Recomendations for Gardens By Mario Villarino
Jan19

Recomendations for Gardens By Mario Villarino

Here the recommendations for the garden from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Dr. Bill Welch for January- February: Now is an excellent time to transplant mature or established trees and shrubs while they are dormant. Make flower and vegetable garden plans now before the rush of spring planting. Time spent in armchair gardening before the fireplace will pay off in improved plant selection. Besides, it is fun to page through the...

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Supplementation of Cattle Diets During the Winter By Mario Villarino
Jan12

Supplementation of Cattle Diets During the Winter By Mario Villarino

According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Beef Specialists, supplements for cattle must be chosen to meet particular nutrient deficiencies. Body condition is a key factor in the choice of supplements. Thin cows are relatively more deficient in dietary energy than in pro­tein. In contrast, fleshier cows may need extra pro­tein, if they need anything. To minimize supplementation, use forage supplies logically. In general, hay...

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Soil Liming: Beware of Lime Alternatives By Mario Villarino
Jan05

Soil Liming: Beware of Lime Alternatives By Mario Villarino

Over the past few days, farmers have asked about liquid lime.  According to the University of Kentucky, a recent (2015) investigation found that what was being marketed as a liquid lime with neutralizing value was in fact calcium chloride (CaCl2). This was bad news because CaCl2 provides no liming value, and is in fact not “liquid lime.” Calcium chloride is used for many purposes, including road salt or tractor tire ballast, however,...

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Flies and How to Get Rid of Them By Mario Villarino
Dec29

Flies and How to Get Rid of Them By Mario Villarino

Happy New Year 2018! We at the Hopkins County Extension Office will like to wish you a safe and happy new year 2018!. Recently a heavy infestation of flies has been reported inside homes around Hopkins County. I know because I personally have found them around my home lately. The cold weather differential between outdoors and heated homes lures them inside looking for survival when  cold weather prevails. According to  Dr. Michael...

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A year in review: 2017 Hopkins County Water Conservation and Preservation By Mario Villarino
Dec22

A year in review: 2017 Hopkins County Water Conservation and Preservation By Mario Villarino

A year in review: 2017 Hopkins County Water Conservation and Preservation Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas   Relevance: Water conservation is a critically important issue for residents throughout the state of Texas. Proper use of fertilizers and gardening chemicals is important to the long term health and safety of residents in the county. Programs...

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A year in review: 2017 Hopkins County Water Conservation and Preservation By Mario Villarino
Dec22

A year in review: 2017 Hopkins County Water Conservation and Preservation By Mario Villarino

A year in review: 2017 Hopkins County Water Conservation and Preservation Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas   Relevance: Water conservation is a critically important issue for residents throughout the state of Texas. Proper use of fertilizers and gardening chemicals is important to the long term health and safety of residents in the county. Programs...

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A year in review: 2017 Hopkins County Youth Science of Agriculture By Mario Villarino
Dec15

A year in review: 2017 Hopkins County Youth Science of Agriculture By Mario Villarino

Relevance: As today’s youth are further removed from farming, their understanding of the importance of agriculture and how it impacts their daily lives diminishes. This Science of Agriculture (Ag Literacy/Awareness) program targets 4th grade students and teachers in Rains, Hopkins, Delta, Wood and Franklin Counties. The plan provided the following educational components: Educational support materials on Science of Agriculture,...

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Agrilife: 2017 Hopkins County Livestock and Forage Education Review
Dec08

Agrilife: 2017 Hopkins County Livestock and Forage Education Review

It’s this time of the year when Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services at Hopkins County Extension Office interprets with Hopkins County residents the different activities conducted by their agents and support volunteers. I would like to share with you the specific plan related to Livestock Production today. 2017 Hopkins County Livestock and Forage Education (Tours, Trainings and Field Days) Developed by Dr. Mario A....

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AgriLife: December Gardening
Dec01

AgriLife: December Gardening

December is the month when shorter daylight hours and cold weather really begin to restrict the gardener’s outdoor activities. Winter gives you a great opportunity to catch up on reading your favorite gardening magazines and books. Here are a few tips and topics to occupy the gardener’s time this month. Here the recommendations for December according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension: PLANTING There’s still time to plant pansies....

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Partnerships and Team Work: A common trend in youth and adult education By Mario Villarino
Nov24

Partnerships and Team Work: A common trend in youth and adult education By Mario Villarino

During the third week of November, I got the opportunity to participate on the fourth and last session of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Leadership Workshop sponsored by the San Antonio Livestock Association. The 2016-2017 San Antonio Leadership Exposition (SALE-LE XII) training was conceptually designed to provide evidence of real experiences when leadership was executed. Recognizable or not, humans organize ourselves in teams...

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