It’s the season of leaves and you may be wondering what to do besides burn them. One option is adding them to a compost pile. It will take some time, but it will eventually yield back “black gold” or compost that will enrich soils and can be used anywhere you want plants to grow better.
Landowners that get household water from their private water well have a one-time chance to get a couple of tests conducted free of charge.On Wednesday, Nov 7 from 1 -5 pm, the Texas Well Owner Network (TWON) will be hosting a free training and water testing at the Angelina County Extension office
While the practice of composting has been around for at least a couple thousand years, it has been since the mid 1900’s that much of our scientific knowledge of the composting process has been figured out.
Fall is a unique time for lawn management. As of this writing, there are only about 60 days until the average first frost. The lawn should be winding down but we still have to mow until cooler temperatures and shorter days stop the grass from growing.
What we mostly know as cool-season clovers are actually called forest legumes and they're extremely valuable to the livestock producer as they improve the soil, save hay feeding costs, and provide a financial incentive to producers.
Because the dry weather has limited hay production and the recent outbreaks of armyworms that have consumed what hay East Texans were able to grow, planting a winter pasture may make more sense than ever.
Did you know that 97-percent of the insects most commonly seen in homes and gardens are considered either beneficial or innocuous? Gardeners who learn to put the beneficial insects to work is an important "earth kind" practice that can help reduce the use of chemical pesticides in the environment.
Army worms are a common pest for livestock producers since they eat up pastures and hay meadows, and you're lawn as well. When these worms feed... The larvae strip foliage and then move onto the next food. If you're wondering if you've seen them, they tend to march side-by-side together from food to food. That's how they get the name army worms. If you don't see the actual worms, their ...
Working in your garden this time of year can reward you with produce that you'll harvest in the cooler fall months. But in order to be successful with many of those garden crops you must plan around our first frost. It's difficult since we don't know any specific date, but for much of East Texas we can expect it between the first to middle part of November. Consider planting newly-tilled beds during your Labor Day holiday. That will give you most of September and October to gr...
Right now, the word "drought" is causing some worry among agricultural producers. In our area, many livestock producers and hay growers are feeling the effects of the long stretch of hot and dry weather. There's been a shortfall of hay produced this season; and as hay producers know, the majority of hay production season has passed.
The Annual East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference is today in Overton. The event will offer professional and amateur producing tips on everything from Asian vegetables to figs and fertilizers, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
If your pond has a carpet of very small, floating weeds with short leaves, it's probably duckweed. Duckweed is a common and difficult-to-control aquatic weed found in many farm ponds. There are products that can control it without hurting your fish, but the duckweed is still likely to come back.
There's still time to plant some traditional warm season vegetables that can grow before the first frost. A short-term summer crop to consider is squash or beans. Those will be ready to harvest in about 60 days.
Texas A&M's New Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Agriculture and life sciences Dr. Patrick Stover is on a statewide tour. He recently visited the Texas A&M AgriLife research and extension center in Overton. Stover got a look at operations and visited with staff and regional stakeholders. Stover has been visiting AgriLife centers around the state to get a first-hand look at AgriLife assets and to meet scientists and specialists. It's part of an approach to better align ...
Here are the latest numbers for cattle and hay producers. Compared to last week all feeder steer and heifer class averages ended a full three-to-five dollars lower. The continuing drought is beginning to show an effect on market prices. Pasture conditions continue to wilt under the heat and dry weather conditions, which forces cows being culled along with lighter than normal calves being marketed. Slaughter cows showed to be four-dollars lower while slaughter bulls ended six-dollar...
Let's take a look at the benefits of a seasonal grass that's common in cattle and hay operations throughout the southeast. Bermuda grass is a sod forming grass and spreads by stolons, which are horizontal above ground stems, and rhizomes, which are underground stems. The grass is most productive throughout the summer months. Soil moisture and nitrogen are the two most limiting factors in Bermuda grass production so fertilization is essential for a successful Bermuda grass...
Fish and waterfowl have different preferences when it comes to farm ponds. Most fish species prefer deeper ponds with open water. But waterfowl prefer shallow ponds with lots of vegetation. So it's important for you to determine what the intended use of your farm pond is *before constructing a new one. If you want the pond to be used for fishing it should have deep water reaching at least six feet deep. ...
Feeder steer and heifer classes weighing from 400 pounds and down ended were $2 to $4 dollars higher last week, according to East Texas Livestock in Crockett. the heavier classes averaged around $2 to $3 dollars lower. The slaughter cows showed $2 dollars stronger and the slaughter bulls ended an entire $5 dollars higher.
Filamentous algae is a common weed that grows on ponds everywhere. It grows on the bottom and releases to float to the surface, which causes unsightly, floating mats. Filamentous algae is not controlled by traditional aquatic herbicides.
The Texas Department of Agriculture recently launched a revamped hay hotline website that's designated to serve as a comprehensive clearinghouse for farmers and ranchers in need of hay for their livestock.