While the bad news is that fire ants are a permanent problem, the good news is that, with relatively little cost and effort, you can prevent most of the problems they cause using currently available methods.
Some of the most frequent questions I get are in regard to farm ponds. Folks in west Texas call them “tanks” or “stock tanks”. And I have it on good order from my co-workers in northeast Texas that their chosen name for ponds is “pools”. Regardless of their name, ponds are used for watering livestock, aesthetics, or just plain fishing.
This scorching heat is tough on just about everyone, and everything—including your plants and landscaping. Maintaining moisture in the ground is a challenge… The Texas A&M AgriLife extension service says it just takes a little planning.
In the span of a week, I had the opportunity to visit two properties, two completely different pastures, with two very different owners who wanted the same outcome. Both wanted to increase their stocking rate for cattle.
"...they’ll lay an egg mass on the bottom side of the leaf and as those eggs hatch, those larvae will start feeding on those leaves, and over the span of five or six weeks, the can skeletonize a pecan tree.”
It is sometimes easy to tell which pest is breaking out around the county by the sheer number of phone calls that I get. This week it is the walnut caterpillar that is being found all over our beloved pecan trees.
“Grass likes to grow during warm nights, but we’re also having hot and humid days, and now it’s kind of drying out even more. The moisture is going out of the soil, so we need some more rain, and people are having to irrigate, so we’re starting to see dry spots,” Hill said
We all know the June bug as the brown beetle that fly around in any outdoor light the evening and cling to the window screens outside a lighted room. While they don’t bite or sting, they can cause damage to your landscape.
Nitrogen is a major nutrient of all plant life and of all the elements required for plants to grow, nitrogen is given the most credit for making plants green and vegetative. Without nitrogen, plants will appear yellow and will produce less.
Fire ants are native to South America. They entered the U.S. through Mobile, Alabama, probably in soil used for ships’ ballasts, but all most folks really want to know about fire ants is how to get rid of them.
Riley will be exhibiting his last steer in the Angelina County Fair as he gets ready to graduate at the end of this school year. He says his interest in participating in the fair developed as he grew up watching his older brothers in 4-H and in the county fair