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Pond Management: Algae By Mario Villarino
Apr20

Pond Management: Algae By Mario Villarino

Aquatic vegetation management can be a perplexing problem. The first part of that problem is proper identification. Management of most aquatic plant species depends on properly identifying the desirable or nuisance plant. Many ponds have more than one type of aquatic plant, and care must be taken to identify all the aquatic plants inhabiting the pond. Some pond plants may be beneficial to local or migratory wildlife, and therefore,...

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Blackberries: Friend or Foe By Mario Villarino
Apr13

Blackberries: Friend or Foe By Mario Villarino

As I started mowing more often and visiting sites around Hopkins County, the Blackberry weed has lately come into conversation often. Blackberries are plants that can be friends or foe depending of the intensity of the numbers of plants and purpose of the land. Some people might welcome them while others might have issues having them in their property. According to work done by the Noble Foundation in Oklahoma , Blackberry (Rubus sp.)...

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Feeding Cattle Grain-Based Diets By Mario Villarino
Apr06

Feeding Cattle Grain-Based Diets By Mario Villarino

As our spring season begins to take on, our availability of grasses begins to increase also. During this time of the year, our weaned cattle usually turns into a grazing feeding pattern without too many complications. It is however, more challenging to convert the steers into a grain diet later on, or in the particular case of steer pen shows, to get them into the feeding portion all together. Properly starting a calf on feed and...

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Understanding your Lawn: St. Augustine Grass By Mario Villarino
Mar30

Understanding your Lawn: St. Augustine Grass By Mario Villarino

Understanding your lawn: St Augustine grass As our temperatures steadily increase and maintain temperatures, so is our desire and interest in the garden and lawns. After last weekend, the consultations coming to the extension offices related to lawn issues increased significantly. Common questions related St. Augustine grass lawns. St Agustine grass (Stenotaphrum secundatum (Walt.) Kuntze), is a perennial robust grass widely used for...

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Potato Farming Tips By Mario Villarino
Mar23

Potato Farming Tips By Mario Villarino

Potatoes are one of the first vegetables planted by seasoned gardeners. Irish potatoes are one of America’s most popular vegetables—the average American eats about 125 pounds of potatoes and potato products each year. The edible part of the plant is an underground stem called a tuber (not a root). Irish potatoes contain 2 percent protein and 18 percent starch. They are an inexpensive source of carbohydrates and, when prepared...

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Proper Lawn Care Tips by Mario Villarino
Mar16

Proper Lawn Care Tips by Mario Villarino

As temperatures start warming up, it is common for lawn owners to start planning for their lawn care. Remember that temperatures are still cold for summer weeds, and most of the existing lawn weeds (cold weather weeds) will die as temperature warms up. The critical temperature is consecutive for weed development are consecutive warm days. Warm season does not start until ground temperatures reaches 50F for several days. Aggressive...

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Asian Lady Beetle Infestation of Structures By Mario Villarino
Mar09

Asian Lady Beetle Infestation of Structures By Mario Villarino

The Asian Lady Beetle, Harmonia axyridis (Pallas), is relatively new to this country. The beetle is native to Asia (e.g., China, Russia, Korea, Japan), where it dwells in trees and fields, preying on aphids and scale insects. According to Potter et al, Extension Entomologist from the University of Kentucky, the first field populations in the United States were found in Louisiana in 1988. Since then the beetle has expanded its range to...

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March in the Garden By Mario Villarino
Mar02

March in the Garden By Mario Villarino

Late rains and warm temperatures has created interesting effects in plants and insects in our gardens. Here the suggestion for our gardens from our horticulturist in Overton: Often, tomato and pepper plants started outdoors from seed will grow so quickly they will catch up with commercial plants in size within a few weeks. For many gardeners, this is the only way to obtain rare or heirloom varieties. But because this has been a winter...

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Livestock Preparedness & Recovery By Mario Villarino
Feb23

Livestock Preparedness & Recovery By Mario Villarino

Recent precipitation has triggered several emergency-response mechanisms county-wide .  According to David W. Smith, Extension Safety Program Specialist, recent agricultural statistics ranks Texas number one in livestock (cattle and calves) production with more than 14 million head. This industry contributes nearly 8 billion dollars in cash sales receipts each year to the state. In the event of a major emergency or disaster, personal...

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2018 Hopkins County Junior Livestock Market Show By Mario Villarino
Feb16

2018 Hopkins County Junior Livestock Market Show By Mario Villarino

As we get closer to our NETLA Junior Market Livestock Show (Feb 22,23 and 24) I wanted to share with you a little bit about the event. The North East Texas Livestock Association  (NETLA) is a non-for-profit association created with the purpose of promoting youth development and is composed of volunteers, FFA advisors, 4-H leaders and myself, the Hopkins County Extension Agent. As an organization, we promote youth development during...

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