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2019 CenTex Beef Cattle Symposium

The nine county Extension Beef Cattle Program will be held at the Gatesville Civic Center, 301 Veterans Memorial Loop – Gatesville, TX 76528 on Friday, September 27th. This year’s program will include current issues facing cattle producers and the annual steak dinner. Topics and speakers: Chute Side Cattle Manners with Jarred Ranly DVM, Ranly Veterinary Services and Jamie Smith, Boehringer-Ingelheim; Electronic ID Requirements for Cattle with Dr. Tom Hairgrove, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Veterinary Specialist; Land, Wire, and Water Laws by Brandon Belt, Coryell County Attorney; Innovative Research… Read More →

Feral Hog Management Seminar

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Offices of Hill, Johnson, Bosque, McLennan, Ellis and Limestone Counties will jointly host a Feral Hog Management Seminar on Friday, September 20, 2019 from 8:00am to noon, at the Hill County Fairgrounds.   John Tomecek, Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist and Michael Bodenchuk, Director, Texas Wildlife Services will speak on the following topics: Feral Hog Biology; Feral Hog Laws & Regulations; Toxicant Research Update.  There will also be Hands-on Feral Hog Control Options to include:  Making & Using Snares and Setting and Using… Read More →

Bosque County Hay Show Collection Event

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office – Bosque County will be collecting hay samples for the 41st Annual Bosque County Hay Show & Scholarship Auction. If you are interested in submitting hay sample(s) into this year’s contest, entries may be dropped off at the Bosque County Extension Office (located at 104 S Fuller in Meridian) between 9AM and 11AM on Friday, September 13, 2019.  Sampling will close on September 13, but you may also drop samples at your local FFA Chapter by Thursday, September 12th.  Samples will be… Read More →


There’s an old naturalist’s saying that you’re never more than 5 feet from a spider (or a snake – but that’s for another day). It’s probably true, as spiders can be found nearly everywhere, indoors and out. If your house is like mine, overnight they can spin webs all around my house, on my car, throughout my carport. You can’t go outside without walking through those almost impossible to see but stick on you forever webs! Typically, one will see more spiders in the fall because of the… Read More →

Deer Management Seminar

A multi-county Deer Management Seminar will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019 at the Meridian Civic Center, located at 309 W River St. in Meridian, Texas. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and program starts at 9:00. The seminar includes the following topics:  Deer Biology: Facts, Myths and Misconceptions, by Will Moseley of the Noble Research Institute; Feeders and Food Plots, by Steven Smith of the Noble Research Institute; Population Management and TWPD Landowner Assistance Programs, by Kyle Melton from Texas Park and Wildlife; Habitat Management, by Steven… Read More →

Look Out for the Armyworm Invasion

While it’s only summer, the continued rains could put us in prime conditions for the Fall Armyworm. This 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, brown or black with white to yellowish lines running from head to tail. A distinct white line between the eyes forms an inverted “Y” pattern on the face. Four black spots aligned in a square… Read More →

Walnut Caterpillars

What are they? Those black caterpillars with long white hairs?? They’re everywhere, by the thousands! Over the last ten days I’ve had multiple emails, texts, calls and people bringing in samples of these critters. Yes they are everywhere right now…even on the floor of our office (thanks to our shade trees). They are Walnut Caterpillars. But don’t be confused by its name, the Walnut Caterpillar will also feed upon pecans, black walnuts, English walnuts, Japanese Walnuts, butternut and hickory. The black with white hairs stage of this insect’s… Read More →

Central Texas Stocker Cattle Seminar

The 7th Annual Central Texas Stocker Cattle Seminar will be held Wednesday, June 26th at the West Auction Barn located at 20645 N. I-35, West, Texas 76691. 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 The Affect of Nutrition on Performance/Health of Stocker by Levi Trubenback, Livestock Nutrition Center; Economics of… Read More →

Bosque County Hay Show Scholarships

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. Forty years later, the next hay show is tentatively planned for October 2019, in Meridian, Texas. 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… Read More →


With all the recent rains mosquitoes are abundant. Mosquitoes are not only an annoyance, but can leave itchy bites and transmit diseases. Since mosquitoes will attack all warm-blooded vertebrates, livestock, pets and humans are all susceptible. In livestock, large populations of mosquitoes can cause irritation and extensive blood loss, which can result in reduced productivity and sometimes death. Diseases affecting livestock from mosquitoes include Easter Equine Encephalomyelitis (EEE) virus, Western Equine Encephalomyelitis (WEE) virus and Venezuelan Equine Encephalomyelitis (VEE). These are not exclusive to horses as the EEE… Read More →