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Fences…Investment for your property

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Fences      Fences around property serve many purposes. Fences divide property boundaries between neighbors, keep animals in, to keep animals out, and fences may even improve the appearance of the property. Good fences that are built properly may last from 25 to 30 years. When building a fence, plan ahead. A fence is a long term investment. When laying out the fence design, take into account what livestock species you may be planning to fence in…. 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

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 →

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 →