East Texas Ag News

Lawn care for the fall

This is the time of year that I get a variety of questions about lawns, and the clock is running out.

Irrigating your landscape

Taking Care of Weeds in Farm Ponds

New Report Helps Agricultural Producers Navigate Federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

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

East Texas Ag News: Termite Swarms

Ag News: Garden options for the first-time gardener

Continued Coverage

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

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

Composting – How to do it yourself

First frost about 2 weeks early

Lawn care in the fall

Mulching with pine straw

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.

  East Texas Ag News: Feeding catfish in winter

The growth of channel catfish slows during the winter, but feeding is still important, otherwise catfish will lose weight and will not be in good condition.

  East Texas Ag News: Christmas gift ideas for gardening lovers

Looking for some Christmas ideas for your friends and family with a green thumb?

  East Texas Ag News: When to prune your plants

Taking a look at the best times to prune your plants.

  East Texas Ag News: Cool season vegetables can survive first frost of season

Some vegetables can make it through the first frost of the season.

  East Texas Ag News: Cattle prices look good following Thanksgiving holiday

Due to last week’s Thanksgiving holiday we don’t have a market comparison but according to the East Texas Livestock Market Report coming out of Crockett buyer demand this week was good.

  East Texas Ag News: Cost of steaks trend upward during fall months

The cost for different cuts of beef typically changes seasonally depending on demands.

  East Texas Ag News: Transplanting trees, shrubs in winter months

The best time to dig and transplant trees and shrubs is during late November through February.

  East Texas Ag News: Baling hay after the first frost

The dry weather from the summer coupled with the excessive rains this fall have prevented a lot of hay producers from getting as much hay baled.

  East Texas Ag News: When to graze cattle after a frost

Prussic acid develops in sudangrass or sorghum grasses which are severely stressed.One cause of that stress is frost, according to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service in Angelina County.

East Texas Ag News: Grass varieties in East Texas

East Texas is home to Vasey grass and Johnson grass.

  East Texas Ag News: Improved milk cow productivity in Texas

East Texas Ag News: Improved milk cow productivity in Texas