NETLA Show Coming Up in February
Jan28

NETLA Show Coming Up in February

The annual NETLA Junior Market Show and Sale is coming up in late February.  Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Agent Dr. Mario Villarino was a guest on KSST’s Good Morning Show with Enola Gay Wednesday morning and he talked about the important task of validating students’ projects. Enola also talked with Sulphur Springs Middle School 8th Grader Brianna Sales who will be showing a steer in this year’s NETLA Show....

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Mario Villarino on Spring Gardening
Jan28

Mario Villarino on Spring Gardening

I often get questions related to gardening and more specific about certain crops. As an avid gardener will recognize, there is no way to know everything about every vegetable available to the gardeners today. However, good principles apply to both familiar and new vegetables for you to try. As our weather starts to warm up, so is the excitement of gardening. Our friend from Aggie horticulture (Hansen et al) reminded us that...

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Preparing the Lawn for Summer
Jan20

Preparing the Lawn for Summer

Many gardeners are patiently awaiting for temperatures to begin to warm up. During our winter period, is important to prepare our lawns for the springs season. Walking in a green fresh lawn barefooted is one of the first joy of the springs arrival. However, there is nothing more frustrating than walking in a lawn and run into some burrs. Those little seed pods hurt and can turn an otherwise pleasant experience into a painful one. The...

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Getting Prepared During Cold Weather By Dr. Mario Villarino
Jan14

Getting Prepared During Cold Weather By Dr. Mario Villarino

Recently we delivered poultry projects for our NETLA participants and discussed proper care of those chickens. Young chickens are very sensitive to cold and cannot tolerate temperatures below 90 degrees.  During the day, I visited several retailers looking for heating lamps and found out several places without heating lamps. This reminded me about the importance of being prepared for severe cold weather. EDEN, an emergency...

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Risk in cattle production
Jan07

Risk in cattle production

As a beef producer, you invest time and money in a project, either a cow/calf pair or steer production and run into risk by the time the product is finalized. Risk is any factor that can potentially make you lose money in a particular project. In a recent publication from Texas AgriLife Extension related to stress, Nykole Kafka indicated that farming and ranching can be stressful professions, and that stress can have a...

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2014 Year in Review

As we 2014 quickly comes to a conclusion, it is time for me to share with you the educational accomplishment of the Agricultural and Natural Resources plans during the year. For 2014, there were 3 outcome plans that I will share with you during the following weeks. 2014 Hopkins County Youth Science of Agriculture Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hopkins County, Texas...

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2014 Hopkins County Dairy Environmental Stewardship

Relevance: Dairy production is one of the most important industries in Hopkins County. The most common milk producer in the region is a dairyman with more than 200 head of cattle (45 producers). The Hopkins County Leadership advisory board along with county-based Program Area Committees firmly established the need for educational programs targeted for dairy producers enabling them to increase knowledge as well as adopt best management...

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2014 Optimization of Beef and Forage Production in Hopkins County

Relevance: Beef production is a 2.96 billion dollar industry in the East Region per data in the 2008 production year. The predominant beef producer in the region is a cow/calf producer with less than 100 head. All beef enterprises are affected by climate status as well as market variability. County-based Program Area Committees firmly establish the need for educational programs targeted for beef producers enabling them to increase...

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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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