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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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Thistles By Mario Villarino
Mar17

Thistles By Mario Villarino

As I was visiting landowners recently, I noticed the presence of thistles in our county. Thistles are an interesting introduced plant. Many are biennial (coming back every other year) and others return every year. During my recent mowing efforts earlier on the week, I also noticed thistles in my lawn. Many thistles are valued as nectar producers for pollinator insects, and thus have a significant value for wildlife, however, according...

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Soil pH By Mario Villarino
Mar10

Soil pH By Mario Villarino

As temperatures start warming up, ranchers and farmers start planning crops and crop cycles for the summer season. A very important part of the planning process should include soil testing to determine current soil conditions before planting. According to Dr. Redmon, Texas A&M AgriLife Soil Scientist, various environmental, climatic, and cultural factors can affect formation of acid soils. The most common factors are: Parent...

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NETLA Recap By Mario Villarino
Mar03

NETLA Recap By Mario Villarino

It has been just over a week after our NETLA Junior Livestock Show is over and by now the final add on support is getting in and our totals getting computed. Just as we recap some of the experiences gained in putting a show as this together I was asked to explain to new families the reasons to get involved raising and showing projects. I can hardly start describing the experience without recalling my own experience growing up selling...

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Grassburs By Mario Villarino
Feb24

Grassburs By Mario Villarino

Grassburs are a common grassy weed in lawns and fields in our county. Most of the homeowners find them late in the fall when the seed heads are dry and gets into everywhere. For the control of grassburs, the late Dr. McAfee back then extension turf specialist wrote: “Field sandbur (grassbur) is a summer annual grassy weed that can be found in home lawns, sports fields, parks and along roadsides. This weed is especially adapted to dry,...

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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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