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As an Agriculture Extension Agent for Texas AgriLife Extension Service I have had an opportunity to be involved in just about every aspect of agriculture. From the 5,000 cow dairy to the types of trees to use in a home landscape I have had a chance to learn how the different parts of an agriculture systems work together. Seedless watermelons, drip irrigation, pecan orchard management, fruit crop development, dairy nutrient management, environmental issues confronting agriculture, producer tours, field days, research projects and more have been a part of my life for over 30 years as I lived and breathed agriculture. Since 2004 I have been actively involved in consulting internationally working in Honduras, Guatemala, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, India, and China. I have worked with missionaries and other groups dedicated to alleviating poverty among third world farmers. I lived in the Middle East in 2007-2008 working on a project for the Borlaug Institute of International Agriculture at Texas A&M University. In this project I was the Chief of Party and Team Leader for a $5.7 Million dollar effort to train Iraqi Extension agents and specialists in all aspects of agriculture.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bacterial Leaf Spot of Tomato

Greasy Spot Fungus on Meyers Lemon

Greasy spot fungus can wreak havoc on citrus trees if not controlled. The fungus is shown on both sides of the leaf. Prevention is easy. Remove all fallen leaves which are the source of more fungus and do not get water on the leaves if possible. Treatment if necessary is with a copper based fungicide.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Mushrooms on Mulch

A dry spell followed by good rain will always result in lots of
different mushrooms or fungus on wood mulches. Even old roots
underground will prove a great breeding ground for mushrooms.
Mushroms can even grow underground and be quite large.