Summer Season: Careful With the Heat! By Mario Villarino 7-9-2019
Jul10

Summer Season: Careful With the Heat! By Mario Villarino 7-9-2019

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas The high temperatures of the summer are here to stay for a little while. Learning how to work with high temperatures is critical. According to Texas A&M AgriLife Disaster Education Network, whether you work outdoors in agriculture,...

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Prioritize Garden Activities During Hot Summer Months
Jul04

Prioritize Garden Activities During Hot Summer Months

By Mario Villarino, Texas AgriLife Extension Agent, agriculture and natural resources As temperature in Hopkins County remains warm, it is important to prioritize the activities in the garden. Here some suggestions for July/August by Texas AgriLife Extension: By August many fall vegetable seeds and even small plants may be set out for later production. Be careful to give extra water, and a little shade, to these young plants while...

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The Recent Storms Have Caused Significant Damage to the Tree Population in Hopkins County. By Mario Villarino 6-25-2019
Jun25

The Recent Storms Have Caused Significant Damage to the Tree Population in Hopkins County. By Mario Villarino 6-25-2019

Developed by Dr. Mario A. Villarino, County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources Hopkins County, Texas The recent storms have caused significant damage to the tree population in Hopkins County. It was concerning to me to see how even magnificent trees can be “pulled” from the ground by wind. As we start the recovery phase in our landscapes, the...

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Ranch for Profit Workshop Scheduled June 29
Jun19

Ranch for Profit Workshop Scheduled June 29

By Dr. Mario Villarino, Hopkins County AgriLife Extension Agent, agriculture, natural resources According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, financial sustainability of a business is measured by the ability to maintain equity and to generate a net after tax positive income and cover withdrawals for owner operator labor and management. The reason withdrawals and distributions are important in evaluation of business sustainability is...

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State Validation For Heifers and Steers Is Saturday, June 22, at Cattleman Veterinary Services
Jun11

State Validation For Heifers and Steers Is Saturday, June 22, at Cattleman Veterinary Services

Mario Villarino By Mario Villarino , DVM, Ph.D., Hopkins County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources 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 values of...

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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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