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The Not So Great Cowboy Strike of 1883 - CountryWorld
(Oct. 2) — We don’t normally think of cowboys going on strike as a protest against unfair labor practices and big corporations because cowboys are usually too busy being iconic for such diversions and because, as we all know, a cowboy’s work is never ...
State Fair of Texxas show's off 1,200-lb. boar - CountryWorld
Oct. 21, 2004 - While there was plenty of unique sights, sounds, and tastes at this year's State Fair of Texas, it was the big pig housed at the swine barn that earned the most exclamations of "Wow!" Weighing nearly 1,200 pounds, and standing over four ...
Bettie Brown and the Haunting of Ashton Villa - CountryWorld
(June 19, 2014) — The Ashton Villa mansion in Galveston has been called “the most haunted place in America” more than once. As columnist L.B. Boyd used to say, “Interesting, if true.” The house was built by James Brown — the hardest working man ...
Increasing number of equine deaths from mosquito-borne West Nile Virus in Texas blamed on failure to vaccinate - CountryWorld
(July 17, 2014) — The good news for most living creatures on the planet is that the West Nile Virus doesn’t affect them. The bad news is reserved for birds, humans and horses, all of which are affected by and can die from the disease. West Nile Virus ...
Consumers still buy beef as cost rises, but that could change at a future price point - CountryWorld
(June 12, 2014) — Even with drought and uncertainty still casting an ominous shadow on all things having to do with raising cattle in Texas today, it’s not a terrible time to be a cattle producer here. Beef prices are at all-time highs, but consumers ...
Simple Samples: Rick Haney’s soil test was so simple academicians rejected it out of hand, but he’s proved them wrong - CountryWorld
(March 27, 2014) — There was a time when soil scientist Rick Haney’s new method of soil testing was considered too simple to actually work. The first academic paper he wrote on the subject, in fact, was rejected for just that reason — it was too simple.
Guardian Angels: Strong fences and guard animals are a good defense against predators, but are they enough? - CountryWorld
(March 13, 2014) — At home on the range, where the deer and antelope play, are sure to be found predators, but they aren’t playing around. That’s true in the pasture too, especially in sheep and goat country where predation is a fact of life for ...
State still facing possibility of multiple decades of drought susceptibility over long haul - CountryWorld
(March 13, 2014) — Conventional thinking holds that a wet winter usually translated into a cooler than normal summer and a dry winter indicates the following summer will be a hot one. By that measure, most of the state can start getting ready now for a ...
The Story of Weeds: Unwanted plants tell a tale about success of land management efforts - CountryWorld
(Feb. 20, 2014) — It’s not easy being a weed. Cast out from polite plant society, attacked by everything from hoes to airplanes and with entire billion dollar industries existing only to kill them, weeds are the most underappreciated — or hated ...
Coming to Grips with Grapes: State’s growers called some of the ‘bravest, most intrepid and most tortured farmers on the planet’ - CountryWorld
(Jan. 16, 2014) — The Texas wine industry perseveres through droughts, floods, heat waves and freezes, through diseases, pests and downturns in the economy. But despite the odds, wine is becoming an increasingly important part of the state’s ...
Aflatoxin outbreak of 2010 has calmed, but fungus still a threat to corn producers - CountryWorld
Corn farmers know more about aflatoxin now than ever, but many of the lessons have been learned the hard way. The aflatoxin storm of 2010 has calmed, and corn producers are now able to take a step back and look at the lessons of the past several years.
A Plague of Locusts: Grasshoppers are back again, but at least they’re not as voracious as in Dust Bowl days - CountryWorld
The bad news on the grasshopper front this year is that hordes of the voracious insects are back for another summer over much of the state. The good news is that they won’t be as bad as they were in the 1930s. Recent crop reports from Texas AgriLife ...
Keyhole gardening offers alternative - CountryWorld
Aug. 9, 2012 - Last year, during the worst single-year drought and heat wave in Texas history, several gardens in Bosque County flourished. The gardens were small, about six feet in diameter, but wildly productive. They were keyhole gardens and they were ...
Carp are popular option for pond weed control - CountryWorld
July 12, 2012 - Unwanted vegetation is a reoccurring problem for pond owners, especially in the heat of the summer. Luckily, there are non-chemical options to lighten the vegetation load. Grass carp have become one popular option, according to the Southern ...
Peach Pros: Peach growers see improvement - CountryWorld
June 28, 2012 - What a difference a year -- or two -- makes. Two years ago, the Texas Hill Country had one of its best crops of peaches ever. Last year was one of the worst. This year is shaping up to be another very good year. Jamey Vogel's family has ...