East Texas Ag News: Expect to see more fire ants

You can expect to see an increase of fire ants due to recent rains subsiding in many parts of the state and the re-emergence of warmer, drier weather.

Composting – How to put it together

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.

East Texas Ag News: Cattle and hay numbers

Here are the latest numbers for cattle and hay producers. Compared to last week, all weight class averages of both feeder steers and heifers ended fully two to four dollars higher.

East Texas Ag News: Let soggy soil dry out before planting fall garden

The cooler weather and increased soil moisture is pulling us back outside and into the vegetable garden.

East Texas Ag News: New strawberry variety named 2018 Texas superstar plant

There’s a new strawberry variety out there, called the festival strawberry and it’s available now at retail garden centers and nurseries.

East Texas Ag News: Ag extension agent shares composting tips

An East Texas ag extension agent shares tips on composting.

East Texas Ag News: Picking the right sized pond for fish

When it comes to raising catfish an ideal pond is a smaller pond that is an acre or less. If you want to raise more than one species of fish, experts recommend having a pond larger than one acre.

East Texas Ag News: Numbers for hay, cattle producers

Here are the latest numbers for cattle and hay producers. Compared to last week feeder steer and heifer weight class averages from 400 pounds and down ended fully three-to-five dollars higher.

East Texas Ag News: Strong economy, exports help boost beef and cattle prices

A strong domestic economy and booming exports have boosted beef and cattle prices against near record U.S beef production.

East Texas Ag News: Spotting Armyworm caterpillars

Hay and forage producers along with homeowners around the state are battling Armyworms.

East Texas Ag News: Caring for your lawn during cooler months

Cooler weather and fall activities will bring an end to most of your lawn maintenance chores.There are still some chores to do that will ensure a good transition of your lawn into the winter months.

Mushrooms, fertilizer, fire ants, lime and stopping spring weeds

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.

East Texas Ag News: Texas emerging from hot, dry summer

Texas is emerging from one of the hottest, driest summers on record, but the long term forecast suggests winter and spring will be wet.

PHOTOS: Ag life in East Texas

East Texas Ag News is your source for all things related to your agri-business and commodities markets.

East Texas Ag News: Cattle numbers up, hay numbers steady

This week's cattle numbers are higher while hay numbers remain steady.

East Texas Ag News: Tips on planting garlic in your fall garden

Fall is the time to plant garlic from cloves with an anticipated harvest the following spring.

East Texas Ag News: Adding legumes to pastures and hay meadows

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.

East Texas Ag News: Benefits of composting yard waste

Each year, almost millions of tons of leaves, grass clippings, tree limbs, weeds, organic debris and other yard wastes end up in Texas landfills.

East Texas Ag News: This week's cattle and hay numbers

Here are the latest numbers for cattle and hay producers.

East Texas Ag News: Combating crepe myrtle bark scale

A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service urban entomologist has information on a relatively new pest taking over crepe myrtles.

East Texas Ag News: Tips on planting winter hay crops

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.

  East Texas Ag News: The importance of bees in agriculture

One out of every three bites of food you eat is dependent on pollinators such as honeybees.

East Texas Ag News: Pesticide tips for vegetable gardeners

As you treat for weeds, diseases and insects or pests in your garden, you need to be mindful of the products pre-harvest interval.

East Texas Ag News: The latest cattle and hay numbers

This morning we have the latest numbers for cattle and hay producers.

East Texas Ag News: Measuring bales of hay

Have you ever wondered exactly how big a bale of hay actually is? Buying and selling hay is often a difficult endeavor.

East Texas Ag News: Some insects beneficial for gardening

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.

East Texas Ag News: Tips on dove hunting

If you're a hunter, you know that last Sunday was the opening of dove season.

East Texas Ag News: The latest cattle and hay numbers

Here is a look at this week's numbers for cattle and hay producers.

East Texas Ag News: Good and bad algae for ponds

Algae in a pond is generally considered a nuisance weed.

East Texas Ag News: How to combat blossom end rot in tomato plants

Blossom end rot is a common disorder with your tomatoes that happens in the hot dry summer months.

East Texas Ag News: The benefits of mulching trees, shrubs and flower beds

Mulches are beneficial to your trees, shrubs, and flower beds.

East Texas Ag News: Ag law field education program set for mid-September

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Nacogdoches is hosting an Ag law in the field education program in the middle of September.

East Texas Ag News: This week's hay and cattle numbers

Here are the latest numbers for cattle and hay producers this week.

East Texas Ag News: Safe products to control pond weeds

Glyphosate is a safe and active ingredient used to control pond weeds with an exposed dry leaf.

East Texas Ag News: How to rid your yard of armyworms

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 ...

East Texas Ag News: Planning fall gardens

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...

Armyworms in lawns and pastures

This year we have seen a tremendous outbreak of armyworms affecting pastures and hay meadows like we typically expect to see.

East Texas Ag News: Drought concern of hay producers

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.

East Texas Ag News: Fruit and vegetable conference

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.

East Texas Ag News: Understanding Duckweed

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.

UPCOMING EVENT: Path to the Plate

On Monday, Aug 20, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Angelina County will be holding a program called "Path to the Plate".