August Gardening Guidelines
Jul29

August Gardening Guidelines

August is here and gardening is far from the minds of most folks. An ice cold lemonade and deep shade to beat the heat is what most gardening calendars call for. However, fall is right around the corner and here are a few tips to get you through the scorching days of August and into the “second spring” of the south – fall. According to K.C. Hansen, former Extension Horticulturist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services in the...

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Herbicides in the Heat
Jul22

Herbicides in the Heat

Recently (July 12 to 18, 2015) I had the opportunity to travel to South Dakota for the National Association of County Extension Agents meeting in Sioux falls. It was a great experience for me to meet with colleges with many more years of experience and discover that the Hopkins County Extension Program is just as good or better that any other in the nation. Our team including our volunteers, is making accomplishments that has taken...

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Mosquito Control in Texas
Jul08

Mosquito Control in Texas

This time of the year, the temperature and high humidity levels are an invitation to outdoor activities where mosquitoes can be a problem. When it comes to mosquito control devices, about the only thing that works is common sense, says a former entomologist with Texas A&M University. Meanwhile, many Texas citizens are using devices or controls costing hundreds or even thousands of dollars that may offer only marginal control or...

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Cattle Diseases and Hot Weather
Jul01

Cattle Diseases and Hot Weather

The summer season has a significant impact in the well-beings of animals and humans alike. Texas A&M agrilife extension recommends that even when most cattle today are well-vaccinated against many common diseases, including bovine viral diarrhea or BVD, when cattle are living under less-than-ideal situations due to heat stress, overcrowding or poor nutrition, even the best vaccinations programs may result in incomplete protection...

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Aphids in Sorghum
Jun24

Aphids in Sorghum

Aphids are commonly a common pest of crops and ornamental plants. Aphids mode of survival relies on having massive amounts of babies to offset the tremendous losses due to predation by other insects and birds. Most of the times, aphis only cause problems when those reach high numbers and the damage to the plant gets to the point of affecting overall plant development. This is known as economic threshold.  From time to time, aphis...

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Talking to Fathers by Mario Villarino
Jun17

Talking to Fathers by Mario Villarino

As I watched rain early on the week in Sulphur Springs, and try to catch up from a day-long 4-H regional horse show, I decided to dedicate some time to reflect over father’s day celebration. In the way I feel it, fathers are a fundamental part of our society sometimes taken for granted. As I was talking to my 11 year old son about father’s day, he came to the following conclusion: Mother’s day gets celebrated while classes are in...

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State steer and heifer validation scheduled for June 20th, 2015
Jun09

State steer and heifer validation scheduled for June 20th, 2015

Get major show steers and heifers ready: State steer and heifer validation scheduled for June 20th, 2015   Every year, hundreds of show steers and heifers get validated for state competitions in Texas. The validation process for state competitions for steers and heifers in major shows are scheduled in individual counties AFTER the selection of a State Validation Committee. For Hopkins County, the validation committee selected the...

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Get the tomatoes ready!
Jun03

Get the tomatoes ready!

Our gardens have really taken a toll with this recent rain but there are still many gardens growing tomatoes and we are inviting everyone to our Hopkins County Tomato Festival hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Hopkins, the City of Sulphur Springs, the master wellness volunteers and Hopkins County Master Gardeners. This year, the Tomato Festival will be held June 27, 2015 at the Sulphur Springs City Hall...

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Forces of Nature by Mario Villarino
May28

Forces of Nature by Mario Villarino

As I was writing this piece I could not help to think about the tremendous forces of nature and how little we can do sometimes to curve its course.  After many years of drought we are now living the effect of severe rain in land and plants. Those post oak trees that survived the drought but still got affected, now  are suffering and getting uprooted from the severe wash off of by the storms. As I was watching thru the windows the...

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Spring has sprung!
May19

Spring has sprung!

Often the temperatures in May make me forget about how harsh our summers can be. With the presence of all this rain, our pastures are growing rapidly and a spike in clover populations and growth can be seen all over Northeast Texas. As I was talking about this with Hopkins Rains USDA personnel earlier in the week, I was quickly reminded how rapidly the condition can change if raining stops. All the sudden, moisture can change...

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