Spring has sprung!
May19

Spring has sprung!

Often the temperatures in May make me forget about how harsh our summers can be. With the presence of all this rain, our pastures are growing rapidly and a spike in clover populations and growth can be seen all over Northeast Texas. As I was talking about this with Hopkins Rains USDA personnel earlier in the week, I was quickly reminded how rapidly the condition can change if raining stops. All the sudden, moisture can change...

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How Much Do You Know About Diabetes?
May14

How Much Do You Know About Diabetes?

Diabetes is a tricky disease.  It often goes undiagnosed until complications have already arisen.  In researching the prevalence of diabetes in Hopkins County and surrounding counties, statistics show that 10.1% of Hopkins County residents have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  Surrounding counties  had a slightly higher percentage with the exception of Hunt County (9.9%).  Here are the results: Franklin County (11%), Delta County...

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New Tool to Plan Land Development
May13

New Tool to Plan Land Development

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Want to put in a road on your land? Protect your water resources? Enhance wildlife, harvest trees or clear vegetation? Texas A&M Forest Service’s newest online tool, Plan My Land Operation, is designed to help you protect your property and ensure sustainability as you begin your next land improvement project. Geared toward landowners, contractors and land managers, Plan My Land Operation is key to planning...

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Dandelions – Mario Villarino
May12

Dandelions – Mario Villarino

  One of the most important roles of extension education is to retrieve and share scientific knowledge recent or historical. My role as a county agent is to share with our community pertinent information in a timely manner. Because scientific knowledge created by extension services is not own by anyone, this information is considered unbiased and trustworthy, and since Extension does not benefit economically  from selling...

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Growing a Healthy Tomato Crop
May06

Growing a Healthy Tomato Crop

A common problem in tomato development is known as blossom end rot. Blossom end rot is a developmental disease of tomato fruits due to irregular watering during the growing cycle. The most common reason for this anomaly is irregular plant input of calcium during the plant growth. In calcium rich soils, the main reason for this is lack of even watering. Blossom end rot is observed as a darkened circular softening of the fruit at the...

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2015 Dairy Foods Contest – Get Ready!
May06
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Getting Hitched? Twogether in Texas Event This Saturday
May05
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Expecting Garden Produce?  Preserve Foods Safely!
May05

Expecting Garden Produce? Preserve Foods Safely!

Gardens have begun producing delectable vegetables and fruits!  If you have an abundance, home food preservation just might be the solution to have these delicious foods year-round!  However, special efforts must be made to keep them safe for you and your family. Organisms that cause food spoilage – molds, yeasts, and bacteria – are present everywhere in the air, soil and water.  Enzymes that may cause undesirable changes in flavor,...

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AgriLife Extension: Botulism and Canned Goods
May04

AgriLife Extension: Botulism and Canned Goods

On April 21, 2015, a church potluck dinner in Ohio resulted in the death of one elderly female and 23 others hospitalized due to a case of Botulism. The food borne disease is believed to have originated from home-canned potatoes used in potato salad. Botulism is deadly food poisoning caused by bacterium (botulinum) growing on improperly canned meats and other preserved foods. It greatly affects infants and small children, elderly...

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Cooler and wet weather: potential effects in your garden
Apr29

Cooler and wet weather: potential effects in your garden

The recent rain and lower than normal temperatures have made the best conditions for rose flowering. The earth kind roses in our backyards and parks are flowering as a response to the weather. With the onset of cooler temperatures and rainy weather, there is the possibility of threat to the health of area lawns. Dr. W.M Johnson, Horticultural Agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension wrote: The menace is known as brown patch which is...

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