2016 Hopkins County Livestock and Forage By Mario Villarino
Dec02

2016 Hopkins County Livestock and Forage By Mario Villarino

Relevance: Beef and Dairy Production is a 2.96 billion dollar industry in the East Region of Texas. The most common beef producer in the region is a cow/calf producer with less than 100 head. County-based Program Area Committees (PAC) firmly establish the need for educational programs targeted for beef and dairy producers enabling them to increase knowledge as well as adopt best management practices and new technologies improving...

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Agrilife Year in Review: 2016 Hopkins County Youth Science of Agriculture
Nov23

Agrilife Year in Review: 2016 Hopkins County Youth Science of Agriculture

by Mario Villarino I could not start this week commentaries without expressing my sincere recognition to all those volunteers and members of our community that contributed to the success of our extension program in Hopkins County. If you were part or participated somehow on the many different activities related to the Extension Office I wanted to remind you that this programs was created for you by member like you. I also want to...

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Cold Weather and The Garden By Mario Villarino
Nov11

Cold Weather and The Garden By Mario Villarino

Cold Weather and The Garden As I wrote this article, I detected temperatures getting cold rather rapidly. I know many of us welcome a little bit of cold weather after the long hot season and our gardens respond rapidly to colder temperatures. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension horticulturists, gardening has plenty of challenges. Insects, diseases, drought, wind, excessive rainfall, soil problems, lack of pollination, too...

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St. Augustine Grass Lawn Problems By Mario Villarino
Nov04

St. Augustine Grass Lawn Problems By Mario Villarino

Recently I have visited with several homeowners related to st. Agustinegrass lawns having problems. Expanding, irregular patches of dead or stunted grass surrounded by a halo of yellowing, dying grass can have several causes including drought, fungal infections or chinch bugs. The “islands” of dying grass cause by chinch bugs tend to increase in size and merge as insect numbers increase. Damage can develop rapidly, especially in sunny...

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November Garden Checklist By Mario Villarino
Oct28

November Garden Checklist By Mario Villarino

November Garden check list The end of October and beginning of November is the perfect time to start getting ready for our cold season. Pastures and lawns are dormant and there is plenty of activity in the gardens trying to keep up with dropping needles and leaves and pruning. Here the recommended list of activities for November for the garden by the staff at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension: Don’t forget to give your landscape...

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Twig Girdlers and Upcoming Dairy Programs By Mario Villarino
Oct21

Twig Girdlers and Upcoming Dairy Programs By Mario Villarino

Recently I got a report of Twig girdlers affecting pecan trees in the Miller Grove area. These beetles are 1/2 to 3/4 inch long, light to dark brown with a wide gray band across the wing covers (elytra) and a dense sprinkling of pink, orange or dark yellow spots. They have long antennae, being members of the longhorned beetle family, Cerambycidae. The pecan girdler occurs throughout Texas except in the trans-Pecos area. Mesquite twig...

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Pesticides By Mario Villarino
Oct14

Pesticides By Mario Villarino

Handling pesticides requires proper training. Private pesticides users can get approval to purchase restricted pesticide by training, testing and maintaining a private applicator license. Part of the requirement for private applicators is to attend CEU sessions. Every year, the Hopkins County Extension Office offers its annual Private Applicator CEU session at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. For 2016, the session is...

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Homeowner Septic System Training October 14th
Oct07

Homeowner Septic System Training October 14th

Wastewater is composed of 99.9% water.  The constituents and strength of wastewater can vary depending on the source.  Domestic wastewater is the water that is discharged from plumbing fixtures, appliances, toilets, bath, laundry, and dishwashers in a residence. Commercial wastewater comes from businesses, restaurants and manufacturing plants.  Septic systems owners should be aware that anything they dump down their sinks or drains...

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Agrilife: October Is Busy Month For Extension Office
Sep29

Agrilife: October Is Busy Month For Extension Office

by Mario Villarino, DVM, Ph.D. October is probably the busiest month for the Hopkins County Extension Office and starts with the 4-H week! (October 2-8, 2016). We will get together Monday October 3rd, 2016 at 4:30 PM at the steps of the Hopkins County Courthouse to read the National 4-H proclamation with our County Judge Robert Newsom and enjoy our traditional 4-H cake and drinks. All public welcome!. We will also celebrate the...

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4-H and FFA Validation Dates for Major and NETLA Show By Mario Villarino
Sep20

4-H and FFA Validation Dates for Major and NETLA Show By Mario Villarino

4-H and FFA Validation dates for Major and NETLA show   Texas is privileged to have the largest junior breeding heifer program in the nation. However, the sheer size of Texas, diversity in counties and beef breed associations has created some challenges for effectively and fairly managing the program. Because of numerous breed divisions offered, there are inconsistencies in how breed associations record purchase and transfer...

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