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Pecan Crops Appear on Track for Slightly Better Than Average Year

UVALDE – Hit and miss rains and a bumper 2015 crop could mean a hit-or-miss 2016 for pecan producers around the state, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Larry Stein, AgriLife Extension horticulturist, Uvalde, said the outlook for pecan producers in 2016 is fair to good. Clusters of pecans on a loaded tree near Overton. Expectations for the 2016 pecan crop are hit and miss. There were very few pecans on a tree nearby. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Adam Russell) “Some spots are in really good shape while others aren’t,” he said. “Theoretically, 2016 should be an above–average year but it won’t be for everyone.” Stein said stresses from drought, disease or pests can contribute to reduced yields but much of the blame for light pecan nut loads is a heavy crop the prior year, especially if trees were not managed correctly. “Some producers had big crops last year,” he said. “It’s just kind of the way it works that if trees make a big crop one year they don’t the next year.” But conditions appear to be favorable for many producers, Stein said. The widespread late-season rain event in early August arrived at a perfect time for producers, he said. Nut kernels are forming, and the rain provided nitrogen-infused moisture to feed that process. It also allowed irrigation pumps to sit...

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Learning About Bees…and How to Keep Them

Forty people, old and young alike, from around the area attended a Lunch and Learn program about Beekeeping on Friday, August 19, 2016 at the Fairfield Conference Center. Hosted by the Freestone County Extension Office, the lunchtime presentation was offered by Phillip Ainsley, Master Bee Keeper and Treasurer of Williamson County Bee Keepers Association. Ainsley is also a retired Pharmacist and has been bee keeping for five years. He currently has seven hives; and resides in Barclay, Texas. The following topics were discussed:–Why Keep Bees? – Honey, wax, propolis (a glue like substance made from sap), pollination, fun & networking with other beekeepers, to increase the bee population, and because bees need our help, as we need theirs.–Honey is good for health – Honey contains flavonoids, is an antibacterial and antifungal, it reduces allergies, and sooths sore throats and coughs.–What’s wrong with commercial honey? – It is heated, which destroys the beneficial enzymes. It is pressure filtered, which removes the pollen. Honey from China has illegal antibiotics and has been found to be diluted with corn syrup.–What’s killing our bees? – The Varroa Mite carries virus and weakens the bees and colony; Neonicitinoids weakens the bees and colony; stress from transport; and various diseases. The loss averages about 30 to 40% each year.–Cons of beekeeping – Expenses: equipment runs about $300 for an assembled kit plus tools; a package...

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4-County Hay Show September 20th

Landowners in Freestone and adjoining counties have submitted hay samples to their local County Extension Offices. Hay Show results and Educational Program will be given on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 by Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Associate Professor and Extension Forage Specialist. During this program, Dr. Billy Higginbotham, Professor and Wildlife & Fisheries Specialist, will also discuss Pond Management. For more information regarding the Hay Show and Pond Program, and/or to RSVP, contact the Extension Office at 903-389-3436 by September 16,...

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Joe Max Wilson Labor Day Weekend Golf Scramble

Tri-County Golf Club at the Vineyards is hosting the 1st Annual Joe Max Wilson Labor Day Weekend Golf Scramble on Saturday, September 3, 2016. Tee off is at 10:00 a.m. and entry fees are $15 for members and $30 for non-members. Non-members entry fee includes cost of green fee, entry fee, ½ cart, and entitles family access to all activities. The swimming pool will be open to members and players families in the scramble. There will be a horse show throwing contest, washer tournament, putting contest, and a sand pit with money in it for the kids. Free wraparounds and snow cones will be offered. Come out and join the fun and help a great...

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Continuance Granted in Capital Murder Trial

A motion for continuance has been granted in the case of The State of Texas vs. Lawson Lee Abram. Previously set for August 29th, the trial has been rescheduled for October 3, 2016. Defense Attorney, Steve Keathley, previously filed several motions and addressed each one during a special hearing held on Friday, July 29, 2016. Judge Patrick Simmons put the motion “on hold” until a status hearing held August 23rd where he revisited the issue and decided to grant the continuance. Abram, along with co-defendants Amber Hope Halford and O’Jarion McClenon, is charged with Capital Murder for his alleged involvement in an incident occurring in March of 2015 that resulted in the death of Teague resident, Douglas Carr Hurst. Amber Halford’s trial is scheduled for September 19, 2016; and O’Jarion (O.J.) McClenon’s trial is set for October 31,...

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