Monthly Archives: May 2012
The wheat harvest was expected to wrap up quickly if the weather remained hot and dry. Wheat yields ranged from very poor to above average. Cotton planting was slowed because of lack of moisture and poor producer enthusiasm. Early planted cotton was at the two-leaf stage. Some producers reported a high death loss of native as well as improved grass stands due to last year’s drought and no spring rain. Hay was in short supply west of here, and cattle producers planned to start cutting herds again if rain doesn’t come soon. The grasshopper population was increasing. Early peaches were smaller than normal.
Tags: Wichita County
A local Master Gardener found three-striped blister beetles in her yard this week. Blister beetles are commonly found in the yard and garden. They’re a unique insect because they cause all kinds of reactions on people and pets. They readily feed on plants and insects and their body contains cantharadin, a known toxin, which is the real culprit. When handled, the beetles will release cantharadin which can cause nasty blisters to form on the skin. Blister beetles readily infest vegetables and fruits and organic gardeners commonly come in direct contact with them while unknowingly removing them by hand from infested plants. Be careful not to handle or touch them; reactions vary from person to person. Out in the yard, a good option for large areas would be a product that contains Lambda-cyhalothrin and is labeled for use on plants and gardens. Lambda-cyhalothrin belongs to a group of chemicals called pyrethroids. Pyrethroids are manmade chemicals that are similar to the natural insecti-cides pyrethrins. Products containing either can be labeled for control of blister beetles.
Tags: Wichita County
Each year about this time I get questions on the pecan nut casebearer (PNC). The pecan nut casebearer is one of the most important nut infesting insect pests of pecans. Casebearer larvae tunnel into nutlets shortly after pollination, often destroying all of the nutlets in a cluster. The most effective and reliable method of control is a well-timed insecticide application(s) made in the spring to kill hatching larvae before they tunnel into the nutlets. However, insecticides should only be applied if infestations and nut load justify treatment. Typically, we will start looking for PNC in Wichita County around May 10 and spraying will progress late in the month, but it is all based on scouting for the first egg hatch.
Young horse enthusiasts are encouraged to attend a training session from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Pony Express Memorial Arena on Sunday, May 27. The arena is located at the J. S. Bridwell Agricultural Center at 111 N. Burnett in Wichita Falls. Local trainers will be available to critique riders and offer suggestions. This program will be especially valuable for youth competing at the district 4-H Horse Show in Vernon next month, however everyone is invited and there will be no fee for the program.
On April 30, 2012, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, confirmed a finding of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) infection (New Jersey serotype) on an equine premise in Otero County, New Mexico. The two affected horses had clinical signs and positive VSV serology. Three other horses on the premises show no clinical signs of disease. The premiss is currently under State quarantine. As of May 20, no new VSV-positive premises have been identified in the United States.
The Texas Equine Liability Act was amended in June of 2011. To see the new text of the statute click here. The changes relate to including more animals under the Act. The Act has now been changed to Liability Arising from Farm Animal Activities or Livestock Shows.
A farm animal includes: horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, hogs, chicken, and ratite (ostrich, rhea, and emu).
This year at the Heart O’ Texas Livestock Show will be following along with other Major Livestock Shows across Texas and supporting the Quality Counts Program. Along with the State Fair of Texas, this fall we will be requiring the Quality Counts Verification Number to be included on the entry forms in order for the exhibitors to show at any of our Junior, Jackpot and Scramble Shows.