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Gardening Q & A

Plant Q & A

Q. If I am applying “Cut Vine and Stump Killer” to the freshly cut trunk of a 7 inch weed tree do I have to paint the whole cut or will it work if I just paint the cambium layer around the edge of the trunk? A. The key area that must be covered is the vascular system (cambium layer) […]

Texas A&M AgriLife joins effort to digitize North American parasite collections

Parasites are more than just bites and stings – as vectors of diseases like malaria, Lyme disease and West Nile Virus, they play important roles in human, wildlife and livestock health. A new initiative created by the National Science Foundation will collect “big data” to better understand the behaviors of parasites in North America, and now Texas A&M AgriLife has […]


Poteet FFA kicks off

On September 4 the Poteet FFA took 20 of their members including four of their chapter officers to the Wintergarden District FFA leadership lab at Eagle Pass Convention Center. This years theme was “An 80’s Party!” Annually, all FFA members in this district are invited to attend the leadership lab. This year there were 400, new and returning, proud FFA […]

Gardening Q & A

Plant Q & A

Q. Our rural neighborhood has lots of large trees, especially live oaks. Some of the trees are 4 feet in diameter. I always heard that the large old live oaks are unlikely to break or topple over even if they are largely hollow. Several weeks ago, a very large oak broke about 4 feet from the ground. Luckily it missed […]

Chipotle pays $6.5 million for false GMO advertising

Chipotle settled a class action lawsuit in California over alleged false advertising on the issue of GMOfree products. They agreed to pay $6.5 million dollars to the plaintiffs. At issue was whether “reasonable consumers” would have been deceived by the company’s advertising. It turns out that it’s almost impossible to sell food that is GMO-free. Even if it were, those […]

Vintage in Verdi

More vendor introductions from Vintage in Verdi. “Once again another great vendor with a sunny disposition and quality craftsmanship! Meet Crosses of the Heart! Jerry joined us last year with his home décor made from vintage wine barrels. He beautifully crafts furniture, crosses, lazy susans, wine racks and more. You’ll be sure to find something for yourself as well as […]

CASI Chili Cookoff at Cowboy Homecoming

After a long-time hiatus, a chili cook-off organized by Rusty Prasifika returned to Cowboy Homecoming. With 20 entries Saturday and 15 entriesSunday,theeventwas considered a success and great fun was had by all who entered and judged. Judges included the Pleasanton City Council,CityManagerJohnny Huizar, Pleasanton Police Chief Ronald Sanchez and Senator Pete Flores as well as individualsfromthecommunity such as PISD counselor […]

Upcoming events and meetings

The 2019 South Texas Peanut Growers Field Day and Tour will be held on Thursday September 19, in Pearsall. Registration will start at 9 a.m. at the Frio County Extension Office and the Tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. Topics to be covered include: Peanut breeding lines, variety trials and insecticide trials. Three (3) continuing education units (CEU’s) will be […]

Gardening Q & A

Plant Q & A

Q. You recommend that wildflower seeds be spread on sites where the seed makes contact with the soil, bare soil is best. Would it work if we applied mulch after seeding so we could conserve water and reduce weed competition with the wildflowers? A. The problem is that wildflowers perform exactly like weeds in most plantings. The mulch is just […]

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