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Armadillos

Nine-banded Armadillo doing dinner in the Live Oak community surrounding Welder Wildlife Complex by Anna Livia https://naturetourism.tamu.edu/2011/09/07/where-the-wild-things-are-at-welder/   Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County   Armadillos Have you noticed digging in your lawn, garden or flower beds?  You could have armadillos rooting around looking for food.  Proper identification of the animal causing the damage to your lawn or garden can help you decide what to go to mitigate the damage. Armadillos weigh between 8 to 17 pounds and can be around 30… Read More →

Tri-County Beef and Forage Workshop

Ticks

  Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Ticks  Ticks are biting pests that can affect pets, livestock and humans alike.  Lone star ticks live in wooded areas with underbrush, along creeks and rivers near animal resting places.  The brown dog tick is the most common tick in urban areas. Ticks can belong to either of two family groups: “hard ticks” (Ixodidae) and “soft ticks” (Argasidae).  Ticks develop through four stages: egg; six-legged larva or “seed ticks”; an eight-legged nymph; and adult. Adult… Read More →

Weeds

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County   What is a Weed?   The name “weed” has usually been associated with plants, both native and of foreign origin, that are not desirable.  From the agronomic standpoint, a weed is described as “a plant that can cause economic loss in a production unit.”  Many gardeners and home landscape managers view a weed as a “plant growing out of place.”  Still others view a weed as a “plant whose virtue has yet to be discovered.”… 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 →