Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Safe Sitter Workshop

Love kids? Need extra money for the summer? Babysitting might be the job for you! Join us for a Safe Sitter workshop on March 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bridgeport Community Center (1102 Lawdwin Ave / behind Auto Zone).

            Safe Sitter is a medically accurate program that teaches boys and girls ages 11 to 18 how to handle emergencies when caring for children. The class teaches safe and nutrition child care techniques, behavior management skills and appropriate responses to medical emergencies. This course sums up what every adolescent working with children needs to know in a fun, hands-on way!

            The cost of the program is $50 which will cover workbook and lunch. To register for Safe Sitter, call the Texas A&M AgriLife Wise County Extension office at 940-627-3341.

Monday, February 24, 2014


Exercise is something most of us love to hate. But there is good news...walking is one of the safest and easiest ways to get the required amount of physical activity we need each week. Let's review the benefits of walking when someone has type 2 diabetes.
Research shows sustained, regular exercise, like walking, reduces the risk of several life-threatening diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and probably certain cancers. For people with diabetes, it improves the way insulin works and gives you improved blood glucose readings!
 It is important to take precautions by checking your blood glucose (sugar) before and after workouts. Foot care is important as well. Check your feet before and after workouts for blisters, breaks in the skin, redness or swelling.
To achieve these health benefits, you need to accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most, if not all days of the week. This goal can be accomplished with a single brisk 30-minute walk, several shorter walks that add up to 30 minutes, or with a short walk combined with other physical pursuits, such as yard work, or energetic housework.
The faster you swing your arms as you walk, the faster you'll be able to walk, since your arms and legs move in sync. To swing your arms faster, bend your elbows at a 90-degree angle rather than letting your arms hang down at your sides, and don't let your hands swing higher than chest level. When walking, push off with the balls of your feet, and take quicker strides, not longer ones, since extending your normal stride can cause low-back pain. Your body will automatically choose the right stride length that works best for you.  Remember, keep your head up, shoulders back, and chest out to maintain a comfortable upright posture.
 If you are concerned about pushing yourself too hard during the work-out, take notice of what your body is telling you. You're probably over-exercising if walking feels like drudgery; you have signs of low blood sugar, muscle cramps, leg pain, breathlessness or extreme fatigue.  It's best to walk with someone else, just in case you need extra encouragement or a reminder to check your blood sugar while exercising.
If you would like to get started soon with a walking program, call the Wise County Extension office at 940/627-3341 and ask about Walk Across Texas. This is a free, fun, group physical activity program. All you need is a group of 8 friends, family members, or co-workers who want to keep track of the amount they walk for 8 weeks. You can encourage one another to keep going and see if your team can reach your destination first before other groups participating too. Walk Across Texas starts March 3 and continues through April 27.
Remember, before starting any exercise program, even walking – check with your doctor!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Walk across Texas time again.

 It is that time of the year again to dust off your walking shoes and get going!                       

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ft. Worth Stock Show Results for Wise County

The Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo has came and went! Wise County 4-H’ers exhibited steers, heifers, longhorns, meat goats, dairy goats, rabbits, and pigs. Each participant did a great job with showmanship and represented Wise County well!

Dairy Goat Judging Contest
19th place Clint Demmitt individual
Team #1 Shelby Simmons, Amber Orr, Rosie Stephens, Jordan Mollenhour
Team #2 Hannah Buckner, Emily Egle, Clayton Egle, Christian Cross
Team #3 Michaela Martin, Haylee Barksdale, Kooper Martin, Clint Demmitt

Dairy Goats
Emily Egle- Reserve Champion in Creative Costume, 7th place market wether
Riley Penny - 3rd place La Mancha wether
Dalton Penny - 5th place Nigerian wether
Clint Demmitt – 4th, 8th place LaMancha Junior Doe, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 8th place Nubian Junior Doe, 8th place dairy wether
Christian Cross – 5th, 13th place wether, 25th place Nubian doe, Costume Contest 6th place
Ryan Howell – Reserve Champion Dairy wether
Kooper Martin – Reserve Champion Junior Nubian doe, Champion Junior Nubian Doe, 5th place Recorded Grade Junior doe
Michaela Martin – 1st place Recorded Grade Junior doe
Madison Mollenhour – 4th place Dairy wether
Maegan Crosswhite – 5th place Dairy wether
Taylor Martin – 1st place Dairy wether
Shelby Simmons – 2nd place Dairy wether
Mason Simmons – 4th place Dairy wether
Rachae Fowler – 2nd place, 3rd place Dairy wether
Haylee Barksdale – 5th place Dairy wether
Grant Barksdale - participant

Breeding Boer Goats
Clint Demmitt – 1st, 2nd in doe class 

Sydney Tucker - 2nd place heifer
Kalli Winters – 1st place steer
Heather McDuff – 1st place steer
Mackinlie Tucker – 4th place steer
Brodie Allsbrooks - participant
Aubrey McDuff - participant

