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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In Texas, CAFOs Are Regulated by the TCEQ by Mario Villarino
Oct20

In Texas, CAFOs Are Regulated by the TCEQ by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas In Texas, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Any CAFO with more than 300 animal units (more than 200 mature dairy cows) located in the dairy outreach program...

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What Is 4-H All About by Mario Villarino
Aug18

What Is 4-H All About by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas To prepare youth to meet the challenges of childhood, adolescence and adulthood, through a coordinated, long-term, progressive series of educational experiences that enhance life skills and develop social, emotional, physical and cognitive...

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There is no Magical Formula for Watering by Mario Villarino
Aug11

There is no Magical Formula for Watering by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas There is no magical formula or exact rule for watering. Watering is based on the site condition, time of year, type of tree and, most importantly, soil type. Clay soils, while taking longer to wet, will retain moisture longer. Sandy soils,...

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The Mission of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service by Mario Villarino
Jul31

The Mission of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas The mission of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is to provide quality, relevant outreach and continuing educational programs and services to the people of Texas. Extension educates Texans in the areas of agriculture, environmental...

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Dallisgrass Intoxication in Cattle by Mario Villarino
Jul17

Dallisgrass Intoxication in Cattle by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas Earlier on the week I got an interesting question related to Dallisgrass and its uses after seed headed. According to North Carolina Extension, Dallisgrass poisoning (also known as Dallisgrass staggers) occurs several days after cattle ingest...

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Fall Transplants by Mario Villarino
Jul14

Fall Transplants by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas If you haven’t already done so, this is the time to begin sowing seeds for fall transplants. According to Texas A&M Agrilife Extension by starting now, you can have pansies, calendulas, Johnny-jump-ups, flowering cabbage, lettuce and othe cool season transplants ready to plant in the garden in September or...

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Heatwaves and Trees by Mario Villarino
Jun23

Heatwaves and Trees by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas Recently, several homeowners located in Hopkins County have called the Hopkins County Extension Office commenting their concerns related to their trees. Trees have an interest effect in people: from some people are a top priority for their...

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Cattle Losses Because of Blood Borne Disease by Mario Villarino
Nov14

Cattle Losses Because of Blood Borne Disease by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas Recently I have visited several cattle producers with cases of anaplasmosis in their herd. Anaplasmosis is an infectious disease of cattle that causes destruction of red blood cells. The disease is caused by a minute parasite, Anaplasma...

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Hay Now: Some Advice On Hay by Mario Villarino
Oct10

Hay Now: Some Advice On Hay by Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas One of the first considerations when purchasing hay is that it should be based on individual animal requirements. According to Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olsen, forage specialist in Texas A&M AgriLife for optimal production, forage quality...

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