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What’s that Pest? Southeastern Pocket Gophers

This week, I had a client send me a photo of their yard. There were 5-10 holes in the lawn characterized by large crescents of dirt around the entrances. While we’ve talked about some other digging pests in the past such as armadillos, this damage was most likely done by…
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Oats in Horse Diets

There are two ways that I approach nutrition and recommendations around animal feeding programs. For most production livestock and working animals, our goal should be to provide nutrition that meets the known nutrient requirements of that species. We know that deficiencies in things like vitamins and minerals are common and…
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Home Orchard Pest Management

Extension folks use the term “home orchard” quite loosely—generally, we are talking about anyone who is not producing fruit on a commercial scale. Per that definition, you might have one or two trees, or you could have several acres of them, and still fall into a “home orchard” producer category….
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Home Orchard Pest Management

Extension folks use the term “home orchard” quite loosely—generally, we are talking about anyone who is not producing fruit on a commercial scale. Per that definition, you might have one or two trees, or you could have several acres of them, and still fall into a “home orchard” producer category….
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Well Water Odors

In the past week or two, we’ve had several clients call our office with questions about mysterious odors in their water. These clients have all been on well systems and have had questions about the source of the odor and water safety for general use in cooking, cleaning, and so…
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Making the Most of Pecans

I had a client this week ask why he doesn’t get better nut quality from his pecan tree. Unfortunately, if you have older tree varieties and aren’t really managing them, you may never get the quality and quantity of pecans that you might hope for. With that said, I wanted…
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2021 Cloverleaf Project Achievement

Spring is typically a busy time of year for the Extension office, particularly in my main role as Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent. Between client inquiries, soil and water tests, educational programs, site visits, and training, we stay busy. Since our long-time 4-H leader Jodi Coon left us in early…
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Getting Ahead of Garden Insects

Each year, I get a number of calls asking for identification of common garden insects. Unwelcome pests reduce yields and lower the quality of harvested fruits and vegetables. Insects may cause damage through boring, sucking, or chewing plant parts such as roots, foliage, or fruits and vegetables themselves. In addition…
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What About Lawns?

If you’ve been reading my column for some time now, you may have heard me talk once or twice (or perhaps more often!) about cool season grasses, especially as it relates to winter grazing. I had some grading work done on my property in the fall and we used an…
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