Author Archives: smithcountyagriculture

Chill Hours

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County  Chill Hours for Fruit Trees Chill hours are important to many wanting to grow fruit trees around the state of Texas.  The dormant buds of many plants require a period of cold weather to grow, flower, and develop properly, but requirements vary widely by species. For dormant buds of fruit trees, this is commonly referred to as the chilling requirement. Chilling hours are calculated as a tool for fruit producers to gauge whether their crop has… Read More →

Texas Food Connection Week

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Texas Food Connection Week Agriculture is life.  Agriculture touches all our lives daily.  From the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the structures we use to provide shelter, agriculture is all around us.  Texas farmers and ranchers work daily to produce a source of good, wholesome food for all of us locally, nationally, and internationally. Texas is one of the nation’s top states in total Agriculture production.  Agriculture production in Texas exceeds $20 billion. … Read More →

Container Gardening

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County   Vegetable Gardening in Containers   Do you want to grow vegetables in your garden however you find that space is limited or insufficient to do so?  Container gardening may be an option for you.  Growing vegetables in containers in a window sill, patio, or a balcony may provide enough space for a productive mini-garden.  Container gardening is also a good way to introduce children to vegetable gardening. Crop selection is an important consideration for any… Read More →

Time to Soil Test

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Have you taken a Soil Test? We all took tests in school but have you ever taken a soil test?  Now is a great time to be soil testing your gardens, lawns, pastures, and hay fields in preparation of spring planting and fertilization.  A soil test is the sure way to determine nutrients present or lacking in your specific soil type. There are a number of laboratories across Texas that can analyze your soil.  Most basic… Read More →

Texas Master Naturalist

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Texas Master Naturalist             The Texas Master Naturalist™ program is a partnership between the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department that has resulted in a unique master volunteer organization. The mission of the Texas Master Naturalist™ program is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.  Many communities and organizations rely… Read More →