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Evaluating Tree Health By Mario Villarino
Jul13

Evaluating Tree Health By Mario Villarino

The impact in our landscapes of hot and dry weather can be seen not only during the current seasons but for years to come. Trees, a significant landscape asset of your garden tend to reveal the drought effects YEARS after the actual drought takes effect. Many weather effects can be noticed right away specially if those are caused by storms or snow. Drought effects, in the other hand, are hard to evaluate until the next spring season....

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Bagworms and More By Mario Villarino
Jun29

Bagworms and More By Mario Villarino

Bagworms are caterpillars that make distinctive spindle-shaped bags on a variety of trees and shrubs. They attack both deciduous trees and evergreens, but are especially damaging to juniper, arborvitae, spruce, pine and cedar. Large populations of bagworms can strip plants of their foliage and eventually cause them to die. Infestations often go unnoticed because people mistake the protective bags for pine cones or other plant parts....

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National Dairy Month: Highlighting Hardworking Dairy Farmers By Mario Villarino
Jun22

National Dairy Month: Highlighting Hardworking Dairy Farmers By Mario Villarino

As we conclude our Hopkins County Celebration of the Dairy Industry, I wanted to share some of the history and current situation of the dairy industry as I see it. Dairy farming is as agriculture as can be. Transformation of feed stuff unfit for human consumption gets farmed and provided to highly efficient cattle that transforms it using bacterial and protozoan digestion to make it milk and meat. As a rule, dairy cattle transform...

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Nitrate and Prussic Acid Management By Mario Villarino
Jun15

Nitrate and Prussic Acid Management By Mario Villarino

The One Health concept is a strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment. To promote improvement in community health, The Hopkins County Leadership Advisory Board is sponsoring a two series event (July 6 and 13) at 6:30 PM at the Hopkins County Extension Office with the idea of conducting an open discussion related to pet and human...

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AgriLife: What is Wrong With My Tomato Plant?
Jun07

AgriLife: What is Wrong With My Tomato Plant?

by Mario Villarino If the leaves on your vegetable plants are twisted or curled, the problem could be environmental, chemical, or biological. Sometimes all the leaves on a plant are twisted or curled; sometimes only new growth has symptoms while older leaves are normal. Damage may start moderately then quickly begin to affect new growth. Damage to tomato and other vegetable plants may have one or a combination of causes (Figs. 1-5)....

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Green Water in Ponds By Mario Villarino
Jun01

Green Water in Ponds By Mario Villarino

Earlier in the week, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Sulphur Springs received several phone calls related to algae in ponds. In general, aquatic vegetation often gets called algae, a loose controversial term that can lead to confusion when people try to describe plants living in ponds. Must aquatic plants serve an ecological purpose in the pond. Sometimes, the same plants can overtake ponds and create problems....

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Proper Summer Lawn Care By Mario Villarino
May25

Proper Summer Lawn Care By Mario Villarino

As many other Hopkins County residents (or living anywhere else for that manner) this time of the year you are spending time partially taking care of the lawn. The lawn, for many is the “pride and joy” of the front house or the backyard, but for many others, it is a constant chore that, like it or not, can cause serious eye sores for your property if not attended to. For some reason or another, the lawn plays a significant role in how...

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Know your weeds: Nettles By Mario Villarino
May18

Know your weeds: Nettles By Mario Villarino

As I was conducting a visit earlier in the week, I noticed the flowering of nettles in the pastures of this new landowner. There are several species of horse nettle, all of which have star-shaped blossoms with prominent petals, flat or turned backward, and yellow stamens. Almost all of them are prickly. Flowers of the various species are blue, purple, yellow, or white. White horse nettle gets its name from its covering of silvery...

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Pond weed control with fish: The grass carp By Mario Villarino
May11

Pond weed control with fish: The grass carp By Mario Villarino

As our weather warms up, major attention is driven to our outdoor activities including enjoying our ponds and lakes. Because it is common to fish, the presence of pond weeds are often more noticed in warm weather when our families gathered to enjoy the outdoors. A common method to control weeds is using vegetarian fish. There are two main fish species used to control vegetation in ponds in Texas: the Mozambique tilapia and the grass...

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2018 NETBIO Beef UP May 11, 2018 By Mario Villarino
May04

2018 NETBIO Beef UP May 11, 2018 By Mario Villarino

2018 NETBIO Beef UP May 11, 2018 Bull management can improve producers’ chances for reproductive success, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Proper bull management is necessary for successful breeding programs. Monitoring the health of bulls prior to and during breeding season can improve a producer’s chances of having a successful calf crop. Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton,...

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