Author Archives: dr. megan clayton

When to Treat Mesquite?

May is HERE! It’s time to start making plans for any Honey Mesquite leaf-spray applications planned for this Summer.  Making the application during the right time is CRUCIAL for good control.  I’ll be updating this post regularly with information collected or shared from across South Texas, so be sure to check back in!  For step-by-step instructions on doing the leaf-spray method, check out Brush Buster’s: How to Beat Mesquite. What characteristics are we looking for to define the “perfect” spray time? Enough leaf material to take in the… Read More →

Plant ID #1: Willow Baccharis

Here’s our first trivia plant identification. Simply be the first to “comment” on this post with the correct common name and I will send you a pair of leather gloves! Thanks to Benny Martinez with Dow AgroSciences for donating the gloves and plant pictures. Read More →

Cost to Control Brush

A new Extension publication is available!  Check out Controlling Brush with Herbicides to Increase Ranch Profits at the Texas AgriLife Bookstore website or download a pdf version HERE.  This publication uses PESTMAN cost estimations, soil range productivity levels from NRCS Web Soil Survey, and the Financial and Risk Management (FARM) Assessment Model to determine the cost of treating brush using several different scenarios.

Range and Pasture Smartphone Apps!

Those of you who know me might smile when you see this post – given I’ve had a smartphone for one month!  However, when I first searched for phone applications, the top listed were mostly games (not that I’m anti-fun, but I don’t have any desire to “run” around a “temple”)…so began my search to figure out how to make my phone useful. **I’d like to put out a disclaimer: This list is not comprehensive and is not meant to promote certain companies.  I’d love for you to… Read More →

10 Things You Can Do This Winter

Check out this post for 10 things you can do while the weather is cooler and the plants are dormant… Read More →

New Woody Plants Publication

Common Woody Browse Plants Utilized by White-tailed Deer in South Texas Over the past few decades, the value of woody browse plants to white-tailed deer and other wildlife has become widely recognized by many landowners and managers in South Texas. Several field guides exist, but few describe the preference values for white-tailed deer. Daniel Kunz and Eric Garza, District 8 TPWD biologists, along with the help of Michael Wallace, assembled the booklet Common Woody Browse Plants Utilized by White-Tailed Deer in South Texas. The cover of this 11-page… Read More →

Turkey Pear for Christmas!

Tasajillo, or Turkey Pear as it is often called in South Texas, has added some new color to our drought-ridden landscape in the last few weeks.  It’s bright red fruits are enjoyed by many wildlife species, including our native Rio Grande Wild Turkeys. Tasajillo is in the cactus family and rarely grows more than 5′ tall.  An interesting fact about this cacti is that it has very small leaves, appearing at each cluster of spines when new segments emerge (see picture below). You’ll be more likely to find… Read More →

Weed Growth After Drought – What’s Hitchhiking In Your Hay?

Story by: Kay Ledbetter Contacts: Dr. Barron Rector, b-rector@tamu.edu “A weed is simply a plant growing out of place or growing in a site where it is not desired.” Those are the thoughts of Dr. Barron Rector, Texas AgriLife Extension Service range specialist. And he said following this year’s drought, wildfires and tons of imported hay, there may be a lot more weeds for landowners to deal with, and some could be invasive species or even toxic. Rector recently presented a webinar, “Invasive Plants of Texas Rangelands,” as… Read More →