Mario A. Villarino Archives - Ksst Radio
Beef Tips (From Beef Cattle Short Course in TAMU) By Mario Villarino
Aug11

Beef Tips (From Beef Cattle Short Course in TAMU) By Mario Villarino

This week I got the chance of attend and participate at the TAMU Beef Short Course in College Station. This year, the program attracted more than 2200 attendees and must of the session I participate were very well attended. The major topics that attracted my interest were on the Animal Health track. For those who have not attended this yearly event, the set-up of the lectures is divided in topics of interest, and the sessions are...

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Evaluating Weed Control: Sprayer Calibration By Mario Villarino
Aug04

Evaluating Weed Control: Sprayer Calibration By Mario Villarino

Evaluating weed control: sprayer calibration Weed control relies in proper weed identification, proper method of control, herbicide selection (if applicable), time of application and proper delivery of the herbicide. Must of the weed control is more successful when weeds are small, but weeds are harder to identify when immature. Also, high temperatures and older weeds require more herbicide to accomplish the goal. At this time of the...

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Recognizing Good Bugs vs Bad Bugs in the Garden By Mario Villarino
Aug02

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Recognizing Good Bugs vs Bad Bugs in the Garden By Mario Villarino

The good, the bad and the ugly: recognizing good bugs vs bad bugs in the garden. Insects in the garden can be a potential challenge for the gardener. In one hand, too many bad bugs can create serious problems to the plants and in the other hand, some bugs are beneficial because they feed out of other insects, helping controlling their numbers. Some good bugs are however, quite ugly and scary. The “assassin bugs” are an example of...

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New Pesticide Private Applicator Training By Mario Villarino
Jul21

New Pesticide Private Applicator Training By Mario Villarino

New Pesticide Private Applicator Training schedule for August 16, 2017 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...

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Summer Gardening 101 By Mario Villarino
Jul14

Summer Gardening 101 By Mario Villarino

As we move into our hot gardening season, the increase of temperatures begins to show in both the garden and the gardener. As I was conducting one of our outdoor summer camps session earlier this week, the impact of the high temperatures in us the instructors and our participants was terrible. A similar effect can be expected in our livestock and plants during this time of the year. Because both July and August are in the top of the...

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Armyworms By Mario Villarino
Jul07

Armyworms By Mario Villarino

According to producers in east Hopkins County and Rains County, armyworms have been seen recently affecting crops in those regions of Northeast Texas. According to Dr. Knutson, agricultural entomologist with Texas A&M Agrilife extension, two species of armyworms attack forage and field crops in north Texas. The fall armyworm is most abundant during August through early November in north Texas and feeds primarily on bermudagrass,...

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Comparison of Herbicides By Mario Villarino
Jun30

Comparison of Herbicides By Mario Villarino

Recently I got a request from one of our producers related to herbicide applications and the role of generic products today. After asking several questions related to the topic, I came to the conclusion that cost per application was the main concern.  According to F. Menalled, MSU Extension Service Cropland Weed Specialist there has been a proliferation of generic herbicides, look-alike products with different commercial names but the...

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Weed Control By Mario Villarino
Jun23

Weed Control By Mario Villarino

Weed control is an on-going process in Hopkins County. With our rainy season bringing April showers that sometimes carry well over early summer and recent devastating tornadoes in Northeast Texas is not surprising to have pending issues in our pastures because weather related delays. A common challenge is getting to harvest standing hay production because flooding or standing water in the fields or having to harvest hay infested with...

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Beef Tips- Anaplasmosis By Mario Villarino
Jun09

Beef Tips- Anaplasmosis By Mario Villarino

One method to maintain communication and educational efforts to our community is the release of newsletters. With recent development of internet-based information and mass media, it is important to use these communication methods to relate time-based information to our constituents instead of traditional printed materials.. Because the time sensitive information due to recent rains and high incidence of mosquitoes in Hopkins County, I...

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June Monthy Checklist By Mario Villarino
May26

June Monthy Checklist By Mario Villarino

As we move into the warmer weather, the popular “Monthly check list” for the gardeners released by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension  (compiled by Dr. William C. Welch, Professor & Landscape Horticulturist) has become handy for home gardeners. Here the list for the Month of June:   Supplemental irrigation is essential for all but the hardiest plants in times of extended drought. Water lawn and garden thoroughly, but not too...

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