Spring Planting
Feb10

Spring Planting

by Mario Villarino As you go over ksstradio.com during your Sunday ready, you probably are celebrating Valentines’s Day somehow and enjoying the cooler temperatures of the year. Our youth livestock projects are getting ready for their county livestock show scheduled for the last part of the month (NETLA Show Feb 25-27, 2016, Regional Civic Center Arena)  and our ranchers and gardeners  are getting ready for our summer to start....

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Control of Grassburs: Proper Timing is Critical
Feb02

Control of Grassburs: Proper Timing is Critical

by Mario Villarino This time of the year most of our pastures and lawns remain idle. The cold temperatures make our Bermuda based pastures become dormant waiting for warmer weather.  This is the time for us to start planning our noxious weed control during pasture and lawn dormancy, since grasses do not get terribly affected by non-targeted herbicides. According to Dr. McAfee, former Turf Specialist (deceased) for Texas A&M...

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Wild Hogs: More Than Just a Not Welcomed Visitor-by Mario Villarino
Jan26

Wild Hogs: More Than Just a Not Welcomed Visitor-by Mario Villarino

During the last part of 2015 and early in January, I got involved in talks related to wild hogs. A recent facebook post showed a sounder (group of adult hogs) roaming during the day in Hopkins County. The rancher, recently moved from West Texas to Hopkins County was shocked after finding the hogs roaming his property. I talked to him about direct damage done by the wild hogs to his property but failed to mention the risk of disease...

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What is digging my lawn: not a gopher, not a mole, it could be a vole!
Jan20

What is digging my lawn: not a gopher, not a mole, it could be a vole!

Recently I got a phone call from a gardener related to controlling digging pests. She mentioned having mole problems but also her failure to control the pesky critters. As I communicated with her, I decided to ask her if she had actually “seen” the moles. She said no. I then tried to explain that there are several creatures than can create tunnels in Hopkins County. It is important to determine the pest causing problems to find the...

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What is that weed?
Jan13

What is that weed?

What is that weed: Lawn burrweed This time of the year is always a challenge for the gardener.  Our lawns are idle with most of the grasses dormant. Sporadic ryegrass blades might be greening up and need some touch-up mowing but in general our gardens are just as we are: cold and grumpy waiting for the temperatures to raise. This year our knock-out roses had an unexpected flowering last week:  The “Nacogdoches” yellow roses  bloomed...

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Attention NETLA Poultry Exhibitors: Chickens arriving January 14, 2016 7:30 to 8:00 AM
Dec30

Attention NETLA Poultry Exhibitors: Chickens arriving January 14, 2016 7:30 to 8:00 AM

With intensive rain and wintry weather, 2015 is coming to an end. Please allow me to wish you a happy 2016 on behalf of the Hopkins County Extension Office staff and volunteers. As we get ready to 2016, our 4-H and FFA NETLA showers of poultry must get ready for birds by January 14, 2016.   OBSERVE ALL SHOW RULES AND REGULATIONS from NETLA governing the broiler show. NETLA poultry show allow the exhibition of both pullets and...

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2015 Hopkins County Youth Science of Agriculture
Dec16

2015 Hopkins County Youth Science of Agriculture

2015 Hopkins County Youth Science of Agriculture Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas 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...

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Leadership, Mentorship, Partnership and Involvement
Dec09

Leadership, Mentorship, Partnership and Involvement

Leadership, mentorship, partnership and involvement: important components of the extension mission in Hopkins County. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Hopkins County provides training opportunities during the year to several audiences identified as priorities in the County. At least three times per year, a group of volunteers gets organized as a board and provide guidance, identifies priorities and directions for the...

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2015 Year in Review: Hopkins County Livestock and Forage
Dec01

2015 Year in Review: Hopkins County Livestock and Forage

2015 Year in Review: Hopkins County Livestock and Forage,  Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas   Beef and Dairy Production is a 2.96 billion dollar industry in the East Region. The predominating beef producer in the region is a cow/calf producer with less than 100 head. All beef enterprises are also affected by climate as well as market...

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NETLA Broiler Show Validation by November 30th at 5:00 PM.
Nov18

NETLA Broiler Show Validation by November 30th at 5:00 PM.

NETLA Broiler Show Validation by November 30th at 5:00 PM.   Broiler projects are popular with 4-H and FFA members and are an integral part of most youth livestock shows. Broiler projects are especially suitable for youngsters with limited space. When planning to start a broiler project, contact the county Extension office, a 4-H leader or an agricultural science instructor. Birds not shown can be slaughtered for home use or sold...

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