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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Agrilife: Bees and Food Production
Jul14

Agrilife: Bees and Food Production

As I wrote this segment, temperatures in Hopkins County are steadily maintained in the upper 90’s. Our landscapes and agricultural fields suffer the consequences of high temperatures. Wild flowers and late summer crops in gardens are producing their last crop for the season. Insects and pollinators are working intensively. When referring to honey bees, Dr. Mike Merchant, extension urban entomologist with Texas A&M AgriLife wrote:...

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Agrilife: Dealing With Heat Stress
Jul07

Agrilife: Dealing With Heat Stress

Many Texans work under hot, humid conditions. Summer heat is a particular hazard to agricultural producers who work long hours under the sun. However, other people working in hot yards, gardens, kitchens or industry jobs are also exposed to these conditions. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, a hot work environment can impair safety and health. Both workers and their employers are responsible for taking steps to prevent...

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Agrilife: Preparing for Fall Garden
Jun30

Agrilife: Preparing for Fall Garden

Mid-July means two things: the dog days of summer and fall vegetable gardens. Everyone can relate to dog days – it’s hot and humid, good only for dogs to find a cool spot to dig a hole. But fall gardens? In July? That’s right! Mid-Summer is the time to begin preparing and planting the garden for a fall harvest. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension horticulturist, the first key for a successful fall garden is to get the weeds...

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Dealing with Heat During the Summer in Your Garden
Jun23

Dealing with Heat During the Summer in Your Garden

With record high temperatures, recently gardens are facing tremendous challenges. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, before you plant any new plants this summer, be sure that your beds are in good shape. Add several inches of organic matter, such as shredded pine bark, peat or rice hulls, to your beds to help the soil absorb and store water. Raised beds are a must for drought resistant plants since they cannot tolerate...

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Agrilife: Controlling Beaver Damage
Jun16

Agrilife: Controlling Beaver Damage

With our constant rain overrunning our fields, wildlife has the tendency to become displaced from their natural habitat due to flooding. This is true about insects and snakes. Last week I wrote about snake population managements. Just as snakes and insects, beavers are also important for our county ecology. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension information, most of the damage caused by beavers is the result of bank burrowing,...

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Agrilife: Basic Tomato Care
Jun10

Agrilife: Basic Tomato Care

According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension “If you have ever had tomato leaves turn yellow, then brown, then die from the bottom of the plant you are not alone. This is something we commonly see in our area. This is the result of a fungus infecting the foliage causing a disease known as early blight. Early blight is an annual problem for most gardeners. It normally develops into a problem when plants have a heavy fruit set and the...

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Floods and Wildlife: Catching Snakes
Jun02

Floods and Wildlife: Catching Snakes

by Mario Villarino During severe days of rain, the accumulation of water in the ground creates a problem to native and non-native plants and animals in our county. Because a high percentage (depending on the size of the component of the soil) of the soil is air, when air gets displaced by water plants can get water logged and animal dens can get flooded too. A common unwanted visitor to higher areas of you properties can be snakes...

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AgriLife: Dealing With Uncertainty
May26

AgriLife: Dealing With Uncertainty

As we celebrate our memorial day, I have taken the time to reflect over the multiple sacrifices done by humanity to overcome adversity. Overcome challenges require audacity, tenacity and courage. Our armed forces are a prime example of such commitment.  It is important to recognize their commitment and most important, I believe is to learn from it and try to adopt such principles as we face challenges.  An important part of such...

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