September Meeting of the Hopkins County Environmental Committee
Oct01

September Meeting of the Hopkins County Environmental Committee

During the September meeting of the Hopkins County Environmental Committee, several topics were discussed related to Hopkins County educational needs. One of them was the need of having aerobic septic systems from homes properly maintained and inspected. In response to this educational need, the Homeowner Maintenance of Aerobic Treatment Units training has been scheduled for October 17, 2014 at the Professional Ag Workers Building...

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Professional Ag Workers Annual Hay Show and Sale
Sep26
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Fuzzy bugs in Hopkins County: Woolly Aphids are the culprit

During early last week, I got several phone calls related to fuzzy white bugs falling from the sky. Early this week, a concerned citizen brought to the Hopkins County Extension Office a tree sample in a glass jar with woolly aphids (Family Eriosomatinae). According to Dr. Mike Merchant, Urban Entomologist and Extension Specialist, pointed out (Aug. 2012): Control is probably not necessary unless the honeydew is becoming unacceptable,...

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Fungal Infections After Sporadic Rain
Sep16

Fungal Infections After Sporadic Rain

I love rain. There is a special joy to see rain dripping from trees and plants during warm weather days.  Our fields and country side benefit from the rain producing growth. Insects also respond to the humidity by hatching and multiplying. Fungi, and its relatives, the molds also respond to the rain by multiplying. It was common to see the reproductive stages of fungi growing even over manicured lawns in our square, product of...

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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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