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Smith County AgNews–October 2016


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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

St. Augustine Lawn Care

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County  Spring Lawn Care For many homeowners, the lawn can add a certain aesthetic appeal.  In East Texas common warm season turfgrass varieties include bermudagrass, centipede, St. Augustine, and zoysia grass.  Having a nice green lawn is an investment and requires maintenance to keep that lawn looking its best. St. Augustine grass is a popular warm-season turfgrass species for many home lawns.  St. Augustine grass is a medium to dark green and course, textured grass.  It has… Read More →

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 →