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Time To Prune Plants
Mar05

Time To Prune Plants

By Judy Jones, a Hopkins Master Gardener           Winter in north Texas is never quite what we expect…freezes may be early or late, and there will almost always be a week or two that leads us to think that Spring-time is already here.  The average date of the last freeze in Hopkins County is generally mid-March, so there is still an opportunity to prune our landscapes to get...

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Pesticides and waterways By Mario Villarino
Feb22

Pesticides and waterways By Mario Villarino

Recent rain in Hopkins County has created large portions of stagnant water that creates a challenge to landowners when trying to maintain them. National Pesticide Information Center stated: When you look at a glass of water, you are looking at a world traveler. Water evaporates off the earth and circles the globe as clouds and vapor. It is deposited as rain and snow. Rain and snow melt then flow down streams and rivers into estuaries...

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What to Expect from the 4-H Program By Mario Villarino
Feb15

What to Expect from the 4-H Program By Mario Villarino

I often get asked when new families join 4-H what to expect of the program. It is usually the word of 4-Hers and their families that provides the answer correctly. For many, it is the livestock projects, for others the very many other activities in 4-H.  According to Marty Vahlenkamp (www. https://texasyouthlivestock.com) the answer for sure it is different for every 4-H’er depending on their goals and personal situation. The typical...

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2019 Hopkins County Junior Market Livestock Show Starts February 21st
Feb05

2019 Hopkins County Junior Market Livestock Show Starts February 21st

by Mario Villarino The hands of youth livestock exhibitors do more than raise livestock projects that are an example of the highest quality animals in our food chain. Those hands also work to learn, lead, mentor, and serve. Thousands of 4-H and FFA youth, both young and old, use their hands day in and day out to succeed with livestock projects and build a better future for themselves and those around them. Hopkins County celebrates...

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Vegetable Grafiting- Tomato By Mario Villarino
Jan18

Vegetable Grafiting- Tomato By Mario Villarino

Since people first learned to graft plants, a myriad of grafting techniques have been developed. In The Grafter’s Handbook, Garner enumerates and describes some forty different grafts. Success in grafting depends not only on a technically correct graft but in preparation of the scion and rootstock for graftage. Equally critical are the optimum time for grafting, and proper aftercare. With high labor costs, only a few of the more...

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Plant Protection in Winter By Mario Villarino
Jan11

Plant Protection in Winter By Mario Villarino

In much of the state our winters are brief with lots of moderate to cool temperatures interrupted by a few killing freezes. If we can take steps to help our plants through those cold snaps we can cheat the hardiness zone a bit in the landscape and keep a vegetable garden going all winter long. There are a number of techniques we can use to help avoid freeze damage to our plants. Here are a few of the more common ones. Watering: There...

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Cattle Feeding During the Winter By Mario Villarino
Jan04

Cattle Feeding During the Winter By Mario Villarino

The weather conditions during this fall-winter season has created serious problems for beef producers needing hay. Many producers are finding out low quality hay and even then hay is getting harder to find. Getting or keeping cows in proper body condition throughout the winter can optimize pregnancy rates the following season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jason Banta, beef cattle specialist, Overton,...

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Agrilife: Seed Germination
Dec28

Agrilife: Seed Germination

As I was visiting retail stores in Sulphur Springs, I noticed many starting to stock seeds for vegetables and ornamentals for the upcoming season. Although is exciting to plan ahead, is important to remember the basic biology of plants BEFORE committing to purchase seeds. A seed contains an embryonic plant in a resting condition, and germination is its resumption of growth. Seeds will begin to germinate when the soil temperature is in...

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Winter weeds- Burweed By Mario Villarino
Dec21

Winter weeds- Burweed By Mario Villarino

Recently, phone calls reached the Hopkins County Extension Office related to lawns infestations with burweed. According to Dr. Shackelford, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Austin, nothing designates spring’s arrival like walking barefoot on a lawn of lush, green grass. This pleasant experience can often turn into a painful, sticky situation with the presence of lawn burweed. Other names for this weed are spurweed and stinging...

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2018 Hopkins County Livestock and Forage Education (Tours, Trainings and Field Days) By Mario Villarino
Dec14

2018 Hopkins County Livestock and Forage Education (Tours, Trainings and Field Days) By Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas Relevance: Livestock and forage production is a 3.96 billion-dollar industry in the Central Region. Livestock and forage enterprises are affected by climate and market variability. Hopkins County currently has more than 100,000 head of beef cattle with 27,000 of those being dairy cattle. Due to environmental...

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