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Smith County Ag News–July 2014

Smith County Ag News July 2014 A newsletter for producers in Smith County with educational program information, CEU’s, industry updates, and more.

Grass Carp

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Grass Carp Landowners with farm ponds look at various options to control weeds in the pond. Grass carp may offer biological control of some unwanted aquatic vegetation. Grass carp may be a good option for some, but stocking grass carp requires a permit application process. Vegetation in a pond can be important in maintaining good fish communities. Vegetation can also provide food for other wildlife species. If we have too much growth of certain aquatic plants,… Read More →

Smith County Ag News–June 2014

Smith County Ag News June 2014 A monthly e-newsletter for Smith County highlighting industry updates, CEU’s, upcoming programs, and more.

How big is your pond?

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County How big is your pond? Each spring, landowners with farm ponds begin managing their ponds for recreational fishing, livestock water and other uses. Water quality is important and having your water tested can help you decide what to do next. If you know how big your pond is that can be helpful in many farm pond management decisions. If we know the proper size of the pond, we can know how to apply lime or fertilizer… Read More →

New Texas Department of Agriculture Testing Procedures

TDA AGRICULTURAL APPLICATOR TESTING:  The Texas Department of Agriculture has contracted with PSI Services LLC to administer exams for all agricultural pesticide licensing. For information on the procedures each agricultural licensee (Private, Commercial, Noncommercial, and Political Subdivision Noncommercial) must follow to take their examination(s): PSI ConvenienceTesting Rollout TAES5-9-2014