Monday, August 31, 2015
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found


VideoStill missing: Long hair Chihuahua, near 3rd and Hwy. 97, Floresville, she is very missed. If you see her please call Jeri, 409-781-3191.
Lost: Small black/white tortoise shell cat, 1-1/2 years old, Aug. 8, Country Hills area, La Vernia, friendly, "Cinnamon" but responds to "Kitty," rhinestone collar w/bell, shots, spayed. Reward! 210-725-8082.

VideoLost: Shih Tzu, male, golden brown, from C.R. 320 in Floresville. If you have any information call 210-452-1829 or 832-292-3305.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Dean Word Company needs construction laborers. Paid holidays, vacation, health insurance, 401K. Contact Miguel at 830-643-9291. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage females and minorities to apply.
Production line help needed at local bakery. Apply in person at 1371 F.M. 1346, La Vernia, TX 78121.
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
You’ve been granted free access to this subscribers only article.

Agriculture Today


Range specialist recommends conservation stocking rates


Range specialist recommends conservation stocking rates
A producer performs a prescribed burn in Jim Hogg County, southwest of Corpus Christi. Wildfire danger remains high throughout most of the state. Controlled burns such as this one, done when conditions are right, can prevent wildfires from raging out of control, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service rangeland specialist.


E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
April 5, 2011
3,941 views
Post a comment

As the drought-like conditions continued for much of Texas, so did the threat of wildfire, according the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Forest Service personnel.

The Forest Service warned that as of about midday March 22, there would be “extremely critical fire weather conditions ... west of Big Bend, San Angelo. and Wichita Falls, including major cities such as Lubbock, Childress, Abilene, Midland, Odessa, and Amarillo.”

The predictions were based on a combination of conditions, including higher-than-normal temperatures and winds, low relative humidity, and a plentitude of dry grass in pastures and rangeland.

The Forest Service reported it put fire-fighting equipment -- bulldozers, fire engines, and aircraft -- in place for the Tuesday [March 22] threat.

Meanwhile, much of the rest of the state remained dry, including South Texas.

“Coming into March, South Texas received less than 25 percent of the normal rainfall,” said Dr. Megan Dominguez, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Corpus Christi. “A lot of the farmers and ranchers are concerned, and there’s been some delay in crop planting.”

Dominguez said there were some scattered rains in early to mid-March, which greened up pastures and rangeland grasses, but for the most part, there has not been enough moisture to promote vigorous growth.

Despite the rain, the danger of wildfire remains high with numerous red-flag warnings, especially out west, she said, but some ranchers have been able to do controlled burns when wildfire danger was low.

“This has really helped to get rid of that high amount of weed and grass growth from last year,” Dominguez said. “I would encourage anyone to do the same -- if the weather conditions become right.”

Dominguez said there were signs the La Nina current, to which the drought conditions are attributed, is weakening. In the meantime, she recommended ranchers keep stocking rates conservative until they know what the weather is going to do. With cow prices as high as anyone can remember, trimming down herds shouldn’t be too economically painful, she noted.

“Getting rid of cattle this time of year when you’re concerned about precipitation is not a bad deal,” she said.

AgriLife Extension district reporters compiled the following summaries:

AgriLife Extension district reporters for the Southwest District, including Wilson, Gonzales, Guadalupe, and Bexar counties, reported the region remained dry, about 8 inches below the long-term average for moisture accumulation since Aug. 1. High, dry winds, along with afternoon temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s, further dried out soils. There was a conspicuous absence of spring flowers such as bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes, which normally begin to appear along roadsides in March. Reports of roadside fires were very high. Also, the frequency of wildlife being killed on highways was high as animals sought grazing in rights of way, usually at night. Farmers planted irrigated corn and sorghum, and both crops made good progress. However, dryland crops needed rain very soon to make any progress. Farmers gradually gained momentum planting irrigated cantaloupes, watermelons, green beans, sweet corn, and cotton. Most pastures and rangeland grasses remained dormant due to the dry spell. Forage availability was below average.

Compiled from Texas A&M University and Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports.
 

Your Opinions and Comments


Be the first to comment on this story!


You must be logged in to post a comment.




Not a subscriber?
Subscriber, but no password?
Forgot password?

Agriculture Today Archives


Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Beef Cattle Management seminar (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Cotton root rot and its symptoms (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Feral hogs, water workshop (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Get acquainted with 4-H event (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Harvey places in top 20 (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hay & Forage Report (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Mobile app for hunting regs (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Registration for cattle conference (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Survey deadline (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Turkey fed to improve Texas grasslands (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Wilson County 4-H Council, Booster meetings, Sept. 2 (August 26, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Anthrax confirmed in equine in Uvalde County (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Deer association: Environmental group deceives deer industry, wildlife community (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Don’t miss your shot! Apply for drawn hunts (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Feral hog management workshop is Sept. 4 (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hay & Forage Report (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Prospects bright for dove season (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Saving tomatoes from the Texas heat (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Siblings make rodeo memories (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Report (August 19, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Chagas disease in South Central Texas (August 12, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Eastern equine encephalitis cases reported in Texas (August 12, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hay & Forage Report (August 12, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Leaf-dropping is common (August 12, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (August 12, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. New, stronger El Niño may bring another wet winter (August 12, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Pieniazek elected president of ag education leadership (August 12, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. EPA ‘muddies’ Clean Water Act (August 5, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Hay & Forage Report (August 5, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. It’s a ‘banner’ summer for Payton! (August 5, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Lantanas losing luster; mosquitoes a bother (August 5, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Livestock Market Reports (August 5, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Meuths receive Bronze Merit Award (August 5, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. Shoot to benefit Don Newbury (August 5, 2015)
Full article available to Wilson County News subscribers only. Click here to subscribe. TDA Market Report (August 5, 2015)
August 2015 Gardening Calendar (August 1, 2015)
Coupons ag-right
Voncille Bielefeld homeHeavenly Touch homeAllstate & McBride RealtyTriple R DC ExpertsDrama Kidsauto chooser

  Copyright © 2007-2015 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.