AgriLife: Dealing With Uncertainty
May26

AgriLife: Dealing With Uncertainty

As we celebrate our memorial day, I have taken the time to reflect over the multiple sacrifices done by humanity to overcome adversity. Overcome challenges require audacity, tenacity and courage. Our armed forces are a prime example of such commitment.  It is important to recognize their commitment and most important, I believe is to learn from it and try to adopt such principles as we face challenges.  An important part of such...

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Controlling Fleas Requires Multi-Step Process
May19

Controlling Fleas Requires Multi-Step Process

When dog and cat owners notice their pet excessively scratching, biting, and licking, many of them associate these signs with fleas. With so many products on the market for flea treatment and prevention, finding the right product to treat your pet and house can be both intimidating and confusing. Controlling fleas is a multi-step process and often involves assistance from your veterinarian, especially in severe cases. For every flea...

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Lawn Damage and White Grubs
May12

Lawn Damage and White Grubs

by Mario Villarino Our recent intensive rains not only affect our hay farmers. Your lawn might be also become affected by diseases due to the intensive and prolong water and moisture. From typical “take- all” fungal to fire ants and white grubs can all be culprit due to the amount of water displacing air forcing insects to come out seeking air. A common culprit of lawn damage are white grubs. White grub damage can be easily be...

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Progress in Testing Technologies for BVD-PI Calves
May05

Progress in Testing Technologies for BVD-PI Calves

by Mario Villarino Today, our communication system provide us information even we do not necessarily make a direct effort to get it. As I was talking about the impact of this to the staff at the Hopkins County extension office, we came to the conclusion that this trend not only will continue but will become the norm in how we interpret our world and how we become aware of the different happenings in it. I personally do not have a...

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Yellow Flowers in the Pasture
Apr27

Yellow Flowers in the Pasture

Yellow flowers in the pasture As our cold days are moving out, we start seeing the flowering of many weeds turning into yellow flowers. As I was starting my working week, several friends and producers ask me about “this little yellow flower that grows everywhere”. Diligently, I went into finding of such as pesky flower and found not one but several weeds flowering with yellow blooms in the country side. From the many yellowing flowers...

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Water puddles: Mosquito Habitat
Apr20

Water puddles: Mosquito Habitat

As rain continues in Hopkins County and temperatures steadily increase, I have felt recently the first mosquito bites of the season. As I reflect on vector borne diseases, I cannot help but to remember how complex and difficult task is mosquito abatement. During my days as a graduate student, I was involved in the Harris County mosquito abatement program using mosquito strains as reference for insecticide resistance. One of my...

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Hot and Humid Issues; Coming Events
Apr13

Hot and Humid Issues; Coming Events

  by Mario Villarino Just as I started thinking about this week notes, and as I was watching rain on and off in Sulphur Springs, I recalled the issue related to molds growing in our crops. The critical part of a healthy plant environment is for the rain cycles to have a chance to dry out. Although plants enjoy watering, certainly too much of it can become a problem. A good optimal environment in the ground is to have an...

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Master Gardener’s Present Outdoor Education at Douglas Elementary
Apr07

Master Gardener’s Present Outdoor Education at Douglas Elementary

A new concept of outdoor education is currently “growing up” in Douglas Campus in Sulphur Springs. With the leadership of Mr. Tim Thomas, science teacher in the campus and 4-H leader, Hopkins County Master Gardener’s volunteers and Hopkins County 4-H, the idea of outdoor education has become a reality. “My life long desire of incorporating physical activity, science projects and gardening has become a reality- Thomas said. According...

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Plant with Tumors: Crown Gall of Rose
Mar31

Plant with Tumors: Crown Gall of Rose

by Mario Villarino, DVM, Ph.D. Hopkins County Extension Agent East Texas is widely known for using roses as focal points in our gardens. After all, roses can play a significant role of any landscape but particularly the Northeast Texas landscapes. Recently, a call from a professional landscaper pointed out a disease new to me in roses: crown galls in roses. This disease is caused by a tumor inducing bacterial that causes a growing...

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Water Quality Training: The Importance of Water
Mar22

Water Quality Training: The Importance of Water

by Mario Villarino, DVM, Ph.D. It is easy to understand the importance of water as a need and resource for our society. Both extremes (the absence or abundance of water) can provoke catastrophic consequences. Recently (as early as last year) we suffered both sides of the equation in the same year. Although a normal recurrence, the absence or abundance of water can cause stress in farmers and ranchers and communities as well. Both...

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