Beef Cattle Field Day scheduled

Thursday, March 17, 2011
By Gary Clayton

Those of you interested in beef cattle production will want to mark your calendar for Thursday, April 14. That's the date for a beef cattle field day on the Flying "C" Ranch near Slidell.

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Private applicator training scheduled

Thursday, February 17, 2011
By Gary Clayton

A private applicator training and test has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, at 8 a.m. at the Wise County Extension office located at 206 S. State St., in Decatur.

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Many reasons for illness in trees

Thursday, August 26, 2010
By Gary Clayton

When people see a sick tree, they often think that some sort of disease is causing the illness. Actually, a majority of the problems causing trees and shrubs to look sick stem from stress or physical injury.

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Look out for Armyworms

Thursday, August 19, 2010
By Gary Clayton

Does anyone remember the cooler temperatures and timely rains we experienced in July? We should've known we would pay for it later. We are paying and not just in the extreme heat. It seems that those July conditions provided a favorable environment for an August armyworm outbreak.

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Crickets invade Wise County

Thursday, August 12, 2010
By Gary Clayton

For whatever reason, conditions seem to be favorable for cricket populations. Many of them have reached the flying stage, thus the large numbers gathering at well-lit outdoor areas.

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Some cattle dying from prussic acid poisoning

Thursday, August 5, 2010
By Gary Clayton

This time of year we always receive calls regarding the safety of johnsongrass for cattle and horses. Actually, it's not just johnsongrass producers who need to be concerned with.

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Gathering to feature easement discussion

Thursday, July 29, 2010
By Gary Clayton

The 2010 Rancher's Gathering is Tuesday, Aug. 24, in the Decatur Civic Center. Doors will open around 5 p.m. for everyone to visit booths. Dinner is set for 6 p.m. The $10 registration fee covers the meal and makes you eligible door prizes given away during the program.

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Agricultural waste pesticide collection event is this fall

Thursday, July 22, 2010
By Gary Clayton

Do you have unwanted pesticides? In September and October, you will have an opportunity to take them to a free collection event for proper disposal. The events are a part of the Agricultural Waste Pesticide Collection Program initiated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and are open to residents of Texas who: 1) apply […]

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Cattle Trails Stocker Conference scheduled

Thursday, July 15, 2010
By Gary Clayton

Texas AgriLife Extension and Oklahoma State Extension have teamed to host the Cattle Trails Stocker Conference July 24 in the MPEC Center in Wichita Falls.

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Control grub in your turf

Thursday, July 8, 2010
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June is the month for emergence of the adult stage of the worst insect pest of turfgrass, the appropriately named June beetle. With the rains this past week, lots of night flying June beetles have been flying around lights and windows, and we can expect to see that continue over the next few weeks.

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Fleas are found in abundance

Thursday, July 1, 2010
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For some reason this spring and early summer we have seen rapid increases in flea populations.

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Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled

Thursday, June 24, 2010
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From brush control on the ranch to cuts of beef sold to the consumer, the 2010 Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course will provide a number of beef cattle-production demonstrations Aug. 2-4 in College Station.

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Controlling grasshoppers

Thursday, June 17, 2010
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Apparently we've had another favorable year for grasshoppers to hatch and develop. Egg hatching began in February and will probably continue through June in the North Texas counties. However, populations do appear to be spotty across Wise County.

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Private applicator training offered

Thursday, June 10, 2010
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A private applicator training and test will be 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Wise County Extension office, 206 S. State St., in Decatur. The $45 registration fee includes the study booklet, lunch and refreshments.

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Improving milk and beef production efficiency

Thursday, June 3, 2010
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With all of the recent emphasis on going green, it has become hard to read a weekly magazine or watch a television program without encountering some expert blasting factory farming of livestock and advocating, if not demanding, a return to the simpler, cleaner, more ethical system of producing agricultural commodities. A recent research paper from […]

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Control landscape and garden pests

Thursday, May 13, 2010
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Good growing conditions this spring have also created a friendly environment for many landscape and garden pests. Just this month, Skip Richter with AgriLife Extension in Travis County had an article in “Texas Gardener” that included some low impact sprays for controlling some of those pests we encounter each spring. Following is a brief description […]

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Ranchers, it’s not too late to control weeds

Thursday, May 6, 2010
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Weeds cost ranchers in Texas millions of dollars in lost production each year because they rob desirable forages of moisture and nutrients. With the heavy winter and spring rains, local ranchers are finding no shortage of weeds in their pasture and hay fields. The high winds have kept custom applicators behind, but it’s not too […]

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It’s time to apply zinc

Thursday, April 29, 2010
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Last week I had the opportunity to visit with Paul Sutton, manager of the Paradise Pecan Farm, just as he was about to apply zinc to several acres of mature trees. That served as a reminder to me that this time of year is the most important period to apply zinc whether you have an […]

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Season of weeds has arrived

Thursday, April 8, 2010
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Those pesky cool season weeds have really taken off in our North Texas lawns over the past few days. They’ve just kind of set there all winter, and now they are really responding to the excellent soil moisture and spring-like temperatures. If you don’t opt to control them prior to seed head formation, you’re asking […]

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Clayton’s Corner

Thursday, February 18, 2010
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The wet, cold conditions that have lingered since the Christmas holidays may lead to foot problems in grazing cattle in the Panhandle, South Plains and Rolling Plains. Continuous exposure to wet conditions softens the hooves and skin between the hooves. As a result, the feet are more susceptible to mechanical injury and infectious agents that […]

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