Farm and Ranch


Colton, grandson of Sergio and Carol Chapa, is hard at work helping his Pappy raise this year’s garden.

Just fresh vegetables

One of my favorite things about spring/summer is having a garden that we can get fresh homegrown vegetables from. I love making dinners with fresh veggies, mainly because my boys will actually eat them! We have always loved coming up with new ways to cook our fresh veggies or finding ways to preserve them. This year I have made 18 […]

Tilden FFA members earn Ford Truck Scholarships

Reagan Moon and Cotton Harris of the Tilden FFA Chapter were each recently awarded $1,000 scholarships by Kinsel Ford Three Rivers through the National FFA Organization Built Ford Tough Ford Truck Scholarship Program. Ford Motor Company, a sponsor of the FFA organization since 1948, is recognized for its long-term commitment with Built Ford Tough scholarships for tomorrow’s farmers and community […]


On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, Ashtyn Mordica of Atascosa County 4-H and the La Parita 4-H Club participated in the District 12 4-H Horse Show in Edna. Ashtyn placed 1st in Cloverleaf Barrels, 1st in Pole Bending, 1st in the Stakes Race and was the Grand Champion Junior in Speed Events. Pictured left to right: Amanda Mordica, mother, Ashtyn Mordica […]

How does your garden grow?

The Pleasanton Express has loved seeing newbie and experienced gardeners’ photos during the last few weeks. We want to see more! We are starting a contest, “How does your garden grow?” We want to see photos of your freshly grown tomatoes, crispy cucumbers and ears of sweet corn from your home gardens. Send us your photos of your vegetable or […]

South Central Texas Independent Cattlemen’s Association awards scholarships

The scholarship committee of the South Central Texas Independent Cattlemen’s Association (SCTICA) has made the selections for 2020 scholarships. Each recipient is a 2020 graduate and will receive a $500 scholarship. Hannah Watts, Poteet High School, is active in the FFA, 4-H, Poteet Strawberry Festival Court and Cowboy Fellowship Fall Festival. She will attend Texas A&M University majoring in Ag […]

Farm Service Agency County Committee Nominations Opened June 15

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began accepting nominations for county committee members on Monday, June 15, 2020. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for these members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. All nomination forms for the 2020 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. […]

June 30 last day to complete enrollment for 2020 Agriculture Risk Coverage, Price Loss Coverage Programs

Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2020 must do so by June 30. Although program elections for the 2020 crop year remain the same as elections made for 2019, all producers need to contact their local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to sign a 2020 […]

The Missing Link

On the Edge of Common Sense

It arched across the cloudless sky like someone throwin’ chum But they weren’t fishin’, no my friends, the object was a thumb It launched from Kenneth’s dally when his heelin’ rope came tight And whizzed by Eddie’s horse’s head and disappeared from sight. Eddie did a double take … hors d’oeuvres flashed through his mind, A little sausage on a […]

Gardening Q&A

Plant Q & A

Q. Our tomatoes have done very well this spring. I think they have the potential to continue producing this fall. They are Red Snapper, Tycoon, BHN 968, HM 8849 and all the recommended varieties. They are still producing fruit, but they are partially infested with spider mites now. Surely there is something I can spray to control the mites? A. […]

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