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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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Know Your Native Plants By Mario Villarino
May19

Know Your Native Plants By Mario Villarino

Know your native plants: Queen Anne’s Lace or wild carrot It is hard to miss the abundance of flowering Queen Anne’s Laces in Northeast Texas at this time of the year. If for some reason you have not notice yet, pay attention in the south side of Sulphur Springs (Highway 154 south and highway 11) and you might notice road ditches covered with it. According to the University of Arkansas –Extension horticulturist (retired) Gerlad...

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Trees In The Landscape and Their Importance By Mario Villarino
May05

Trees In The Landscape and Their Importance By Mario Villarino

Although many gardeners and homeowners pay close attention to lawns, trees in the landscape play a significant role in the value of the property as landscape and the reason is quite simple: A lawn can be prepared and re-established in one year, even when a complete overhaul is needed. Trees in the other hand, are a significant time and money investment in the landscape. Although our modern landscape technologies and companies can...

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Know Your Weeds By Mario Villarino
Apr28

Know Your Weeds By Mario Villarino

Know your weeds:  MacCartney Rose Macartney rose, also known as “Cherokee rose,” “hedge” and “rose hedge,” presents severe management problems for livestock producers in Texas. Imported from the Orient in the late 1800s as a hedge for fencing purposes, the plant has escaped and naturalized . It now occupies more than 500,000 acres of Texas rangeland . This rose species forms dense stands that eliminate forage production and hinder...

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Go Native By Mario Villarino
Apr14

Go Native By Mario Villarino

Native plants in the landscape: Go Native The Hopkins County Go Native initiative is a horticultural educational effort to educate, evaluate and disseminate information in the use of native plants as ornamental components in our landscapes.  As part of this project, the Hopkins County Extension Office will seek learning opportunities for Master Gardeners to learn about landscaping with native plants, have selected native plants for...

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Predator Control Vs. Predator Avoidance By Mario Villarino
Apr07

Predator Control Vs. Predator Avoidance By Mario Villarino

Predator Control Vs. Predator Avoidance By Mario Villarino As I was writing this piece, I recalled  a recent interesting phone call of a small acreage rancher with Dorper sheep. His problem was having his sheep attacked by something, he did not know what. I had my own personal experience with a similar situation. Not too long ago, I have seen ordinary domestic dogs attacking young livestock. For some reason, nature triggers the...

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Beetles By Mario Villarino
Mar31

Beetles By Mario Villarino

Beetles are a huge family of true insects that live in close contact with plants. The majority of the beetles are decomposers, and a high population of beetles in a tree is a sign of tree health decaying. Many beetle larvae also penetrate tree tissue causing real damage (as borers do).With temperatures increasing, insect population tend to follow trend and you will see more and more active insects and beetles coming back from...

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The Mighty Pecan By Mario Villarino
Mar24

The Mighty Pecan By Mario Villarino

  The pecan tree (Carya Spp) is a common often beloved commercial and landscape tree in Hopkins County. Native to Texas and Northern Mexico, the pecan trees have provides shade and nurture to our region for centuries. George Ray McEachern, extension horticulturist from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension stated: “ The pecan is the official state tree, it can be grown in every area of the state and it is a part of Texas tradition....

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