Author Archives: chelsea.dorward

Fruit Fly Frenzy

Fruit flies can be a pesky pest, especially indoors. While they can be annoying, Mike Merchant, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service urban entomologist, Dallas, said infestations of fruit flies and other flying pests are relatively easy to control. “Fruit flies are almost impossible to keep out of homes,” Merchant said. “They can fly in doors when we come and go, hitch rides home on ripe fruit, and are even small enough to enter through window screens. They are very good at smelling out food nearly anywhere in the house.” Removing the… Read More →

Diagnostic guidance: Keep cattle hydrated and healthy

It’s hot and getting hotter. Each summer in Texas, farmers and ranchers are on the gambling side of the weather, hoping for an appropriate level of rainfall to water cattle and crops. Although most of the state is not currently experiencing drought-like conditions, the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, TVMDL, encourages cattle producers to be vigilant during periods of drought or drought-like conditions. Water deprivation The most obvious method of mitigating cattle losses due to water deprivation is to ensure they have access to clean and plentiful water… Read More →

Fire Danger Increasing in North, Central Texas

The Texas A&M Forest Service, local fire officials and fire departments are advising the public to be aware of continuing dry conditions in Bell, McLennan, Coryell and Hill counties that can contribute to rapidly growing fire danger. Since these counties surround us here in Bosque, we also need to be aware. As Texas moves into the hotter and drier summer months, the fire danger increases. Grasses and surface fuels will dry out even further, making them more receptive to ignition. The first week of June, state and local fire… Read More →

8th Annual Central Texas Stocker Cattle Seminar

The 8th Annual Central Texas Stocker Cattle Seminar will be held Wednesday, June 24th at the West Auction Barn located at 20645 N. I-35 in West, Texas. This multi-county programming effort will be hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Beef and Forage Committees in Bell, Bosque, Falls, Hill, Limestone and McLennan Counties. Cost for the program is $10.00 per person, payable at registration. Speakers and topics for the program will be: Chute Side Cattle Manners (live cattle demonstration) by Jared Ranly – DVM, Ranly Veterinary Services; Low… Read More →

Bosque County Hay Show Scholarships Awarded

The first Bosque County Hay Show was held in Clifton in 1979 and was sponsored by the Bosque County Hay Show Committee, Bosque Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Texas Agriculture Extension Service, Bosque County. This year the event is tentatively planned for October 2020, in Meridian (to be confirmed). The purpose of the Hay Show has been to provide producers information as to the quality of the hay they are producing. By knowing the quality, producers know if their hay has adequate protein or if they… Read More →

3rd Annual Central Texas Vines and Wines Program

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Offices of McLennan, Bosque, Bell, Falls, Hill, Limestone Counties is hosting our Annual Vines and Wines Program which will be offered via zoom meetings as a two part educational program. Curtis and Mary Timmons at Country Spring Vineyard and Wine Garden (located at 1685 Country Spring Road, Lorena, Texas 76655)  were going to host us, but with all that is going on we have been forced to offer this program online instead. The first day (May 28th) will feature topics of the Grape… Read More →

Grain Storage and Marketing Program

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office will be hosting a Small Grains Storage & Marketing program on May 14, 2020. This program will be offered via online technology due to current COVID-19 restrictions for programs. The program will start at 8:30AM with Storage of Small Grains, Protecting Seed Quality, by Reagan Noland, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Agronomist; followed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Economist Mark Welch covering Ag Commodity Market Updates at 9:20AM. This program should conclude around 10:30AM. There is no fee to participate. To register… Read More →

Coronavirus and Livestock

written by Kay Ledbetter Coronavirus: Human strain causes fear, but domestic livestock strains are routine While wildlife may be source of China outbreak, livestock coronaviruses are common worldwide Many people are hearing about coronavirus for the first time as the China strain, COVID-19, affecting humans causes concern all across the world. But coronaviruses are not new to livestock and poultry producers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife veterinary epidemiologist. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the… Read More →

Weed and Brush Program

POSTPONED! Due to national health and safety concerns caused by the corona virus, this event has been postponed.  We will try to present this program again in the later months of August or September.  We will keep this site updated with any changes as they happen. Thanks for your understanding! ~~~~ Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Bosque County will be hosting a Weed & Brush Program Thursday, April 2, at the Meridian Civic Center. Registration will start at 8:15AM with the program to follow at 8:30AM and should… Read More →

Homeowner Maintenance of Aerobic Treatment Units

RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 7 – SAME TIME AND LOCATION ~~~~~ The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering a homeowner education event discussing the operation and maintenance of aerobic treatment units.  The “Homeowner Maintenance of Aerobic Treatment Units” workshop will be held on Thursday, March 26 from 8:30am to 3:30 p.m. at the Meridian Civic Center, 309 W. River Street, Meridian, TX. The workshop will be of interest to homeowners who want to learn more about the components and maintenance of an aerobic treatment unit and spray field…. Read More →