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The North Texas weather can have some pretty dramatic changes this time of year. Temperature swings are not uncommon from now to early spring. Animals may have a tough time coping with these changes. Horses are especially susceptible to developing an impaction colic when the weather changes and during cold weather. Be sure your animals always have access to water all winter long to help avoid impaction colic.

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A major blast of Artic air that reminded anyone outside very long that the low temperatures are uncomfortable and can be dangerous. The frigid weather can pose special risks to your pets. Here are some tips for keeping them safe and healthy during the cold weather around the holidays.

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The Texoma Turf and Tree Seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3 at the MPEC. This all-day program is for Texoma turf and tree professionals, school athletic field managers, park care-takers or anyone who want to be armed with the most up-to-date information to help with the issues and questions that are sure to come this spring concerning drought, trees and turf in landscapes.

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The recent moisture has definitely helped areas in the Rolling Plains along with putting producers in a better mood although a lot of counties missed out on the snow and rains. In the areas that received moisture, last week’s snow and rainfall has perked up winter wheat almost overnight. Producers have been bragging on how well the wheat crop looks and grown over the past several days. Producers continue to graze cattle on wheat fields as pastures have not offered much grazing. With the recent moisture, producers are hoping that pastures have enough soil moisture content to begin this year. Grasses are slowly starting to come out, but producers are cautious as to running cattle on them just yet. They want to allow pastures to replenish as much as they can before beginning to graze them. Livestock are in fair to good condition at this time as supplement feeding continues. Hay supplies have are just about depleted in some areas.  In the counties that received moisture, cotton farmers are in a better mood. Cotton producers are ready and waiting for more rains and are ready for cotton planting season to begin. Some field work being done for hay grazer planting should moisture be available.   Recent rains and warm weather have brought many wildflowers out. Feral bees were hungry and started early on anything that was blooming and now domestic bees are foraging. While there were lots of hives that didn’t make it through the winter, those that did seem to be very healthy and vigorous.  Garden plots are ready for planting. Some trees are budding and flowering.

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Pasture conditions were improving in counties that got rain last week. The rain also gave irrigated cotton a boost. Dryland cotton was still trying to hang on. Producers in some areas were preparing land for wheat and oats, and expected to begin planting soon. In other counties, hot temperatures and no rain stressed cotton and pastures. Early planted forages, including wheat and triticale, were not germinating because of dry conditions. Peanuts were in fair condition. The fall-calving season was ongoing. Spring calving producers who hadn’t weaned calves early were weaning them now. The peach harvest neared completion. Pecans looked good with some producers spraying for weevils. Stock tanks were still dry in some areas.

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Counties in the Rolling Plains experienced near record heat over the last couple of weeks with some areas reporting four straight 112 degree days.

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