East Texas Ag News

East Texas AG News: Getting your lawn ready for summer

Behind the three numbers is nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Those three are the most needed of all the nutrients required for a plant to grow.

East Texas Ag News: Winter’s dearth affects bees, livestock, wildlife

East Texas Ag News: Home gardens provide cheap abundant produce

East Texas Ag News: Continuing last year’s garden plans

East Texas Ag News: Developing an excellent soil

East Texas Ag News: Methods for starting fruit tree from seed

Insect calls over the past week

Continued Coverage

Growing Strawberries at Home

Fall Gardening

Lawn care for the fall

Games called off between Hughes Springs and Winnsboro

Pond Slimes, foams, and “sheens”

Irrigating your landscape

Taking Care of Weeds in Farm Ponds

I’ve said many times here and to folks across the county that I get more questions specifically about pond management than any other topic. Indeed, a staple of east Texas land owners is the farm pond.

New Report Helps Agricultural Producers Navigate Federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

On May 19, 2020, USDA released details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

East Texas Ag News: Not “Murder Hornets” but Cicada Killers

According to all scientific observations, we certainly don’t have any murderous hornets in East Texas, but we do have an unusually large wasp called a Cicada killer.

East Texas Ag News: Termite Swarms

Native subterranean termites have already swarmed down South where the weather has already warmed up and now is reported to be swarming in Central and North Texas.

Ag News: Garden options for the first-time gardener

East Texas Ag News: Getting your lawn ready for summer

East Texas Ag News: Supporting the (Canceled) county fair livestock exhibitors, local business

East Texas Ag News: Caley Choate shows a market steer at Angelina County Fair

Jordan Rhodes shows a lamb at Angelina County Fair

East Texas Ag News: Lauren Boulware to show her first meat goat at the Angelina County Fair

Morgan Chaviers raising broilers and competing at the Angelina County Fair

Morgan Chaviers is 10 years old and a 4th grader at Central Elementary and is raising broilers for her second year as she competes in the Angelina County Fair.

Great time to prune trees and shrubs

Recent inquiries at the Extension office have been about pruning trees and shrubs. Indeed, this is a great time to do most of your annual pruning. Trees and shrubs are in their dormant stage and can take it quite well.

What’s in your soil?

Perhaps nothing is more therapeutic than digging in wonderful, dark, rich soil. Your shovel cuts easily down thru the soft, crumbly soil and is wonderful.

Make sure your Poinsettia is getting the right care

Not too surprisingly, the Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is the most popular flowering plant sold in the United States with more than 70 million sold nationwide each year.

Anderson County couple wins TFB’s Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher contest

The seeds of a dream tended with much hard work and perseverance have one young couple reaping the rewards. It’s a bountiful harvest for first-generation farmers Braden and Jordan McInnis of Anderson County.

Cabbage: A good option for our gardens

I’ve heard from a couple of gardeners in the last few days about how their vegetables are growing after the freeze. For both, their cabbage was doing very well.

Composting – How to do it yourself

Compost is touted as a miracle product and held in high regards by every gardener with a basic knowledge of how plants grow. We buy it in bags at the garden center or have it delivered by the dump truck load.

First frost about 2 weeks early

First frost in East Texas came two weeks earlier than usual.

Lawn care in the fall

Cooler weather and shorter days are bringing an end to lawn growth. These practices that will ensure a good transition of your lawn into winter months

Mulching with pine straw

Right under our collective noses - and probably in your very own yard - is a great gardening tool that we have typically shunned. Pine straw.

Ways to deter deer from consuming garden plants

Here are some ways to deter deer from consuming garden plants.

Are there seasons for gardening?

With the right plants in a garden patch, gardeners in East Texas can raise vegetables 12 months out of the year.

Keeping deer away from your landscape

While you cannot completely “deer-proof” your landscape, there are some plants that you can utilize that are not attractive to them.

Gambling with cattle herd health

Too often, cattlemen will put off some basic animal husbandry practices to save time and expense, with the hope that their herd will be fine.

Rapidly declining post oaks

Post oaks are a tough tree if left alone. They are slow-growing trees that can live in dry, poor soils, and are resistant to rot, fire, and drought. The most common reason they perish is from mechanical damage to the roots caused by construction.

Lessons from a county agents meeting

This past week the annual Agricultural Agents Professional Improvement Conference was held in Galveston. It is a professional association that rotates meetings around the state and has professional improvement seminars.

Evaluating your landscape

Unlike the inside of your home, landscapes change seasonally.

Rain, humidity plague tomato gardeners

Recent rains and our typical humidity are starting to cause problems on tomatoes for area gardeners.

  Texas tree farm awarded 2019 outstanding tree farm by the Texas Forestry Association

The Denson's of Arp are the 2019 Texas outstanding tree farmers of the year.

Mayhaw disease woes

Mayhaws are a native fruit that produces a wonderful jelly. But they all have a common problem - fungus.

The rich history of Spanish moss

Spanish moss has a rich history throughout the south.

Beautiful wildflower or weed?

It’s called Queen Anne’s Lace, or wild carrot depending on your view of it. It is a non-native plant, brought to America by Europeans who wanted it for the garden.

Fungus problems on fruit and other plants

The recent wet weather and our typical humidity may have increased the amount of fungal problems on fruit trees. Just like in your home, molds and fungus grow when there is an abundance of moisture.

