Farm and Ranch

Gardening Q&A

Plant Q & A

Q. Based on your column a few weeks ago I checked, and we do have scale on our peach tree. What happens if we do not spray it? We do not have a spray rig and I do not like the idea of spraying plants with pesticides. A. The scale insects are sucking the juices from the tree’s cells with […]

New guidelines for attending ACLS

Due to COVID-19, the ACLS Board of Directors has approved an alternative schedule that allows for more social distancing and operating procedures for the 2021 Atascosa County Livestock show held Jan. 11-16. “Although we can agree that this is not an ideal situation, it has been and will continue to be our intention to host our show while working to […]

New guidelines for auction buyers

The Atascosa County Livestock Show begins Monday, Jan. 11 at the Atascosa County Show Barn and ends with the sale on Saturday, Jan. 16. The ACLS board states that they are excited about this year’s event thanking buyers for their historical support of the show which directly impacts positively the youth of Atascosa. “Words cannot adequately express our appreciation to […]


Presley Greer is 5-years-old and attends Pleasanton Primary, took a 6-point buck on Jan. 2 with a Ruger American Ranch 300 Blackout at 107 yards. Parents are Jerrid Greer and Megan Collins of Pleasanton.


Brock Ayala, a 4th grader at Jourdanton Elementary, took three deer at Ayala Ranches in Cotulla during Christmas break. Brock harvested two 8-pointers and a management spike (left) and is pictured with his sister, Brooke Ayala. Brock is the son of Ralph and Patricia Ayala of Jourdanton and the grandson of Nathan and Mary Smith of Jourdanton and Raul and […]


Unfortunately, starting a new year doesn’t really mean much of anything as we just experienced with 2020. People had a lot of positive things to say about 2020 vision, etc. However, there were a lot of people who struggled. Some experienced the loss of a loved one, as happens every year. Some the loss of a job, which happens every […]

An Embarrassing Column

On the Edge of Common Sense

Embarrassing moments. Nobody likes to talk about them. Oh, they’ll talk about slipping on the ice on their first date or getting bucked off a gentle horse. Other folks empathize and usually they laugh. But it makes people uneasy when it’s really embarrassing. They might titter nervously, but if it’s really awful it makes us uncomfortable. It could happen to […]

Are you ready for the Atascosa County Livestock Show?

Hay! Have you herd? It’s about time to start moovin’ on over to the Atascosa County Livestock Show beginning Sunday, Jan. 10. Local ag students will be heading over to the Atascosa County Show Barn, at 318 Showbarn Rd., with their animals and other ag projects. The Pleasanton Express will be covering the event and will publish the results in […]


Eleven year-old Trais Collins, 5th grader at Pleasanton Elementary, took a 4.5-year-old fallow buck from 100 yards with a Thompson Center 270. The buck was taken at the family ranch in Christine and Trais was guided by Calvin and Megan Collins.


Atascosa County Farm Bureau donated $15,000 to the Atascosa County Livestock Show to help complete their steer barn. Atascosa County Farm Bureau board member and vice president Ryan Novak (at right) is pictured presenting the check to Atascosa County Livestock Show president Doug Black. “The goal of the Atascosa County Farm Bureau’s donation was to give back by encouraging participation […]

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