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.