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Good Problems to Have by Dr. Mario Villarino
Apr14

Good Problems to Have by Dr. Mario Villarino

Earlier in the week, a phone call of one of our hay producers was very interesting to me. As he shared with me his pasture situation after the rain, we started talking about the clover in his meadow. According to the rancher, his meadow had a large number of clovers in it. With the rain, he was having trouble getting his cattle to eat it. We talked about the need of “pushing” the clover with cattle and the benefits of high nutritional...

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Vegetable gardening: The mighty tomato by Dr. Mario Villarino
Mar11

Vegetable gardening: The mighty tomato by Dr. Mario Villarino

County Extension Agent for Ag and Natural Resources- Hopkins. Tomato is considering by many, the ultimate crop for the home garden. Personally, tomato are a fundamental part of our family diet. Having both French, Italian and Mexican influences growing up, I vividly remember my mother preparing a roma tomato with salt as a mid-day snack. Joe Masabni, Texas AgriLife Extension horticulturist indicated that tomatoes are the most popular...

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Getting Prepared During Cold Weather By Dr. Mario Villarino

Recently we delivered poultry projects for our NETLA participants and discussed proper care of those chickens. Young chickens are very sensitive to cold and cannot tolerate temperatures below 90 degrees.  During the day, I visited several retailers looking for heating lamps and found out several places without heating lamps. This reminded me about the importance of being prepared for severe cold weather. EDEN, an emergency...

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Freezes Can Kill Plant Tissues but do You Know How? by Mario Villarino
Jan12

Freezes Can Kill Plant Tissues but do You Know How? by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas We all know that freezes can kill plant tissues but do you know how? According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension horticulturist, when the water inside a plant freezes it causes ice crystals to form that pierce the cell walls of the plant....

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A Year in Review 2020: 4-H Agricultural Youth Programs by Mario Villarino
Dec15

A Year in Review 2020: 4-H Agricultural Youth Programs by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas 2020 Hopkins County 4-H Agricultural Plan Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Jessica Humphrey, Assistant Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas Relevance:...

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Cattle Supplement Feeding: Tips for Hopkins County Ranchers by Mario Villarino
Dec08

Cattle Supplement Feeding: Tips for Hopkins County Ranchers by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas Cattle supplement feeding: tips for Hopkins County ranchers Supplements must be chosen to meet particular nutrient deficiencies. Body condition is a key factor in the choice of supplements. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, thin...

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Winter Cattle Feeding by Mario Villarino
Dec01

Winter Cattle Feeding by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas Feeding cattle during the winter season heavily depends on forage availability and this on moisture to keep up with its growth. Many beef producers may need a Plan B when it comes to winter forages due to dry conditions, according to Dr. Jason...

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During the Year 2020, Many Different Parts of Agriculture Became Challenged by Mario Villarino
Nov23

During the Year 2020, Many Different Parts of Agriculture Became Challenged by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas During the year 2020, many different parts of agriculture became challenged either because lack of distribution or lack of workforce. As we celebrate our thanksgiving, we can see the importance of food and food supply in our society. There are...

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With Weather Quickly Reaching Winter Temperatures, Take Advantage of the Few Warm Days Left by Mario Villarino
Nov16

With Weather Quickly Reaching Winter Temperatures, Take Advantage of the Few Warm Days Left by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas You probably have lived it also: by the time you get ready for the winter the winter is already here! With our weather already reaching winter-like temperatures, might as well take advantage of the few warm days left during our short-lived...

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Now is a Perfect Time to Add a New Tree or a Grouping of Shrubs to the Landscape by Mario Villarino
Oct27

Now is a Perfect Time to Add a New Tree or a Grouping of Shrubs to the Landscape by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas Finally, fall is here. The weather is becoming slightly cooler, and gardeners are slowly migrating back outdoors after record-breaking heat this summer. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension,  now is a perfect time to add a new...

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