Cold Weather Complications By Mario Villarino
Jan06

Cold Weather Complications By Mario Villarino

Cold weather can be a challenge for everybody, even for farmers and ranchers. Cold weather makes everything a little bit harder to accomplish and equipment tends to get broken or fail more often in winter, or at least seems to be. Horses are specially sensitive to cold weather and lack of proper hydration during cold days. According to the University of Minnesota Extension, when horses consume winter feeds, water requirements may...

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Mistletoe By Mario Villarino
Dec30

Mistletoe By Mario Villarino

As I was visiting several sites recently, I noticed the presence of mistletoe in several big trees in Hopkins County. According to Texas A&M plant pathologist J. Johnson, mistletoe is an important part of the holiday season. Branches are frequently hung over the door as part of the celebration. Unfortunately that is the only good use for this plant. For the rest of the year homeowners are concerned about how to rid their trees of...

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Private Applicator Licensing and January Garden Checklist By Mario Villarino
Dec16

Private Applicator Licensing and January Garden Checklist By Mario Villarino

By the time you get this edition, Christmas celebration should be in full swing. We at the Hopkins County Extension Office will like to wish you Merry Christmas and the best for you and yours during this holiday season. I know the garden should not and will probably will not be a priority now but for those looking into having a little time to meditate or relax during this time of the year, Texas A&M AgriLife has a check list for...

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2016 Hopkins County Water and Energy Conservation By Mario Villarino
Dec09

2016 Hopkins County Water and Energy Conservation By Mario Villarino

2016 Hopkins County Water and Energy Conservation   Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas Relevance: Water quality and water quantity has emerged as the predominant issue across the state as indicated through local input, legislative efforts, and numerous other indicators. Agriculture is the largest water user in the state and agriculture is under...

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2016 Hopkins County Livestock and Forage By Mario Villarino
Dec02

2016 Hopkins County Livestock and Forage By Mario Villarino

Relevance: Beef and Dairy Production is a 2.96 billion dollar industry in the East Region of Texas. The most common beef producer in the region is a cow/calf producer with less than 100 head. County-based Program Area Committees (PAC) firmly establish the need for educational programs targeted for beef and dairy producers enabling them to increase knowledge as well as adopt best management practices and new technologies improving...

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Agrilife Year in Review: 2016 Hopkins County Youth Science of Agriculture
Nov23

Agrilife Year in Review: 2016 Hopkins County Youth Science of Agriculture

by Mario Villarino I could not start this week commentaries without expressing my sincere recognition to all those volunteers and members of our community that contributed to the success of our extension program in Hopkins County. If you were part or participated somehow on the many different activities related to the Extension Office I wanted to remind you that this programs was created for you by member like you. I also want to...

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Cold Weather and The Garden By Mario Villarino
Nov11

Cold Weather and The Garden By Mario Villarino

Cold Weather and The Garden As I wrote this article, I detected temperatures getting cold rather rapidly. I know many of us welcome a little bit of cold weather after the long hot season and our gardens respond rapidly to colder temperatures. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension horticulturists, gardening has plenty of challenges. Insects, diseases, drought, wind, excessive rainfall, soil problems, lack of pollination, too...

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St. Augustine Grass Lawn Problems By Mario Villarino
Nov04

St. Augustine Grass Lawn Problems By Mario Villarino

Recently I have visited with several homeowners related to st. Agustinegrass lawns having problems. Expanding, irregular patches of dead or stunted grass surrounded by a halo of yellowing, dying grass can have several causes including drought, fungal infections or chinch bugs. The “islands” of dying grass cause by chinch bugs tend to increase in size and merge as insect numbers increase. Damage can develop rapidly, especially in sunny...

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November Garden Checklist By Mario Villarino
Oct28

November Garden Checklist By Mario Villarino

November Garden check list The end of October and beginning of November is the perfect time to start getting ready for our cold season. Pastures and lawns are dormant and there is plenty of activity in the gardens trying to keep up with dropping needles and leaves and pruning. Here the recommended list of activities for November for the garden by the staff at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension: Don’t forget to give your landscape...

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Twig Girdlers and Upcoming Dairy Programs By Mario Villarino
Oct21

Twig Girdlers and Upcoming Dairy Programs By Mario Villarino

Recently I got a report of Twig girdlers affecting pecan trees in the Miller Grove area. These beetles are 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, light to dark brown with a wide gray band across the wing covers (elytra) and a dense sprinkling of pink, orange or dark yellow spots. They have long antennae, being members of the longhorned beetle family, Cerambycidae. The pecan girdler occurs throughout Texas except in the trans-Pecos area. Mesquite twig...

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