how...

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CPR, Kids Camp, and 4-H Project Tour Day By Johanna Hicks
May25

CPR, Kids Camp, and 4-H Project Tour Day By Johanna Hicks

Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and Basic First Aid Offered                Have you taken CRP and First Aid, but your certification expired?  Does your place of employment require this certification?  Do you want to receive the training for your own personal benefit?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I have a solution for you!                A few weeks ago, a colleague from Upshur County contacted me about the possibility...

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Know your weeds: Nettles By Mario Villarino
May18

Know your weeds: Nettles By Mario Villarino

As I was conducting a visit earlier in the week, I noticed the flowering of nettles in the pastures of this new landowner. There are several species of horse nettle, all of which have star-shaped blossoms with prominent petals, flat or turned backward, and yellow stamens. Almost all of them are prickly. Flowers of the various species are blue, purple, yellow, or white. White horse nettle gets its name from its covering of silvery...

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The Very Humble, Very Hardworking Earthworm By Susan Brewer
May12

The Very Humble, Very Hardworking Earthworm By Susan Brewer

  By Susan Brewer, A Hopkins County Master Gardener Do you remember the old rhyme? “Nobody likes me, everybody hates me, guess I’ll go into the garden to eat worms. Long thin slimy ones, short fat juicy ones, itsy bitsy, fuzzy wuzzy worms”. What a bad rap earthworms get, yet they are a vital resource in enriching our soil whether it be in your yard, vegetable garden, house plants or the cornfield. Charles Darwin 100 years ago...

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Pond weed control with fish: The grass carp By Mario Villarino
May11

Pond weed control with fish: The grass carp By Mario Villarino

As our weather warms up, major attention is driven to our outdoor activities including enjoying our ponds and lakes. Because it is common to fish, the presence of pond weeds are often more noticed in warm weather when our families gathered to enjoy the outdoors. A common method to control weeds is using vegetarian fish. There are two main fish species used to control vegetation in ponds in Texas: the Mozambique tilapia and the grass...

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Happy Mother’s Day & Summer Camps for Kids By Johanna Hicks
May11

Happy Mother’s Day & Summer Camps for Kids By Johanna Hicks

Happy Mother’s Day                Sunday is a special day for moms all across the country.  Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father’s Day,...

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2018 NETBIO Beef UP May 11, 2018 By Mario Villarino
May04

2018 NETBIO Beef UP May 11, 2018 By Mario Villarino

2018 NETBIO Beef UP May 11, 2018 Bull management can improve producers’ chances for reproductive success, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Proper bull management is necessary for successful breeding programs. Monitoring the health of bulls prior to and during breeding season can improve a producer’s chances of having a successful calf crop. Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton,...

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Tips for the garden: Air layering By Mario Villarino
Apr27

Tips for the garden: Air layering By Mario Villarino

With a gardening season starting to get in full motion, practical techniques to work on the garden are very useful. A method to preserved on the Texas A&M AgriLife archives by Everett E. Janne (deceased) know as air layering describes a very interesting method to propagate hardwood plants that have overgrown its site.   Air layering is a useful method of producing roots on the stem of indoor landscape plants that have become...

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You’ve Been Whipped By Johanna Hicks
Apr20

You’ve Been Whipped By Johanna Hicks

You’ve Been Whipped!                Many of you have already gotten wind of a new event being held during the 2018 Hopkins County Dairy Festival.  Excitement is building, and plans are in full swing as we prepare for the “Whipped” Challenge.  Businesses, civic clubs, and organizations are encouraged to enter a team.  Here’s how it works: 1)      The contest will take place on the front grounds of the Hopkins County Civic Center, 1200...

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Pond Management: Algae By Mario Villarino
Apr20

Pond Management: Algae By Mario Villarino

Aquatic vegetation management can be a perplexing problem. The first part of that problem is proper identification. Management of most aquatic plant species depends on properly identifying the desirable or nuisance plant. Many ponds have more than one type of aquatic plant, and care must be taken to identify all the aquatic plants inhabiting the pond. Some pond plants may be beneficial to local or migratory wildlife, and therefore,...

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