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Central Texas CattleWomen to meet Saturday, August 17th at Central Texas Farm Credit in Early. The Central Texas CattleWomen is a new local chapter of the Texas CattleWomen. CattleWomen work toward solutions of beef cattle problems, to inform consumers of the importance of the industry and t…

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EARLY, Texas — Toni and Carter Damron of Blanket, Texas, recently saw firsthand how Farm Credit uses its cooperative structure and unique funding mechanism to support agriculture and rural communities. The Damrons, member-borrowers of Central Texas Farm Credit, were among 20 agricultural pro…

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ABILENE, Texas — Texas A&M Forest Service, in cooperation with Abilene Fire Department, is hosting a celebration in honor of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday and his wildfire prevention message. The event will be held Friday, Aug. 9, from 11a.m. to 2p.m. at Nelson Park Festival Gardens, 2070 …

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AUSTIN – Hunters looking for a new opportunity or simply a change of scenery this fall are urged to check out the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s drawn hunt permits program. Applications are being accepted now for a shot at more than 9,000 permits in 51 hunt categories.

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Pecan weevils are a major pest for both commercial pecan production and backyard pecan producers in Comanche and surrounding counties. Soil type and soil moisture conditions dictate the emergence of adult weevils as much as anything. Hard soil will delay emergence of the weevil. Under normal…

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AUSTIN— The 23rd annual Great Texas Birding Classic (GTBC) has wrapped up another year and the winners of the largest and longest bird-watching competition in the United States have chosen 10 conservation projects to award grant funds. Grants range in amount to $1,000 to $10,000.

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The very common Junebug found in Texas is the adult stage of the white grub. There are over 100 varieties of May or June beetles in Texas and few cause a major economic loss to crops and horticulture plants but some can be damaging to turfgrass. The white grub, also known as a grubworm feeds…

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I think the last 3 or 4 articles I have put out have been about insects, much of that is due to the wet year being conducive to large outbreaks of various insects. This week I am writing about grasshoppers, an insect that usually is not an issue during wet years. Typically, during a wet spri…

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EXAR Frontier Gal 1058 won reserve grand champion owned female at the 2019 Texas Junior Angus Association State Show, June 8-9 in Belton, Texas. Kaylan Kiser, Proctor, Texas, owns the January 2018 daughter of PVF Insight 0129. She earlier won reserve junior champion. Garrett Knebel, Bozeman,…

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The Bermudagrass Stem Maggot has been with us for several years now and most everyone knows how to scout for damage and how to treat. However, in the last week there has been a significant increase in Bermudagrass Stem Maggot activity in fields. I am finding thousands of BGSM flies in most f…

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Trey Bauman waited and waited for the lake to open and it finally opened this week. Trey caught this nice 7 pound hybrid. “I believe it was worth the wait to see this smile!” said Trey’s mom. Trey is the son of Cody and January Bauman. Day use is open right now and parks will be opening on J…

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With the wet year we are having there are going to be many insect issues, one that has already come up is springtail infestations. Springtails look like tiny fleas; they are black, and they jump. However, springtails are not harmful. They do not bite people or pets, spread disease or damage …

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(Comanche, Texas)—Continuing education after high school can be costly. That’s why Comanche County Farm Bureau awarded $2000 in scholarships to local students. “We offer these scholarships to support our local youth,”Comanche County Farm Bureau President Todd Schoen said. “Trade school, coll…

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June is Dairy Month and a good time to reflect on the importance of milk in the diet.

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By The Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

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June is dairy month, and the dairy industry is a vital part of the economy in Comanche and surrounding counties. June Dairy Month, an annual tradition developed to celebrate the dairy industry and its many contributors to our society, originated in 1937. During its first two years, 1937 and …

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Master Horseman, SPCA of Texas to Promote ‘Natural Horsemanship’ Education in Equine Welfare.

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AUSTIN – Texas offers a Free Fishing Day on the first Saturday in June every year to help kick off National Fishing and Boating Week. On this day anglers can fish on any public waterbody in the state without a fishing license.

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A Missouri State University’s Animal Science Class visited Dudley Bros. in Comanche County on their statewide tour Wednesday, May 22. The students judged a pen of Bull Sale bulls and critiqued several young Herd Sire prospects.

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We have had incredible rainfall the last two months. Totals have surpassed normal year total averages in many areas. This has caused countless issues for farmers. It has however grown lots of grass and weeds. I do not know if I have ever seen thistles like we have this year. The moisture has…

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AUSTIN – Last year, 29 boating fatalities and hundreds of boat accidents and injuries occurred on Texas waters. As part of National Safe Boating Week May 18-24, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement are reminding Texans to be safe this Memorial Day weekend and all summer long b…

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Right now, it looks like half the county is underwater. So of course, everyone’s tanks are full to overflowing. Before this last round of rain, I was getting a good many questions about pond weeds and in particular “pond scum”. A few typical names people use to refer to various aquatic weeds…

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Recently questions about Hemp has been on of the top calls coming into the local county agent office. First and fore most it needs to be understood that as I write this article hemp is still illegal in Texas. While the Texas House of Representatives did pass HB 1325, in the Senate it was ref…

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WASHINGTON, April 30, 2019 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced today the availability of a new web-based tool – developed in partnership with the University of Wisconsin – to help dairy producers evaluate various scenarios using different coverage levels through the new Dairy Marg…

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It is the time of year that honey bees will start swarming. This time of year, we always have folks call concerned about seeing a large numbers of bees either flying or gathered together in a huge mass. There is nothing to be alarmed about, this just a honey bee swarm. Bees swarm as a natura…

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AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has partnered with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Texas Wildlife Association, and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association to highlight the importance o…

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