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Easy-to-Grow Fruits

Apples and peaches are the king and queen of fruits, but they are also among the most difficult to grow in Central Texas. It’s nearly impossible to produce an acceptable crop without regular pesticide applications; however, there are some…

Protecting Against Trespass

Thanks to the unusually high rainfall that much of Texas received earlier this year, it’s a good bet your stock tank is full of water. Is it also full of fish that might tempt someone to come try their luck while you’re diligently…

Round Top’s Native Texas Plants

by Calvin R. Finch, PhD Horticulturist and Director Texas A&M Water Conservation and Technology Center The Round Top area has a large palette of native Texas plants that prosper in its soil and weather conditions. Here is a list of…

Seven Theft Prevention Tips for Landowners

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s (TSCRA) 30 special rangers, stationed throughout Texas and Oklahoma, are busy handling cases involving millions of dollars of property. Special Ranger Hal Dumas based in Franklin,…

Xeriscape Roses

Roses are a favorite landscape plant. Most modern roses are hybrid tea roses offering a huge selection of varieties in every imaginable color. Hybrid tea roses generally make good cut flowers, but they require intensive care including…

Bobwhite Quail

One of my greatest childhood memories was visiting my aunt’s dairy in north Texas and listening to the distinctive call of the bobwhite quail. A small creek lined with trees separated two of the fields where she grazed the cattle on a…

Branding Livestock Best Means of I.D.

by Kristin Hawkins Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Fire branding livestock has been used since ancient times to prove ownership because it works, said Larry Gray, head of law enforcement for Texas and Southwestern…

Qualifying for Wildlife Management Tax Valuation

by Meredith Longoria Conservation Initiatives Specialist Texas Parks and Wildlife Department A landowner’s ability to manage property for wildlife habitat as an agricultural practice is unique to Texas. Under wildlife management tax…