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High waters from floods will drive snakes and rodents into areas they may not venture normally. By Mario Villarino
May08

High waters from floods will drive snakes and rodents into areas they may not venture normally. By Mario Villarino

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas High waters from floods will drive snakes and rodents into areas they may not venture normally, such as homes and storage buildings. According to Mississippi State University’s Extension Service anytime a building has been flooded,...

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Water loving weeds in lawns and pastures By Mario Villarino
May01

Water loving weeds in lawns and pastures By Mario Villarino

Last week I share some information related to moisture loving weeds known as buttercups and Senecio. Another common weed in wet lawns and pastures are the Kyllingas. During a recent field day in Sulphur Bluff I notice even waterlogged pastures covered with them. According to North Carolina Extension, green kyllinga and false green kyllinga are very similar in appearance, and both are referred to as green kyllinga. Both species are...

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The NETBIO announces its 2019 Beef Up Cattlemen’s Conference for May 10
Apr27

The NETBIO announces its 2019 Beef Up Cattlemen’s Conference for May 10

By Mario Villarino The Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization (NETBIO) will host its 2019 Beef Up Cattlemen’s Conference scheduled for May 10, 2019 starting at 2 p.m. The session starts with registration and exhibitors displays, followed by Animal ID: new perspectives, Hank Hayes- Texas Animal Health Commission; Knowing Your Customer, Chris McClure Private Consultant; Creating native grasslands, Christian Ebel- Hopkins County;...

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Making The Cut As A Texas Superstar
Apr23

Making The Cut As A Texas Superstar

By Dr. Mario Villarino Texas Superstar Sale: April 26, 3-6 p.m., Hopkins County Extension Office It isn’t easy to become a Texas Superstar® plant. Only the toughest, most reliable and best-looking plants make the cut. Every plant earning the Texas Superstar® designation undergoes several years of extensive field trials by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, both part of the Texas A&M...

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Safety Precautions Can Help Reduce Lawn Mower, Garden Tractor Accidents
Apr10

Safety Precautions Can Help Reduce Lawn Mower, Garden Tractor Accidents

By Dr. Mario Villarino Dr. Mario Villarino,Texas AgriLife Extension AgentAgriculture and Natural Resources Warm weather is finally here, or at least for this week, but also several days of rain. Remember the say “April showers bring May flowers,” so rain should be welcome most of the time. The challenge is to keep up with lawn care in-between rainy days. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Safety program, most homeowners...

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Blackberries, Dewberries Are Closely Related, Yet Very Different
Apr04

Blackberries, Dewberries Are Closely Related, Yet Very Different

By Dr. Mario Villarino Mario Villarino, DVM, Ph.D. Hopkins County Extension Agent Berries are common plants naturally existing in Hopkins County. There are many types of berries occurring in our farming sites and forested areas but the most prevalent are dewberries and blackberries. For many, berries are a fruit of value to human consumption, for others, berries are a common weed infesting pastures and meadows According to Dr. Vanessa...

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After The Storm … Who to Contact For Tree Care Help
Mar29

After The Storm … Who to Contact For Tree Care Help

By Mario Villarino, DVM, Ph.D., Hopkins County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Defective trees often cause damage when catastrophes occur in urban areas. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, after a natural disaster there may be many tree care and removal companies offering their services. It is important to know how to choose the right person or company for the job. An arborist is a person trained in...

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Basic Tips To Prevent Poultry Diseases
Mar27

Basic Tips To Prevent Poultry Diseases

By Mario Villarino, DVM, Ph.D., Hopkins County Extension Agent for Ag and NR Animal disease prevention is responsibility of all members of the farming community. Poultry flocks represent a special challenge as far as public and animal health is concerned because smaller flocks are usually kept without veterinary care or sometimes maintained by people with limited experience. Also, even when those flocks are small in backyard flocks...

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Time To Prune Plants
Mar05

Time To Prune Plants

By Judy Jones, a Hopkins Master Gardener           Winter in north Texas is never quite what we expect…freezes may be early or late, and there will almost always be a week or two that leads us to think that Spring-time is already here.  The average date of the last freeze in Hopkins County is generally mid-March, so there is still an opportunity to prune our landscapes to get...

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Pesticides and waterways By Mario Villarino
Feb22

Pesticides and waterways By Mario Villarino

Recent rain in Hopkins County has created large portions of stagnant water that creates a challenge to landowners when trying to maintain them. National Pesticide Information Center stated: When you look at a glass of water, you are looking at a world traveler. Water evaporates off the earth and circles the globe as clouds and vapor. It is deposited as rain and snow. Rain and snow melt then flow down streams and rivers into estuaries...

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