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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 →

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 →

Small Acreage Webinar Series

2014 SAHC news_release A series of webinars for Small Acreage Horticulture.