OK Easter is behind us so hopefully there will not be any more frost to worry about. The mesquite trees have leaves on them and that usually means warmer weather. Most folks have already had to mow the grass/weeds at least two times this spring. Now is the time to lower the mowing height and really try to clean up the lawn if you haven’t already done so. By the time you have mowed the grass 2-3 times then start raising your mower height gradually.


Mowing height is determined by your species of grass and how often you want to mow. Your mowing frequency now should be determined by the 1/3 rule. Never remove more than 1/3 of your total grass height at one time. Doing so can stress your turfgrass especially once we get into the hot summer months. Scalped turfgrass can become sensitive to drought and heat stress and is more vulnerable to pests including weeds, disease, and insects. Grass will grow at variable rates depending on water, fertilization and temperature changes. Depending on the species you may need to mow at least once per week in order to follow the 1/3 rule.


The following is the recommended mowing height per turfgrass species:


Common Bermudagrass – 1-2 inches


Hybrid Bermudagrass - .5-2 inches


St. Augustine Grass – 2-4 inches


Zoysiagrass – 1-3 inches


Buffalograss – 2-4 inches


Taller grass may shade out weeds and will promote a healthier root system. There is a direct relationship between your shoots (leaves) and your roots. This is often referred to as the “Root-to-Shoot Ratio”. Deeper roots = reaching water and nutrients that are deeper in the soil.


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BEEF CATTLE MARKETING PROGRAM


The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding the West Region Cattle Marketing Update online April 20 from 10-11 a.m. The focus will be the impact of COVID-19 on the beef industry.


The event is free and will be held on the Zoom (https://agrilife.zoom.us/j/191418537) meeting platform. Participants may also join by phone at 346-248-7799, meeting ID 191 418 537.


David Anderson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension livestock economist, College Station, will discuss livestock and food product marketing.


“Cattle and calf prices are a real challenge now,” Anderson said. “The grocery store stampede has caused a lot of unexpected beef buying, driving up wholesale prices, but the market has plenty of cattle available.”


Anderson said the new coronavirus has slowed down meat processing, as workers have been out sick, and at least one smaller plant in the eastern U.S. has closed due to the large number of illnesses among its workforce.


“Calf prices are feeling the pressure of what the fed cattle market will be in August or October when they might finish,” he said. “Ranchers have some decisions to make, but they also may have the luxury of a little time to make them.”


Ken Jordan, owner of Jordan Cattle Auction, San Saba, will also be offering insight into the market. There will be a question and answer period at the conclusion of the meeting.


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UPCOMING AG/NATURAL RESOURCES ONLINE PROGRAMS


• COVID 19 - Sheep and Goat Market Update


Dr. Reid Redden


April 17, 2020


3:00 pm


Producer Link


Register in advance for this meeting:


https://agrilife.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArdOCvqj4qGuoVHccpqxwTVX_a4oUFpA


• West Region - Beef Cattle Marketing Program


Jamie Osbourn & Chase McPhaul


April 20, 2020


10:00am


Join Zoom Meeting


https://agrilife.zoom.us/j/191418537


• On the Line with AgriLife: Controlling Internal Parasites with Dr. Reid Redden


District 6 – Emily Grant, Cody Trimble, Jessica McCrory, Sami Lindsey, Matlin Sain, Tanner Hash, Dakota Kempken


April 21, 2020


8:30 am


Join Zoom Meeting


https://agrilife.zoom.us/j/195813396


• West Region Wheat Marketing Update: U.S. Market Outlook


Josh Blanek & Tommy Yeater


April 23, 2020


7:00am


Join Zoom Meeting


https://agrilife.zoom.us/j/830981812


• West Region Pecan Management Series


Tom Guthrie & R.D. Dolson


Cost $10.00 for series


Registration Link: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/Pecan


• West Region - Commercial Pecan Program – 1 CEU


April 23, 2020


10:00 am


Registration Required


• West Region – Homeowner Pecan Program – 1 CEU


April 30, 2020


10:00am


Registration Required


West Region – Virtual Wheat Production Tour – 2 CEUs


Travis Bell & Brad Easterling


Cost $10.00


May 7, 2020


11:00 am


Registration Required


Registration Link: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/Wheat