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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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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