The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas on December 4, 1988 · Page 22
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December 4, 1988

The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas · Page 22

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fiaill. Local and area Christmas tree grbwers have some 5,000 Christmas trees available this Christmas season fd?;you to choose and cut your selected tree. High quality Virginia arid Eldarica pine trees will be available for your selection beginning right now ranging from 4 to 15 foot tall and $2.75 to $5 per foot. Some will even let you tag a tree, pay down and get it later. Those having trees are: Harvey and Betty Vogel — 372-4335. They have the Eldarica pine' trees and are located east of Sequin on HWY. 90-A behind the Auxiliary Airport. Watch for the sign on south side of Highway 90-A a*nd follow signs. Russell Seller — 379-3468. Russell has Virginia pines located South of Seguin. Take 123 South to Mesquite Junction and take a right and follow signs. Prank Rhew — 303-6022. Located near Floresville. Call for an appointment. Frank has Virginia Pine frees. Marshall Frazier 540-4881. Marshall has Virginia pine trees and is located North of IH 10 on HWY 304 between Delhi and ffl 10 in Caldwell County. Follow signs located on HWY 304. Holly Bustamante. Located 3'/4 miles out of Nixon on FM Road 681. Holly has Virginia pine trees. Check hay quality Hay feeding time is approaching and it's important to know the quality of hay for a sound feeding program i Different Rinds of livestock have different nutritional requirements, and that's where hay quality enters the picture. For example, cows with young calves have higher nutritional requirements than dry cows, so it's all the more important to have a knowledge of the quality of hay being fed. A forage test is the best way to determine the best quality of hay and what supplements, if any, will be needed to meet nutritional requirements of livestock consuming that hay. Producers can mail forage samples to the Extension Service's Forage Testing Laboratory at Texas A&M and get results within a week. Forage tests include protein, fiber and mineral analysis, with bases on the number of specific tests requested. A few dollars invested in forage tests can mean savings in several ways. First it can be the savings in amounts of supplements fed each day and the cost of those supplements. But the greatest savings could be in livestock, weights. For example, livestock consuming low quality hay could lose weight and value during the winter months. Information Sheets and guidelines for collecting forage samples and interpreting analysis are available at the county extension office, so take a few minutes now to collect a hay sample and get it tested. It could make a big difference in your livestock feeding program this winter. Asian pears John A. Lipe, extension horticul- Be careful about damaging your trees Homeowners spend a lot of time and money planting and maintaining trees around their homes. Most people like the look trees give to the landscape. Yet, people unknowingly cjause injury to trees during building and road construction, with impro- perpruning, or various ways. * "frees are easily disturbed by changes in their surrounding. A major cause of injury is,construction ojf; buildings or roads. Trees are often injured by earth moving equipment and by changes in ground level. Roots can be injured when heavy equipment passes over them. Cutting out dithes along highways or around buildings can also injure trees. Root injury—not trunk injury—during construction is most likely to kill trees. Symptoms of the injury may not be immediately visible. Sometimes several years of decline occur between injury and death. The addition of asphalt, concrete, bricks, or more than a few inches of soil around trees will change the amount of water and oxygen available to their roots. Covering up the ground above the roots makes it difficult for trees to breath, which can result in death to the tree within three to five years. Constructing a small well around the trunk of an established tree may not always protect it. A young tree planted in a large well can adapt to living in a well and will usually grow to maturity. When young trees are to be planted within large paved areas, they should be planted in large wells that have been carefully planned and constructed. Trees should not be Gary Rainwater SCS TECHNICIAN planted until all construction has been completed. You can prevent damage to trees near construction sites by fencing off these areas from earthmoving equipment. If possible, avoid adding too much soil or impervious materials within the drip line of a tree. Soil compacting can also injure trees. It is caused by people, pets, bicycles, and cars in heavily used areas such as parks and land around public buildings. Injured, exposed tree roots are hazardous to trees and to people. Compacted soil cuts off water and oxygen to tree roots. Dying leaves on mature trees and dying branches on yound trees may indicate compacting injury. These areas may need to be fenced off, or traffic diverted away from these areas. Lawnmowers and other lawn and garden equipment can severely injure tree trunks, branches and roots. Care should be taken to avouid running into your trees with lawn and garden equipment. To prevent accidentally injuring young trees with lawn mowers, grass should be kept away from the tree trunks. Keep the grass pulled, or remove the sod, but don't use chemicals to kill the grass. Fertilizers and pesticides can 4-H'er to nationals ... David Winkelmann, son of Ver- qpn and Jennifer Winkelmann and Ipng-time member of the Guadalupe Bounty 4-H Shooting Sports 4-H Club, will attend the National 4-H Congress Dec. 4-9 in Chicago. \ Winkelmann earned the expense- paid trip by winning the Shooting Sports category of State 4-H Record Book Judging held during August. ,The Tarleton State University freshman will be a part of the 56 member Texas delegation of 4-H members who earned the trip by excelling in a 4-H project and submitting Record Books. •^During the week-long congress, 4-H members will attend honor ban- qUets, career workshops and have tl)e opportunity to tour the business apd commerce districts of Chicago. ^National 4-H Congress is held Cfich year in Chicago. 