Dallisgrass Infestation in Hopkins County by Mario Villarino DVM, Ph.D.
Sep10

Dallisgrass Infestation in Hopkins County by Mario Villarino DVM, Ph.D.

During the last few week, I have visited some hay meadows in Hopkins County infested with Dallisgrass. For some, Dallisgrass was not recognized because either the ranchers never seen it before or was never seen in their pastures. According to UC Davis IPM website, Dallisgrass, Paspalum dilatatum, is a tufted perennial grass that was introduced into the United States from Uruguay and Argentina. It is now naturalized in much of the...

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Hay, Bees and Livestock Shows
Sep06

Hay, Bees and Livestock Shows

A livestock show for 4H and FFA students is taking place Saturday in the Civic Center Arena. AgriLife Extension Agent Dr. Mario Villarino says it’s a good chance for youths to practice and polish their skills in showing animals to get ready for the livestock showing season. Youths can show lambs, goats, heifers and steers. http://www.ksstradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Fall-Youth-Livestock-Show.mp3 Dr. Villarino says there will...

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Bees in Hopkins County
Sep03

Bees in Hopkins County

Honey bees are very interesting creatures. Their buzzing around always brings back memories to everyone, some of them pleasant, and for others intimidating. I personally like honeybees and never had any bad experiences around them. But I have never been stung by one either. Learning how to respect honey bees and keep a safe distant from their activities to me is very important to have a safe experience while interacting with honey...

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Hopkins County Hay Show!
Aug20

Hopkins County Hay Show!

Forage and forage-based livestock production enterprises are big business in the U.S. and in Texas. The latest United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) statistics (2008) indicate that hay harvested in the U.S. was worth approximately $18.8 billion, third in overall value among crops grown in the U.S. Only corn and soybeans exceeded the value of hay. In 2008, Texans harvested approximately 4.4 million acres of hay worth an...

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Trade and the Beef Industry
Aug12

Trade and the Beef Industry

As part of the Beef Short Course report I want to share portion of the information given during the course that I got a chance to participate. An important topic that always gets my attention is regulatory issues affecting trade. As you know, is not any good to produce cattle if you cannot sell it. Regulatory issue can affect trading capacity of our beef industry, so it is important to be aware of those potential issues affecting...

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Tree Recovery

Tree recovery. Our summer season with intensive heat is hard in all plants and even trees suffer the consequences of the weather. Even adapted trees can engage into protective mechanisms of heat avoidance by reducing foliage, dropping leaves in high numbers. If your tree experience foliage droppings in unusual amounts, it might be this response mechanism in action. Because the recent years of drought, several tree populations around...

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Fall Gardening by Mario Villarino

The fall offers a gardening opportunity that few people take advance from. When referring to fall gardening, Texas A&M AgriLife recommends: Once the decision to have a fall garden has been reached, a gardener must take action–drastic action. One must pull out some of those plants that have been nurtured from “babies” in the spring to monsters now. This takes courage and faith! It is recommend that all plants,...

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Return Of The Grasshoppers
Jul01

Return Of The Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers are once again bothering Hopkins County residents’ in-town gardens and out of town fields. AgriLife Extension Agent Dr. Mario Villarino says there are just a few options for treating gardens growing food. He says one option is to use a net to cover the garden. Dr. Villarino says weed control reduces grasshoppers that like to eat weeds and lay eggs in them. Call 903 885-3443 with questions. By Don Julian, KSST News and...

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Grasshopper Control in Grdens

I often get calls related to grasshoppers. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension information, grasshoppers have many natural enemies that help control their populations. A fungus, Entomophthora grylli, often kills many grasshoppers when the weather is warm and humid. Infected grasshoppers strike a characteristic pose at the top of a plant or other object. The grasshopper grasps the plant in a death embrace with the front and...

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