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The Many Reasons to be Thankful By Mario Villarino
Nov16

The Many Reasons to be Thankful By Mario Villarino

As I was looking back at 2018, I was reflecting as how much the year changed during it evolvement. As we started with a mostly drought season, we pass thru an “Army-worm October” into a flooded season to end on a cold winter spell. This year could not be anything different almost every month. One thing in common is the impact of the weather into our hay production. Traditionally, our pastures can support our livestock with hay...

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4-H Swine Validation By Mario Villarino
Nov09

4-H Swine Validation By Mario Villarino

4-H Swine Validation- November 19, 2018 4:00 to 5:00 PM – Extension Office Swine is a generic word used to describe pigs.  For 4-H, the swine project includes the selection, care and showing of a commercial pig.  For the majority of our 4-H members, the NETLA junior market show is the livestock show where those projects will terminate but some also intent to show at major livestock shows. The swine project starts with making the...

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Pesticide Private Applicator Session By Mario Villarino
Nov02

Pesticide Private Applicator Session By Mario Villarino

Pesticide Private Applicators CEU session Scheduled for Nov 7, 2018 Licensed pesticide private applicators are required to recertify every five years by obtaining 15 continuing education credits, including two (2) credits in laws and regulations and two (2) credits in integrated pest management (IPM), prior to expiration of the license. To partially satisfy this requirement, the Hopkins County Extension Office has scheduled a 5 CEU...

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Dairy Outreach Training Scheduled for October 31, 2018
Oct24

Dairy Outreach Training Scheduled for October 31, 2018

In Texas, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Any CAFO with more than 300 animal units (more than 200 mature dairy cows) located in the dairy outreach program area (DOPA) must meet the following training and educational requirements (the DOPA includes Bosque, Comanche, Erath, Hamilton, Hopkins, Johnson, Rains, and Wood Counties): Complete an initial...

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Field Day for Producers and Grasslands Managers By Mario Villarino
Oct19

Field Day for Producers and Grasslands Managers By Mario Villarino

Field Day for Producers and Grasslands Managers October 26, 2018 Managing of grasslands involves several alternative methods that can influence the way the ranch produces. To learn the benefits and potential challenges of using native grasses the 2018 Field Day for Producers and Grassland Managers has been scheduled for October 26, 2018 at Ebel Grasslands Ranch, Sulphur Bluff, Texas. Topics will include Native Grasslands:...

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Aphids in trees By Mario Villarino
Oct12

Aphids in trees By Mario Villarino

Aphids suck plant sap from leaves, stems or even roots of plants.  Most are very host-specific, meaning they feed on only one or a few related kinds of plants.  Therefore, there is usually little danger they will move to other, different kinds of plants.  If wilting is apparent, or the sticky honeydew (aphid droppings, may result in plant covered with black sooty mold) become a problem, control with insecticides labeled for aphid...

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Junior Livestock Show Validations By Mario Villarino
Oct05

Junior Livestock Show Validations By Mario Villarino

Junior Livestock Show Validations: Steers and Heifers, October 11, 2018, Goats and Lambs Oct 18, 2018. Texas has the largest number of 4-H and FFA livestock projects in the nation. Additionally, Texas has the most exhibitors, scholarships awarded. Young people have the opportunity to participate at the county, district, regional and state level. The tremendous support and dedication of livestock show officials, donors and industry...

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Garden Checklist for October By Mario Villarino
Sep28

Garden Checklist for October By Mario Villarino

Here the recommended activities for the garden in October according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension: Carefully harvest material for dried arrangements at this time. Choose cockscomb, flowering artemisia, already mature okra pods, flowering oregano stalks and others to enhance fall and winter bouquets.October through November is an excellent time to purchase bulbs while you still have a good selection in the garden center. They may...

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Armyworms in Households By Mario Villarino
Sep21

Armyworms in Households By Mario Villarino

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 armyworms present in Texas include: the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda; the yellowstriped armyworm, Spodoptera ornithogalli; the beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua; and the true armyworm, Mythimna (=Pseudaletia) unipuncta. The fall armyworm is the insect that causes the...

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Warm-season Perennial Grasses By Mario Villarino
Sep14

Warm-season Perennial Grasses By Mario Villarino

Warm-season perennial grasses dominate most of the pastures in East Texas, but climatic conditions allow for use of cool-season annual grasses and legumes, either overseeded or in prepared seedbeds, in the fall for winter and spring grazing. Reasons for use of cool-season annual forages include extending the grazing period and improved animal performance due to their high nutritive value. Although cool-season annual forages can be...

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