Recommended Activities for the Garden by Mario Villarino
Feb17

Recommended Activities for the Garden by Mario Villarino

This week and coming week are full of livestock activities as we get ready for our Northeast Texas Livestock Show starting Feb 23, 2017.  More than sixty 4-H members will be showing their livestock projects during the event. We are looking forward for some friendly competition and a good display of husbandry and showmanship of livestock projects. For those not very familiar with raising show projects, the intensity of care and money...

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Henbit By Mario Villarino
Feb10

Henbit By Mario Villarino

This winter season has reality become a challenge for everyone. With temperature oscillations of close to 40 degrees in the same week, the winter really looks like spring at times. Even the royal empress tree at the park is responding to the warm temperatures by beginning to bud. One of the real questions becomes to when the spring really starts and when those springs weeds will germinate? If we have another cold spell before too...

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Agrilife To-Do List by Mario Villarino
Feb03

Agrilife To-Do List by Mario Villarino

February is traditionally our 4-H livestock show month. As our 4-H members are busy working with their projects, activities in the garden remain slow. Many gardeners suffer from “gardening fever” and start getting excited when temperatures warm up a little. I must remind you that our cold weather season has plenty to go before it is over. It is however, important to start thinking about pre-emergent application of herbicides before...

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Agriculture Pesticide Program By Mario Villarino
Jan27

Agriculture Pesticide Program By Mario Villarino

AGRICULTURE PESTICIDE PROGRAM: Certification scheduled for February 8, 2017 Many pesticides are regulated from product conception by the manufacturer. Traditionally, several entities (FDA, EPA, USDA and other) regulatory agencies are part of the process of reviewing, controlling or changing the regulatory status of agricultural products. Although the outcome is simple (either deciding if is regulated or not) the process is complex and...

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Hopkins County Master Gardeners Club Ready to Plant
Jan26

Hopkins County Master Gardeners Club Ready to Plant

It is a little early in the gardening season, but the Master Gardeners are ready for spring planting. However, at the monthly meeting held at the AgriLife Extension Building on Houston St, business items took precedence over more agrarian pursuits. An executive session before the regular meeting revealed that a Board of directors must be elected and sent to meetings across Texas.  Upcoming events include a Plant Swap, and a Pesticide...

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The Price of Beef By Mario Villarino
Jan20

The Price of Beef By Mario Villarino

Local markets are an interesting subject for discussion. As a rule, the more scarce the commodity is the higher the prices to the consumers it will be. In the case of beef and because high prices causes people to consume less meat, the relationship between high prices and low consumption is true. As I was going thru some USDA studies where it is reflected this to be true, I could not help but notice the variation between prices at any...

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Cold Weather Complications By Mario Villarino
Jan06

Cold Weather Complications By Mario Villarino

Cold weather can be a challenge for everybody, even for farmers and ranchers. Cold weather makes everything a little bit harder to accomplish and equipment tends to get broken or fail more often in winter, or at least seems to be. Horses are specially sensitive to cold weather and lack of proper hydration during cold days. According to the University of Minnesota Extension, when horses consume winter feeds, water requirements may...

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Mistletoe By Mario Villarino
Dec30

Mistletoe By Mario Villarino

As I was visiting several sites recently, I noticed the presence of mistletoe in several big trees in Hopkins County. According to Texas A&M plant pathologist J. Johnson, mistletoe is an important part of the holiday season. Branches are frequently hung over the door as part of the celebration. Unfortunately that is the only good use for this plant. For the rest of the year homeowners are concerned about how to rid their trees of...

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Private Applicator Licensing and January Garden Checklist By Mario Villarino
Dec16

Private Applicator Licensing and January Garden Checklist By Mario Villarino

By the time you get this edition, Christmas celebration should be in full swing. We at the Hopkins County Extension Office will like to wish you Merry Christmas and the best for you and yours during this holiday season. I know the garden should not and will probably will not be a priority now but for those looking into having a little time to meditate or relax during this time of the year, Texas A&M AgriLife has a check list for...

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2016 Hopkins County Water and Energy Conservation By Mario Villarino
Dec09

2016 Hopkins County Water and Energy Conservation By Mario Villarino

2016 Hopkins County Water and Energy Conservation   Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas Relevance: Water quality and water quantity has emerged as the predominant issue across the state as indicated through local input, legislative efforts, and numerous other indicators. Agriculture is the largest water user in the state and agriculture is under...

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