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Vegetable Grafiting- Tomato By Mario Villarino
Jan18

Vegetable Grafiting- Tomato By Mario Villarino

Since people first learned to graft plants, a myriad of grafting techniques have been developed. In The Grafter’s Handbook, Garner enumerates and describes some forty different grafts. Success in grafting depends not only on a technically correct graft but in preparation of the scion and rootstock for graftage. Equally critical are the optimum time for grafting, and proper aftercare. With high labor costs, only a few of the more...

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Easy, Breezy New Year’s Resolution By Johanna Hicks
Jan18

Easy, Breezy New Year’s Resolution By Johanna Hicks

             While eating more fruits and vegetables and parking as far away from the supermarket as possible will help improve your health in 2019, here’s a resolution that can impact the lives of others — as well as your own life.  Make a resolution in 2019 to focus on your driving and drive like you would want the person in front of you, behind you, and beside you to drive.                  On many occasions, I have found myself...

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Plant Protection in Winter By Mario Villarino
Jan11

Plant Protection in Winter By Mario Villarino

In much of the state our winters are brief with lots of moderate to cool temperatures interrupted by a few killing freezes. If we can take steps to help our plants through those cold snaps we can cheat the hardiness zone a bit in the landscape and keep a vegetable garden going all winter long. There are a number of techniques we can use to help avoid freeze damage to our plants. Here are a few of the more common ones. Watering: There...

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Off to a Healthy Start By Johanna Hicks
Jan11

Off to a Healthy Start By Johanna Hicks

               You have probably heard, “New Year, New You.”  I, for one, prefer being myself, but there are some improvements that can be made. The start of the new year is the perfect time to establish new goals, habits, and a healthy lifestyle.  Teas A&M AgriLife Extension Service recommends starting this year off on the right foot by getting active and eating right!...

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Cattle Feeding During the Winter By Mario Villarino
Jan04

Cattle Feeding During the Winter By Mario Villarino

The weather conditions during this fall-winter season has created serious problems for beef producers needing hay. Many producers are finding out low quality hay and even then hay is getting harder to find. Getting or keeping cows in proper body condition throughout the winter can optimize pregnancy rates the following season, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jason Banta, beef cattle specialist, Overton,...

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Hopkins County 4-H & Youth Program By Johanna Hicks
Jan04

Hopkins County 4-H & Youth Program By Johanna Hicks

           Several of my previous columns featured major programs that are offered through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Hopkins County.  One of the major branches under the large umbrella of Extension is the 4-H & Youth program, so I wanted to focus on some of the accomplishments of our youth.                Hopkins County boasts nearly 150 4-H...

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A Year in Review – Master Wellness Volunteer Initiative By Johanna Hicks
Dec28

A Year in Review – Master Wellness Volunteer Initiative By Johanna Hicks

Note: This is the 4th in a series of “A Year in Review,” highlighting major program efforts in the area of Family & Community Health.                In the United States, 80% of all health spending is related to chronic conditions – things like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and others.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and...

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Winter weeds- Burweed By Mario Villarino
Dec21

Winter weeds- Burweed By Mario Villarino

Recently, phone calls reached the Hopkins County Extension Office related to lawns infestations with burweed. According to Dr. Shackelford, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Austin, nothing designates spring’s arrival like walking barefoot on a lawn of lush, green grass. This pleasant experience can often turn into a painful, sticky situation with the presence of lawn burweed. Other names for this weed are spurweed and stinging...

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Merry Christmas from the Extension Staff By Johanna Hicks
Dec21

Merry Christmas from the Extension Staff By Johanna Hicks

               Christmas is a joyous time for reflecting on the birth and life of Jesus, and how we are impacted by the ultimate gift He gave us.  One of my favorite family traditions is that of pulling out a collection of Christmas books, mostly children’s books.  I remember growing up in Cleburne, TX, sitting on my daddy’s lap as a child, listening as he read story books to my family....

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2018 Hopkins County Livestock and Forage Education (Tours, Trainings and Field Days) By Mario Villarino
Dec14

2018 Hopkins County Livestock and Forage Education (Tours, Trainings and Field Days) By Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas Relevance: Livestock and forage production is a 3.96 billion-dollar industry in the Central Region. Livestock and forage enterprises are affected by climate and market variability. Hopkins County currently has more than 100,000 head of beef cattle with 27,000 of those being dairy cattle. Due to environmental...

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