Calling All Cooks! by Johanna Hicks
Apr16

Calling All Cooks! by Johanna Hicks

Calling All Cooks!   Each year, Hopkins County pays tribute to the dairy industry through the Hopkins County Dairy Festival.  The board has been busily preparing for the 2015 event, and it is shaping up to be a great festival! The Dairy Recipe Contest, held during the Hopkins County Dairy Festival, is a great way to showcase those dairy-rich recipes.  From chocolate cheesecake to cheesy corn bake, we’ve had some absolutely...

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Good Problems to Have by Dr. Mario Villarino
Apr14

Good Problems to Have by Dr. Mario Villarino

Earlier in the week, a phone call of one of our hay producers was very interesting to me. As he shared with me his pasture situation after the rain, we started talking about the clover in his meadow. According to the rancher, his meadow had a large number of clovers in it. With the rain, he was having trouble getting his cattle to eat it. We talked about the need of “pushing” the clover with cattle and the benefits of high nutritional...

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Locust Trees by Mario Villarino
Apr08

Locust Trees by Mario Villarino

This week I visited the property of a recent producer of Hopkins County. The land, in desperate need of care was invaded with locust trees. The trees in the area were of different sizes, proof that those trees where there for several decades. Honey locust (Gleditisia triacanthosL.) is a native tree species also known as honey-shucks locust, sweet-locust, three-thorned acacia, sweet-bean or thorny locust. It has a natural range that...

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Kid’s Safe Saturday by Johanna Hicks
Apr08

Kid’s Safe Saturday by Johanna Hicks

Kids’ Safe Saturday Just Days Away! Kids’ Safe Saturday, a popular event for families, is rapidly approaching, and I wanted to remind everyone of the date, time, and place.  The event has been scheduled for Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Buford Park in Sulphur Springs.  Games, prizes, hot dogs, and lots of give-away items will be provided free of charge. When you arrive, check in at the pavilion to receive a game...

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April showers!!!
Mar31

April showers!!!

The first days of spring has brought plenty of rain to Hopkins County. As temperature increase, it is important to take actions before our landscapes get out of control (and trust them, they will if you let them!). Texas A&M AgriLife Extension published the following recommendations for the month of April: a) Prune spring-flowering shrubs soon after flowering. Keep the natural shape of the plant in mind as you prune, and avoid...

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