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Hopkins County Hay Show: Samples taken Starting September 1, 2015
Aug27

Hopkins County Hay Show: Samples taken Starting September 1, 2015

Quality of hay matters: Hopkins County Hay Show Samples taken Starting September 1, 2015   A forage analysis can determine the nutritive value and/or any potential toxicity of forage. With this information you can calculate whether or not you will need supplemental protein, energy or minerals. You must sample the hay correctly to get an accurate analysis, and each lot of hay should be sampled independently. For the purposes of...

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NETBIO’s First Cattleman’s Classic and Ribeye Roundup!
Aug21

NETBIO’s First Cattleman’s Classic and Ribeye Roundup!

NETBIO CEO Dwight Bell and Dr. Mario Villarino, Secretary/Treasurer, discuss the October 16/17 Beef event in Sulphur Springs. In addition to education seminars at the Civic Center on Friday October 16, the committee has planned a steak cook-off and dinner with concert that evening on Celebration Plaza. Entertainment will be Hopkins County’s own Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band. An added feature will be a 5K “Run for...

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Hay production and Hay Show
Aug19

Hay production and Hay Show

Hay production and Hay Show The Professional Ag Workers has organized the 2015 Hopkins County Hay Show. Samples will be welcomed September 1 to September 18th at the Hopkins County Extension Office located at 1200B Houston Street, in Sulphur Springs. All samples will be tested for protein and energy free to the producers, courtesy of the Northeast Texas Farmers COOP in Sulphur Springs. Top places will be awarded $100, $75 and $50 for...

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Tree talk – by Mario Villarino
Aug05

Tree talk – by Mario Villarino

I like to talk and write about trees. Trees have this “mystery” behind them because for most of us, the life of a tree overpasses our normal concept of time. You see, in tree time, everything happens to a tree at a different speed than what we normally can relate to. Our busy life, ruled by days and hours, have a hard time trying to understand a creature than responds to the environment years after the event that caused the original...

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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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