Centipedes and Millipedes

As all critters grow and mature, there are certainly cases where the conditions line up and are favorable to developing a huge population. And when that happens, everyone affected immediately notices.

Planting Cantaloupe takes patience, perfect timing

Cantaloupes take about 80 to 90 days from seed to harvest, making them a longer wait than some other items in the garden.

Grow winter squash in summer to stores for colder months

Winter squash is grown in the summer months. It cannot tolerate cold soil and certainly won’t last after a frost.

Focus on farm pond management in Spring

Spring is the time for stocking and the beginning of regular feeding of catfish.

Owen Quarles to participate in ‘Reach for the Stars’ at Angelina County Fair

There’s a brand-new show at the Angelina County Fair this year called Reach for the Stars “Celebrating the Possibilities”. It will be a livestock show on Friday, April 19 at 3 pm that will showcase the talents of special needs youth from across our county.

Smith County Ag Robotics teams win big at Houston Rodeo

Ag Robotics competition: machines programmed to complete tasks including planting seeds, pulling weeds or moving feed bags were judged based on how well the robots completed the attempted challenges in the three-minute timeframe.

Nacogdoches County agriculture award honorees named

Nacogdoches County agriculture award honorees & scholarship recipients

Amy Jeffries building table for Angelina County Fair

Amy Jeffries building table for the Angelina County Fair

Wet soil means gardening might be delayed

Wet ground is going to slow gardens down and getting that tiller into your wet, soggy soil sets up a garden for long term problems.

Chilling hours and cold weather

Are you prepping for the chilling hours and cold weather? Here's what you need to know.

Planning for a successful 2019 hay harvest

If you find yourself still needing to feed hay, it may be time to look at your stocking rate. Proper stocking rates will allow for cool season grasses to get a foot-hold and sustain your herd. Overstocked pastures never do see grasses, of any kind, really perform well and adequately sustain livestoc

Gearing up for a successful hay harvest

Harvesting hay with a short time frame between each cutting will certainly lead to higher quality hay, whereas waiting longer between cuttings will increase the yield. But this increased yield will have a much higher fiber content. This increased fiber is less digestible.

Planning out your vegetable garden

Coming out of a very cold weekend may not be the time that most folks plan for spring gardens. Getting into the 20’s sure puts a damper on working outside.

  East Texas Ag News: Hay prices for this week

The USDA weekly Texas hay report says all hay classes traded fully steady at the end of 2018.

  East Texas Ag News: Seed planting tips for the new year

You can start the new year off planting seeds in your garden.

  East Texas Ag News: Breeding hogs on the rise in the US

The number of hogs kept for breeding here in the US is up by more than three percent compared to last year.

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With the shortage of good hay, it is important for stockmen to supplement protein in a cost-efficient manner.

  East Texas Ag News: This week’s hay prices

Due to the recent Christmas holidays, there are no cattle numbers.

East Texas Ag News: Keeping laying hens productive in winter

Keeping laying hens productive through the winter months means keeping them well fed, well-watered, healthy, and comfortable.

  East Texas Ag News: Wood ashes can be used for landscape fertilizer

Many East Texans are wondering the best way to dump their ashes after burning fires throughout winter.

  East Texas Ag News: Tips on growing turnips

Turnips normally reach a useable size at two or three inches in width.

Care for backyard chickens during winter

Keeping laying hens productive through the winter months means keeping them well-fed, well-watered, healthy, and comfortable. Here is a checklist developed by experts to assist the backyard grower in keeping their flock comfortable.

  East Texas Ag News: Treating pets for fleas in the winter

While there are fewer fleas in your yard right now, it’s not the same for your pets.

  East Texas Ag News: This week’s cattle, hay numbers

Here are the latest numbers for cattle and hay producers.

  East Texas Ag News: Invasive tree bug makes its way to Texas

An invasive bug species is making its way to Texas.

  East Texas Ag News: Resting soil is essential to healthy gardens

The term fallow ground isn’t widely used anymore, but it’s a common agricultural practice to let the soil rest and restore the soil structure and biological life.

  East Texas Ag News: Controlling thistle seed heads

What is the best way to control thistle seed heads?

Gift giving to a gardener

Getting someone a gift that would at least nudge them outside to beautify and the landscape with proper tools and inspiration, I’d be willing to go that far.

  East Texas Ag News: Latest numbers for hay, cattle producers

Here are the latest numbers for cattle and hay producers.

  East Texas Ag News: Building your garden soil

If your garden has some fallow areas that need building, the Winter months are an excellent time to add organic matter, which is beneficial to all soils.

  East Texas Ag News: What to do with all those leaves

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.

Grazing demonstration with turnips

A recent trial looked at the viability of seeding turnips with ryegrass as a winter grazing option for cattle. The results delved into the specifics of this option that may sound odd to some.

  East Texas Ag News: Not too late to plant pansies

There’s still time to plant pansies. These colorful annuals will live through the Winter and be a great Spring plant.

  East Texas Ag News: Calf prices down this week

The price for calves is down this week compared to recent weeks.

  East Texas Ag News: Latest prices for cattle and hay producers

Taking a look at the latest hay and cattle numbers in East Texas.