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“Agriculture News: Dry weather conditions present problems for Matagorda County winter pastures ” By James E. Engbrock County Extension Agent Emeritus Matagorda County

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    Agricultural Situation
   Dry weather continues throughout Matagorda County. 
   Most of the county could use a good general rain. 
   Winter pastures and clovers are in dire need of moisture. We have very good clovers in many pastures throughout Matagorda County for our livestock operations. 
   Growth is dependent on moisture. 
   Rye grass and other winter pastures are also in need of moisture. 
   Crop land throughout the county has been prepared and is in need of a good general rain. 
   Some winter fertilizer is being applied. In most cases a good general rain would benefit all agriculture. 
       Cotton demonstrations
   Last week Dr. Gaylon Morgan staff assisted in taking soil samples in 11 cotton demonstrations throughout the county. 
   We were not able to get to all farms because of time constraints. Soil samples were taken at 2 ft. depth. 
   The soil will be analyzed at the 0-6 in depth, 6-12 in depth, and 1-2 ft. depth. 
   These readings will provide Morgan and farmers with details for applying nutrients for the 2018 crop. We certainly appreciate the cooperation of the result demonstrators in this project. 
   We will keep you posted on the soil analysis of these demonstrations. 
                Brown Patch
   The brown patch disease continues to create severe problems in many lawns throughout the area. 
   If we can get and maintain cooler temperatures, this disease will be minimized. There is no way to eliminate the disease organism. 
   It will lay dormant in a soil for many years, even with no susceptible plants. The disease has a way of taking care of itself. 
   As you know, this organism not only attacks lawns, but also attacks rice and soybeans.   
             Thanksgiving
   With thanksgiving this week, I would like to wish each of you a very happy thanksgiving. I am very thankful for my family. 
   I would also like to thank the Matagorda County Commissioners court, and farmers and ranchers that gave me the opportunity to work with you. 
   All of you have been very helpful to me as we try to continue to develop educational programs. 
   I would also like to thank Ashley Kubena for her assistance in doing all of the necessary work to provide you information. 

 

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