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Flea population on the rise this summer

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

For some reason, we have seen rapid increases in flea populations this spring and summer.

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Register for upcoming Ranchers Gathering

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

The 2015 Ranchers Gathering is Thursday, Aug. 13, at the First Baptist Church in Decatur.

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Cinch bugs easily controlled if caught early

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

This is the time of year cinch bugs start to show up in home lawns across much of North Texas.

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Plan to attend Cattle Trails Wheat and Stocker Cattle Conference

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

While it appears parts of Texas and Oklahoma have started to move out of the four-year drought, no one knows what future environmental conditions hold, said Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension economist at Vernon.

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Grass tetany in beef cattle: prevention and treatment

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

Grass tetany is a highly fatal disease associated with low levels of magnesium in the blood.

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Mosquitoes on the rise following the rains

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

If you have been outside the last few evenings, you feel like a pin cushion or like you're getting a karate workout swatting all the mosquitoes away.

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Be on the lookout for pecan nut casebearers

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

Pecan growers and homeowners with backyard trees need to be on the lookout for the pecan nut casebearer, a perennial pest that can significantly damage a pecan crop if not controlled.

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Hay storage: dry matter loss, quality changes

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

You never know how you will benefit from storing hay until you test it. There is no doubt if you store hay out of the weather, you will dramatically decrease yield losses. Quality, however will change, but not as much as you think.

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How to deal with increased fire ant activity

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

Treat your yards and neighborhood this spring for fire ant relief this summer and fall.

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Noble Foundation tour set for next month

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

The Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Livestock and Forage Committee will be hosting a tour of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Friday, May 15.

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Identification first step in weed control

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

In lawns and sports fields, weeds are often the result of poor quality turf, rather than the cause of poor turf.

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Treating calves for parasites

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

During the past 20 to 35 years, trials in Texas beef herds have demonstrated that treating nursing calves and the dams for internal parasites increases weaning weights.

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Soil and water sampling: why should we do it?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

We are entering into the middle of winter season. The leaves have fallen, and lawns are going dormant. What does this mean?

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How to treat bloat in cattle

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

Normally this is the time of year that our winter small grain pastures are getting ready to make significant growth, and bloat should be on our minds from a management standpoint.

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Solving the mystery of pruning roses

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
By Todd Vineyard

February is the month when most modern roses need to be pruned. Even if your roses have already begun growth, the time has come to prune. Annual heavy pruning is essential to ensure the prolific bloom and long life of a rose bush.

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Creep feeding your calves

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
By Todd Vineyard

Some decisions are easier than others where your beef cattle operation is concerned. The decision to creep feed or not creep feed is not an easy one for most producers.

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Scale insects can be a problem

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
By Todd Vineyard

One of the most common insects I find when making horticulture visits is the scale insect, and the most common among those is the euonymus scale, which attacks many species of indoor and outdoor plants.

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Five-hour CEU program available next month

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
By Todd Vineyard

All pesticide applicator license holders who need to obtain continuing education units (CEUs) for their applicator license need to be at the Decatur Civic Center, Thursday, Dec. 11.

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Pecan Management School 101 set for next month

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
By Todd Vineyard

Most Wise County residents have a pecan tree in their yard or even a small orchard, and some of you may have a potential commercial orchard or a native creek bottom that needs improvement.

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Annual cattle trails cow-calf conference set for December

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
By Todd Vineyard

Getting back to the basics of fundamentally sound ranch management will be the focus of the Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference, a joint effort between the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

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