Agrilife: October Is Busy Month For Extension Office
Sep29

Agrilife: October Is Busy Month For Extension Office

by Mario Villarino, DVM, Ph.D. October is probably the busiest month for the Hopkins County Extension Office and starts with the 4-H week! (October 2-8, 2016). We will get together Monday October 3rd, 2016 at 4:30 PM at the steps of the Hopkins County Courthouse to read the National 4-H proclamation with our County Judge Robert Newsom and enjoy our traditional 4-H cake and drinks. All public welcome!. We will also celebrate the...

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4-H and FFA Validation Dates for Major and NETLA Show By Mario Villarino
Sep20

4-H and FFA Validation Dates for Major and NETLA Show By Mario Villarino

4-H and FFA Validation dates for Major and NETLA show   Texas is privileged to have the largest junior breeding heifer program in the nation. However, the sheer size of Texas, diversity in counties and beef breed associations has created some challenges for effectively and fairly managing the program. Because of numerous breed divisions offered, there are inconsistencies in how breed associations record purchase and transfer...

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Agrilife: Private Applicator Training Scheduled for October 12, 2016 in Sulphur Springs
Sep15

Agrilife: Private Applicator Training Scheduled for October 12, 2016 in Sulphur Springs

A private pesticide applicator is someone who uses or supervises the use of restricted-use or state-limited-use pesticides or regulated herbicides to produce an agricultural commodity on: Personally owned property; Rented property Property owned by his or her employer; Property under his or her general control; or The property of another person if applied without compensation, other than the trading of personal services between...

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The Importance of Maintaining Agricultural Markets By Mario Villarino
Sep10

The Importance of Maintaining Agricultural Markets By Mario Villarino

The importance of maintaining agricultural markets During my years in agriculture (basically all my life) I have seen agricultural related industries adapting to market changes. During my years in Veterinary School, I held an externship chair in a well-known pharmaceutical medical company with headquarters in Germany. It was a great opportunity and I enjoyed the multi-cultural atmosphere maintained by the company and the team work...

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Agrilife: September Critical Month for Gardens
Sep01

Agrilife: September Critical Month for Gardens

September is a critical month for our gardens. With temperatures starting to drop, it make a perfect time for working on the garden. The recommended activities for the garden for September by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension (Dr. Welch, Horticulture) are as follows: Sustaining adequate moisture in the garden and landscape is the #1 priority for late summer and fall. Water trees and shrubs by giving them at least one inch of water per...

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Enrollment For 4-H is Underway
Aug26

Enrollment For 4-H is Underway

Texas 4-H is like a club for kids and teens ages 5-18, and it’s BIG! It’s the largest youth development program in Texas with more than 550,000 youth each year. No matter where you live or what you like to do, Texas 4-H has something that lets you be a better you! You may think 4-H is only for your friends with animals, but it’s so much more! You can do activities like shooting sports, food science, healthy living, robotics, fashion,...

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Fish Die-Off In Ponds
Aug18

Fish Die-Off In Ponds

Fish die-off in ponds   During this time of the year, the temperature changes create a challenge to fish populations living in ponds in our county. As a general rule, small ponds intensively managed for catfish are the most susceptible to die-off problems. Other common scenarios for summer die-off problems are ponds with large quantities of aquatic vegetation, ponds that are heavily or frequently fed with commercial fish diets,...

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AgriLife: Armyworms
Aug11

AgriLife: Armyworms

Recently the warm weather and sporadic rains have trigger the outbreaks of several insects including with reports of armyworms in east and west portions of the county. According to Sansone, Minzemayer and Merchant Extension Entomologists, Texas AgriLife – Extension, armyworm outbreaks are difficult to predict but infestations seem to occur in portions of the state every year especially after early fall rains. Common species of...

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AgriLife Extension: Combating Grasshoppers
Jul28

AgriLife Extension: Combating Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers are reported affecting sites in Hopkins County. This might to come to you as big news since you probably have seen grasshoppers already in yards and fields. A recent high number of reports across the county confirm the presence of grasshoppers already causing damage to crops this year. The management of grasshoppers in hay fields is considerably different than in gardens and lawns and I will address those differences...

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Hopkins County Hay Show And August Garden List
Jul21

Hopkins County Hay Show And August Garden List

Hopkins County Hay Show and August Garden list: The temperature highest pick of the summer always brings a challenge to farmers and gardeners. Traditionally, July and August are among our hottest months and this year has not been an exception. For our hay producers, it will be important to evaluate their hay crop quality since our first cut might got watered down because the intensive rain earlier on the year. A good way to evaluate...

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