Herd Bull Selection
Nov18

Herd Bull Selection

Recently, I got a producer request for assistance selecting a bull for his herd. He sent me the breeder’s EPD’s related to the bulls they had for sale. After studying the values, I asked the rancher the first basic question during bull selection: What characteristics are you trying to change in your herd? After a short conversation, I determined his needs and was in a better situation to offer sound advice. During our conversation, he...

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Plant Care in Cold Weather
Nov12

Plant Care in Cold Weather

The first part of November has brought extreme temperatures to our county. It was really hard to believe having days in the mid 70’s followed by near freezing temperatures the day after. These changes in temperatures create biological responses in plants and insects, with some seeds and eggs hatching or changing due to the temperature swings. As our agricultural field get ready for our winter season, there is plenty to do in gardens...

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Armyworms in Texas Pastures and Lawns
Nov05

Armyworms in Texas Pastures and Lawns

Armyworms are a complicated pest of pastures and hay meadows in Hopkins County. When referring to armyworms, Extension Specialist Sansone, Minzenmayer and Jackman reported: Armyworm outbreaks are difficult to predict but infestations seem to occur in portions of the state every year especially after rains in the early fall. Common species of armyworms present in Texas include: the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda; the...

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Beef 706 and Private Applicator Training.
Oct29

Beef 706 and Private Applicator Training.

The extension activities for this time of the year are intensive. Just few days ago we completed the second portion of our NETBIO 706 hosted at the extension office. By the time you read this article, participants of the training should be getting ready or are already travelling to College Station to attend the third portion of the training. During NETBIO 706, participants had the opportunity to learn the process from selecting a...

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Fall Tree and Shrub Planting
Oct22

Fall Tree and Shrub Planting

It has been five years since we moved to Sulphur Springs and I started helping our community as a County Agent for Hopkins County.    It has been an exciting time and every day is an adventure on itself. I remember my supervisor talking to me about activities for the days when the office gets slow but until today, I have not seen any of those days yet. With our fall festival celebrations almost over, I wanted to share information...

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Getting Ready During October
Oct15

Getting Ready During October

Not many people think of winter in the heat of September, but fall is the time to prepare your lawn for the cold ahead and, at the same time, get rid of unwanted weeds. Fall fertilization, which is the most important fertilization of the year, is the first step for a healthier lawn next year, and September is the time to do it. Use a 3-1-2 ratio formula or buy a “winterize” product of your choice, allowing for good...

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Tree Repair After Storms by Mario Villarino
Oct08

Tree Repair After Storms by Mario Villarino

Recent storms that affected Hopkins County in recent days created significant damage to our older trees. The Department of Ecosystem science and Management, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has made available the on-line publication “the tree care kit”. Part of this publication was written by M. R. Koelling  and R. P. Kidd from the Department of Forestry Michigan State University and states: “When storms strike, along with...

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Hay Show Sale

This year’s Hopkins County Hay Champion is Marilyn Smith. Her hay received the highest hay score at the 2014 Hopkins County Hay Show. Ms. Smith’s hay was purchased by Alliance Bank for $1,000. G&L Hay Farm grabbed second and third place. City National Bank bought the second place hay for $1,000. Texas Heritage Bank purchased the third place hay for $700. Other winners were 4th and 5th place Tom Glossup, sixth place Max Palmer,...

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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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