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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Winter Is A Wonderful Time To Plant Trees, Shrubs
Oct31

Winter Is A Wonderful Time To Plant Trees, Shrubs

Dr. Mario Villarino By Dr. Mario Villarino, Texas AgriLife Extension Agent, Ag./NR As I was writing this piece, the temperatures overnight dropped below freezing levels. I wonder what happen to our fall? All I can remember was two weeks of mild temperatures this year. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, from a gardening perspective, the end of the year can seem to be relatively mundane. With the hustle and bustle of the...

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Fall Tree Planting
Oct23

Fall Tree Planting

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas The fall season is one of the most underutilized planting season for trees. In our county, the majority of the trees available for planting are offered in the spring season, although some retailers are slowly offering trees for sale during the...

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Fall Is Here: Remember Dallisgrass Staggers
Oct16

Fall Is Here: Remember Dallisgrass Staggers

Mario Villarino By Dr. Mario Villarino Earlier in the week, a beef producer walked into the Extension Office in Sulphur Springs looking for help. His small herd was having issues with dallisgrass poisoning. The problem was that cattle got into a heavily grown dallisgrass paddock and cattle got sick. Our first recommendation was to notify his veterinarian, who suggested to move them out of the paddock and feed them pellets and hay...

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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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Identifying, Treating Take-All Root Rot In Grass
Oct03

Identifying, Treating Take-All Root Rot In Grass

Submitted By Mario Villarino, Agriculture and natural resources Extension Agent for Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Service Take-all root rot is a fungal disease that causes weak, brown, dead patches in turfgrass. In Texas, the disease severely affects St. Augustinegrass and bermudagrass, in which the disease is known as bermudagrass decline. Take-all root rot is caused by a fungus, Gaeumannomyces graminis var. graminis, that lives...

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TIME TO PLANT BULBS FOR SPRING COLOR
Sep30

TIME TO PLANT BULBS FOR SPRING COLOR

As we await the arrival of cooler temperatures and the soothing, comforting colors of Fall, now is the time to consider planning and planting for the dazzlingly vibrant colors we anticipate next Springs. Spring-flowering bulbs are planted as temperatures begin to cool and night-time lows approach 40-50 degrees F. Planting should be done 6-8 weeks before the ground freezes, which will give the bulbs an opportunity to set down roots and...

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State Validation for Heifers/Steers October 14
Sep18

State Validation for Heifers/Steers October 14

State Validation for heifers and county only steers scheduled for October 14, 2019 6:00 to 7:00 PM, Cattleman Veterinary Services. The mission of the youth livestock validation program is to promote a positive youth development environment focused on ensuring rules for livestock exhibition are being followed under the supervision of County Extension Agents and Agricultural Science Teachers. This helps to foster integrity, virtues, and...

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Know Your Native Plants: Pokeweed
Sep04

Know Your Native Plants: Pokeweed

Mario Villarino Submitted By Dr. Mario Villarino, Hopkins County Extension Agent, Ag., N.R. A common native plant setting berries this time of the year is the pokeweed. According to Penn State Extension: the common pokeweed (Phytolacca decandra) is an herbaceous perennial plant that can grow up to 9 feet tall. Mature plants resemble shrubs or young trees. However, the stems are not woody. Pokeweed reproduces from seeds. New leaves and...

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Weed Control By Mario Villarino
Aug21

Weed Control By Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas As we continue our activities in pastures and meadows during this summer season,  here a reminder of fundamentals on weed control from Dr. Vanessa Olsen, forage specialist for Texas A&M agrilife extension: Our human nature is to find...

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