4-H members may attend congress only one time during their 4-H career and must , ejjirn the trip through outstanding achievement and accomplishments in 4-H. Youth Show deadline • Guadalupe County 4-H members Wishing to show projects in the 1&89 Guadalupe County Youth Livestock and Homemakers Show are reminded that all entries and eniry fees are due to the County 1988 Texas 4-H Trap and Skeet Postal League. Senior team members include Randy Schieberle and Michelle Shodrok, with the junior team consisting of Gretchen Grein, Scott Wieters, Kim Schneider, Jason Mathis and Tim Schneider. The sub-junior team members are Karl Harborth, Tyson Grein, Stacie Extension Office by Friday, Dec. 9. Each entry in the show is $5. Entry cards are available through most 4-H club leaders and at the County Extension^ Office. State Postal League Thirteen Guadalupe County 4-H Shooting Sports club members were named to the All District and All Trap and Skeet Teams during the Schieberle, Frank Schmidt, Kenny Winkelmann and Mike Mithcell, Team members were selected based on shooting scores during June, July and August. Winners iGuadalupe County Hay Products wpn two first place trophies at the Cen-Tex Hay Show that was held recently at the Rockne V F W Hall in Bastrop County. ; Winning first place in the winter annuals class was Betty Brice with he.r oat hay. Winning first place in the sitmmer annuals class was Leroy Sehmoekel with his hybird Sudan haj. ; Another winner in the winter annuals was Hilmar Cowey who won a blue ribbon. Red ribbons in the winter annuals were won by Tom Wehe and Dennis Zwicke. Winners in the summer annuals class with blue ribbons were Tom Wehe, Kathryn Sehmoekel, Albert Sehmoekel, Nolan Schwarzlose, Larry Schwarzlose and Arno Neumann. Red ribbon winners in the summer annuals class were David Willman, Dennis Zwicke, Karl Randow and Daniel Harborth, Blue ribbon winners in the coastal Bermuda grass class were Dennis Weir, Lucky D. Stables, Jewell Clift, EM. Rumpf, Jr., Wesley Rwmpf, Daniel G, Harborth, Kermit Har- borUX Dennis Zwicke, Gary Ronshausen, Arno Neumann and Hilmar Cowey. Red ribbon winners were Ernest Hartman, Jr, and U.S.A. Hay. either help or harm your trees. It depends on how and where they are used. This is one occasion where the old philosophy that "if a little is good, a lot is better", can cause serious damage. Even properly applied herbicides can injure other plants by drifting through! the air. Avoid exessive use of commercial fetilizer—herbicide mixtures near trees. Toxic amounts of herbicides may be absorbed by tree roots. Recently transplanted trees are especially susceptible to herbicide injury. Be careful in your choice of lawn and garden chemicals, and use them only in the precise manner recommended on the label. Wounds commonly occur on the trunk and exposed roots. These wounds may be caused by people or by nature. Improperly treated wounds are often followed by decay. Wounds should be treated by removing dead and torn bark tissues and by shaping the wound into a vertical oval. This helps the tree to quickly heal its wounds. Contrary to popular belief, it is best not to dress the wound. • Prevention is the best solution to tree disease. You can prevent tree injury and disease by awareness, concern and positive action. turist, Texas Agricultural Extension Seftle&^t&xas; A&M University System tells me the Asian pear has been on trial in Texas for several years now and the potential, especially lit Cenfralj west and North Texas, looks good. If you don't know;what an Asian pear is, look in the freSh produce section of the larger supermarkets. Plenty of them now sell Asian pears — usually $2 to$3/lb... ' , These pears are considerably different from the old, hard, homegrown varieties like Keiffer and Orient or the better pears, like Bartlett and D'Anjou, that commonly reach cur markets. Asian pears have a distinct but pear-like taste and they have a crisp texture, much like a good apple. Many Asian pear varieties also have a apple-like shape and this combination of taste, texture and shape causes many people to refer to them as "apple-pears." They are also sometimes called salad pears or sand pears. The biggest question mark over the adaptation of Asian pears in Texas has been fireblight. Fireblight is a common bacterial disease that attacks pears and apples and can kill blooms, young tender shoots and sometimes major limbs and whole trees. Pears like Bartlett and D'Anjou are highly susceptible and usually have major problems in all parts of Texas except the far West and the Panhandle. Asian pears are reported to have fair to good tolerance to fireblight, depending on the variety, and so far that has been good enough to bring them through without major prob- in all but the more humid parts of 'Bast and Southeast Texas, The southern limit of their adaptation isn't clearly defined. Japanese varieties may have problems with insufficient winter chill if planted south of a line extending roughly from Laredo to Corpus Christ) whereas Chinese varieties such as Tsu Li have only a 300 hour winter chill requirement and are the best bets to succeed further South. The high prices seen in the supermarkets and the apparent adaptation in parts of Texas make Asian pears a viable prospect as a new orchard crop here. We have only scratched the surface in Texas tests and would be ill advised to jump in with both feet, but larger scale testing is certainly warranted, Asian pears tried in Texas ripen in July and August, earlier than most traditional varieties. Based on peel color, shape and origin, they can be characterized into four family distinct types. Three of these types originated in Japan while the other comes from China. Japanese Types — Round (apple- shaped): 1. Clear-skinned yellows — Best consumer acceptance because of color. 2. Brown or Yellowish-Brown Russet. 3. Orange RussetL Chinese Type — clear-skinned greenish-yellow, pyriform pear shape: Lower chilling and earlier blooming than the Japanese types. \ SASAhasc for multiple No matter what you're looking for in a checking account, SASA has one tailored to your personality, From ranchers to receptionists, businessmen to grandmothers. All earn an attractive interest rate. And all can be accessed with your free SASA BANKING CARD at over 110 SASA AUTOMATED BANKING CENTERS and at thousands of Pulse locations. Golden Eagle Checking Account This checking account will keep you flying high. With free personalized checks.Travel discounts. Accidental death insurance. And more. 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