Author Archives: smithcountyagriculture

Horn Flies on Livestock

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County  Protecting Cattle from Horn Flies In Texas, one of the most damaging insect pests to cattle is the horn fly.  Horn flies are typically found on the animal’s back, shoulders, and sides.  Horn flies can be a problem for cattle from spring to early fall, with peak fly populations in early summer. Research has shown that a calf infested with more than 200 horn flies will gain 15 to 50 pounds less than normal from birth… Read More →

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 →