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Upcoming Robertson County Extension Educational Activities

Upcoming Robertson County Extension Educational Activities Calendar – Please call (979) 828-4270 for more information • Monday, October 26, 2020 “Beef Cattle and Forage Management Seminar” Registration 7:00am, Pridgeon Community Center, 351 Cooks Lane, Franklin. 7 CEU’s available (available in person and virtual) • Thursday, December 10, 2020 “District 8 Ranch Management Seminar” Registration 7:00am, Pridgeon Community Center, 351 Cooks Lane, Franklin. 8 CEU’s available upon TDA Approval “Beef Cattle and Forage Management Seminar” Detailed Information The Seminar will be held on Monday, October 26, 2020 at the… Read More →

2020 Hay Show Results

2020 Hay Show Program Our 2020 Overall Grand Champion goes to Phillip Munden with his Improved Bermudagrass bale. Our 2020 Reserve Overall Grand Champion Bale goes to Cory Viertel in the Sudan bale. Congratulations everyone and thank you for your support!!

Central Texas Fall Cow-Calf Seminar

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Offices of McLennan, Johnson, Limestone, Falls, Bell, Bosque, Hill, Hamilton and Coryell Counties will be hosting a Central Texas Fall Cow/Calf Seminar on the morning of October 20, 2020. This program will be held virtually. With over 576,000 head of beef cattle in these nine counties, this program will provide timely information on health and nutrition for beef cattle in Central Texas. Any information that is related to health, nutrition and reproduction of cattle can have an economic impact on agriculture production in… Read More →

Fall Armyworms Are Here!

Armyworms are out!!! The recent rains and cooler weather have helped propel this along, but they are here now and by the time this article is released in the newspaper they will be in Bosque County in full force. So, what can you do? For anyone who is unfamiliar with this insect, it is a common pest of bermudagrass, sorghum, corn, wheat and rye grass and many other crops in north and central Texas, but it can affect your lawn and landscape. Larvae of fall armyworms are green,… Read More →

Bosque County Hay Show Collection Event set for 9-18-2020 at Extension Office

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Bosque County will be collecting hay samples for the 42nd Annual Bosque County Hay Show & Scholarship Fundraiser. If you are interested in submitting hay samples into this year’s contest, entries maybe dropped off at the Bosque County Extension Office (located at 104 S Fuller in Meridian) between 8AM and 10AM on Friday, September 18, 2020. Sampling will close on September 18, but you may also drop samples off early at the Extension Office. Samples will be taken from the conventional… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife releases annual wheat ‘Picks List’

Variety choices based on yield, disease, insect resistance traits Texas A&M AgriLife wheat experts have determined their annual “Picks List” to guide producers as they prepare for fall planting in the near future. TAM 115 and TAM 205 wheat varieties were added to this year’s Picks List in the High Plains. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter) Continuing a long-time tradition, ongoing Picks List criteria include a minimum of three years of irrigated or dryland data in Texas A&M AgriLife regional variety trials across numerous locations. Pick List… Read More →

21st Annual Central Texas Beef Cattle Meeting

The 21st annual Central Texas Beef Cattle Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 virtually, via Zoom.  Registration is FREE.  Program will start at 1:00PM and continue until 4:30PM. This annual event is hosted jointly by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services in Bosque, Hood, Somervell and Johnson Counties.  This year’s program will include the following presentations: Herd Health Maintenance, Body Conditioning Score, by Dr. Jason Cleere, Beef Cattle Specialist – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; Cattle Branding, Theft and Prevention, by Marvin Wills, Texas & Southwestern… Read More →

Herbicide Applications During Dry, Hot Months

Invasive brush can decrease forage productivity for livestock or decrease brush diversity, valuable for wildlife habitat.  Most ranchers find themselves constantly considering options for brush management, weighing not only the cost and effectiveness, but also when they can find the time to complete the treatments.   As temperatures continue to climb across the state and the chances of rainfall seem to be weakening, it’s important to consider the effect this will have on any herbicide applications. Treating weeds or brush with a leaf spray application when temperatures are as… Read More →

Three-Night “Aggie Beef 706” Goes Virtual

For the first time since its creation in 1993, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Aggie Beef 706 program will be held virtually. Ranchers, educators and allied business people are invited to learn the same valuable concepts traditionally taught in Beef 706. Participants will attend three successive night sessions on Aug. 11-13 from 6:30-8:45 pm. The event is free, but does require advance registration, regardless of how many sessions attended. “This Virtual Aggie Beef 706 will teach producers about the food side of their industry,” said Dan Hale, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension associate director and… Read More →

It’s Big – but it’s Not a Murder Hornet

We’ve had a few calls and samples brought into the Bosque County Extension Office over the past few weeks so I thought this article was fitting. Since the release of information about Asian giant hornets, Texas A&M AgriLife entomologists are being inundated with cicada killers and other lookalike insects submitted for identification as a possible “murder hornet,” which thus far has only been found in Washington state in the U.S. While the agency wants to continue to encourage Texans to be vigilant in watching for the Asian giant… Read More →