Monthly Archives: March 2012
News Column By: Chad Gulley County Extension Agent–Ag/NR Smith County Tent Caterpillars Tent caterpillars are in my trees. What do I do about them? These caterpillars produce unsightly webs or tents in trees and shrubs around the landscape. With large populations, defoliation of trees may result. The keys to eliminating tent caterpillars are to identify them early and accurately, understanding their life cycle, and using appropriate control methods. In Texas, there are four closely related species of tent caterpillars. They are the eastern tent caterpillar Malacosoma americanum,… Read More →
Tri-County Beef and Forage Workshop (3) A Workshop with 3 CEU hours for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders.
Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County Water Requirements of Livestock Water is essential for life. Livestock are no different. Water constitutes 60 to 70 percent of the body of livestock. Weather can play a huge factor in the amount water needed for the livestock species you raise. With the hot, dry weather we had in the drought of 2011, water became a problem as some water bodies dried up. Limiting water intake to livestock due to numerous factors can directly impact performance… Read More →
Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County Will I Need to Replant My Pastures? Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) is a warm-season perennial forage that over the years has become the basis of many forage systems across the southern United States. It is well adapted to our climate and grows well under a wide array of soil types and conditions. Bermudagrass has been part of agriculture of the Southern United States for over 250 years. Bermudagrass is native to southeast Asia. Bermudagrass produces well but… Read More →