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Cold Fronts in the Garden by Mario Villarino
Oct20

Cold Fronts in the Garden by Mario Villarino

Cold season is here! As you have already noticed, cold front during the fall can create a serious challenges for farmers and gardeners alike. When refereeing to this time of the year, Keith C. Hansen, Extension Horticulturist, Smith Co. – Tyler, Texas wrote for Aggie horticulture: “The cool, crisp days of fall are finally here, bringing pleasant outdoor gardening weather. The change from daylight savings reminds us that the first...

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Fall Weed Control in Lawns By Mario Villarino
Oct13

Fall Weed Control in Lawns By Mario Villarino

A common weed affecting home lawns this time of the year is the Slender Aster. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Aggie Turf unit, Slender Aster is an annual weed with simple, linear, and alternate leaves. Heads with yellow disk flowers while ray flowers can be white, blue, purple, violet, and pink. Gets increasingly woody and more difficult to control as it matures late in the season and in areas where it can be a...

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Fall Gardening By Mario Villarino
Oct09

Fall Gardening By Mario Villarino

As temperatures start to cool off, our gardening spirit rejuvenates and the idea of going outside starts to become appealing for many. So you want to grow garden fresh vegetables this fall? Where do you start? Simply looking at seed packets in catalogs or local nurseries will not get the job done. One must garden smartly if economical production and utilization are expected. According to Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Services once...

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Ag Workers Hay Show scheduled for October 5, 2017 By Mario Villarino
Sep29

Ag Workers Hay Show scheduled for October 5, 2017 By Mario Villarino

According to Dr, Corriher, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialist for forages in Overton Texas,  the principle limiting nutrients for ruminants (cattle, goats, sheep, etc.) are either energy (total digestible nutrients, TDN) or protein (crude protein, CP). For cattle grazing dormant pastures or consuming poor quality hay, protein is usually the most limiting nutrient. When you have to buy supplemental feed, protein is often the...

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Livestock Shows By Mario Villarino
Sep22

Livestock Shows By Mario Villarino

Livestock Show Season Raising and exhibiting a livestock project is not only  instructional, concerning raising livestock for show, but also serves as an excellent teaching tool to illustrate livestock production techniques and  animal science principles. Participating in a livestock project promotes sound  livestock production practices. To be successful, families need to start by learning the essentials. Some of the major areas...

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Crape Myrtle Bark Scale By Mario Villarino
Aug25

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale By Mario Villarino

This week, several reports of crape myrtle bark scale has been reported by concerned citizens of our county. According to Dr. Mike Merchant, Crape myrtle  bark scale is a a relatively new insect pest is troubling crape myrtle in north Texas cities and backyards.  Although an official name has yet to be given, this insect is thought to be an exotic pest that has somehow found its way to north Texas. In the genus Eriococcus, the scale...

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The Modern U.S. Beef Market
Aug18

The Modern U.S. Beef Market

by Mario Villarino DVM, Ph.D. The U.S. beef market is and has been for a long time, dependent of international trade. Even when we locally can see the direct impact in our economy by buying and selling cattle, the quantity produced by Texas alone cannot be supported by local consumption only. It is however, important to remember that quality and quantity does get produced locally and the tradition of beef and dairy production is part...

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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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