The Mighty Pecan By Mario Villarino
Mar24

The Mighty Pecan By Mario Villarino

  The pecan tree (Carya Spp) is a common often beloved commercial and landscape tree in Hopkins County. Native to Texas and Northern Mexico, the pecan trees have provides shade and nurture to our region for centuries. George Ray McEachern, extension horticulturist from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension stated: “ The pecan is the official state tree, it can be grown in every area of the state and it is a part of Texas tradition....

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Thistles By Mario Villarino
Mar17

Thistles By Mario Villarino

As I was visiting landowners recently, I noticed the presence of thistles in our county. Thistles are an interesting introduced plant. Many are biennial (coming back every other year) and others return every year. During my recent mowing efforts earlier on the week, I also noticed thistles in my lawn. Many thistles are valued as nectar producers for pollinator insects, and thus have a significant value for wildlife, however, according...

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Soil pH By Mario Villarino
Mar10

Soil pH By Mario Villarino

As temperatures start warming up, ranchers and farmers start planning crops and crop cycles for the summer season. A very important part of the planning process should include soil testing to determine current soil conditions before planting. According to Dr. Redmon, Texas A&M AgriLife Soil Scientist, various environmental, climatic, and cultural factors can affect formation of acid soils. The most common factors are: Parent...

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NETLA Recap By Mario Villarino
Mar03

NETLA Recap By Mario Villarino

It has been just over a week after our NETLA Junior Livestock Show is over and by now the final add on support is getting in and our totals getting computed. Just as we recap some of the experiences gained in putting a show as this together I was asked to explain to new families the reasons to get involved raising and showing projects. I can hardly start describing the experience without recalling my own experience growing up selling...

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Grassburs By Mario Villarino
Feb24

Grassburs By Mario Villarino

Grassburs are a common grassy weed in lawns and fields in our county. Most of the homeowners find them late in the fall when the seed heads are dry and gets into everywhere. For the control of grassburs, the late Dr. McAfee back then extension turf specialist wrote: “Field sandbur (grassbur) is a summer annual grassy weed that can be found in home lawns, sports fields, parks and along roadsides. This weed is especially adapted to dry,...

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Recommended Activities for the Garden by Mario Villarino
Feb17

Recommended Activities for the Garden by Mario Villarino

This week and coming week are full of livestock activities as we get ready for our Northeast Texas Livestock Show starting Feb 23, 2017.  More than sixty 4-H members will be showing their livestock projects during the event. We are looking forward for some friendly competition and a good display of husbandry and showmanship of livestock projects. For those not very familiar with raising show projects, the intensity of care and money...

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Henbit By Mario Villarino
Feb10

Henbit By Mario Villarino

This winter season has reality become a challenge for everyone. With temperature oscillations of close to 40 degrees in the same week, the winter really looks like spring at times. Even the royal empress tree at the park is responding to the warm temperatures by beginning to bud. One of the real questions becomes to when the spring really starts and when those springs weeds will germinate? If we have another cold spell before too...

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Agrilife To-Do List by Mario Villarino
Feb03

Agrilife To-Do List by Mario Villarino

February is traditionally our 4-H livestock show month. As our 4-H members are busy working with their projects, activities in the garden remain slow. Many gardeners suffer from “gardening fever” and start getting excited when temperatures warm up a little. I must remind you that our cold weather season has plenty to go before it is over. It is however, important to start thinking about pre-emergent application of herbicides before...

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Agriculture Pesticide Program By Mario Villarino
Jan27

Agriculture Pesticide Program By Mario Villarino

AGRICULTURE PESTICIDE PROGRAM: Certification scheduled for February 8, 2017 Many pesticides are regulated from product conception by the manufacturer. Traditionally, several entities (FDA, EPA, USDA and other) regulatory agencies are part of the process of reviewing, controlling or changing the regulatory status of agricultural products. Although the outcome is simple (either deciding if is regulated or not) the process is complex and...

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Hopkins County Master Gardeners Club Ready to Plant
Jan26

Hopkins County Master Gardeners Club Ready to Plant

It is a little early in the gardening season, but the Master Gardeners are ready for spring planting. However, at the monthly meeting held at the AgriLife Extension Building on Houston St, business items took precedence over more agrarian pursuits. An executive session before the regular meeting revealed that a Board of directors must be elected and sent to meetings across Texas.  Upcoming events include a Plant Swap, and a Pesticide...

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