Open Heifer Show
Lauren Stowers – Reserve Champion Limousin heifer
Tyler Noble – 3rd place Braunvieh heifer, 5th place Maine Anjou heifer
Amber Orr – Division Champion Maine Anjou
Jaxon Yates – 2nd place Braunvieh heifer

Junior Heifer Show
Lauren Stowers – Reserve Champion Limousin heifer
Keith Orr - 2nd place Black Angus heifer
Remi Swensson – 9th place Shorthorn heifer
Ross Smith – 10th place Santa Gertrudis heifer

Poultry Show
Bryson Crunk – Large Fowl Champion English Black Orpington Cockerel, Best of Variety English Black Orpington Pullet, 2nd place English Black Orpington Pullet, 2nd place Asian Black Cochin Cockerel, 2nd place Asian Black Cochin Pullet
 Braxton Crunk - Reserve Variety Dominique Cockerel, Reserve American Breed Champion Dominique Pullet, 2nd place Dominique Pullet, 1st place Asian Blue Cochin Cockerel, Reserve Variety Asian Blue Cochin Pullet

Breeding Gilts
Cody Holaway - Grand Champion Chester Gilt
Zane Hickey – 6th place Chester White

Junior Market Wether Goat
Brandon Nelson - Participant

Junior Market Barrows
Carson Read – Reserve Champion Black/Other Purebred barrow
Lauryn Luttrull – Cross participant
Alexis Hofer – White/Other Purebred barrow participant

Junior Market Steers
Seth Byers – Reserve Champion American Steer
Lacey Erwin – European Cross Middle Weight participant
Kaylyn Shallene – Crossbred Exotic participant
Sheridan Shallene – Crossbred Exotic participant
Leah Guinn - Crossbred Exotic participant
Katie Claborn – Polled Hereford Light Weight participant
Carson Read – 13th place Light Weight Shorthorn
Michael Williams – American Cross Light Weight participant
Chase Blount – European Cross Medium Weight participant
Thomas Lynch – Polled Hereford participant
Bryson Morrow – European Cross Heavy Weight participant

Kendra Crable – Best of Variety Mini Rex tort junior doe, Best of Variety Mini Rex white senior doe, Best Opposite Variety Mini Rex senior black doe, 4th place Mini Rex black buck, 5th, 6th & 8th place Mini Rex broken senior does, 2nd place Mini Rex Broken junior buck, 2nd place Mini Rex tort senior doe, 1st place Mini Rex tort junior buck
Jesse & Dalton Outlaw - Best Opposite of Breed Flemish Giant, Best of Fur Flemish Giant, 1st intermediate doe blue Flemish Giant, 1st intermediate buck blue Flemish Giant, 1st senior doe fawn Flemish Giant, 1st senior buck  fawn Flemish Giant, 1st intermediate doe sandy Flemish Giant, 1st intermediate buck sandy Flemish Giant, 1st junior doe fawn Flemish Giant, 1st senior doe fawn Flemish Giant
Lauryn Luttrull – Best of Fur Florida White, 4th place Florida White doe, participant Florida White buck, participant Havana buck, participant Havana doe

Rylee Maggret – 5th place AQHA youth working cow horse, 3rd place AQHA youth reining

Kreece Dearing served as the Official Stock Show Woolfighter that performs in the rodeos during the Ranch Rodeos, Cowboys of Color Rodeo and PRCA Bulls Night Out.  Laramie Dearing volunteered as a Welcome Ambassador to guest and helped with child care in the Rodeo Contestant Hospitality room. 

Now is the Time to Apply Pre-Emergent

If you are interested in controlling annual bluegrass, rescuegrass, henbit, and chickweed (winter annual weeds) in your lawn this winter, apply pre-emergent herbicide in early Sep.  If you are interested in controlling sandbur, goosegrass, and crabgrass (summer annual weeds), apply pre-emergent herbicide in early February.  

If you would like more information on pre-emergent herbicides you can contact the County Extension Office.  Apply these products like a fertilizer according to the directions using a rotary spreader.  Uniform coverage (apply in 2 perpendicular directions) is very important to prevent weed escapes.  Some of these products will stain concrete, so make sure you blow it off your driveway when you are finished.  It may also stain on your pants' leg and spreader.  The product needs to be watered in with a 1/2 inch of water (run the irrigation until several tuna cans laid out randomly in the lawn are half-full).

The product will control winter annual weeds when applied in September and summer annual weeds like field sandbur when applied in February before the weed seeds germinate.  It will not control perennial weeds like dandelion that come back from vegetative structures.  The costs for these products will be around $26.00 per 12,000 ft.

Be careful putting herbicides on St. Augustinegrass.  The fewer herbicides placed on St. Augustinegrass the better.  Even if St. Augustinegrass is on the label, it may still be stunted for a month or more.  Fall pre-emergent herbicide applications for winter annual weed control (henbit, chickweed, annual bluegrass) are safer on St. Augustinegrass than spring applications, but they control different weed spectrums.  One can use the rest of the bag the next season.  The active ingredient can stunt root growth. 

Do not apply the product anywhere you plan to plant seeds like vegetables or flowers or have wild flowers.   You may need to apply again in July, but hopefully, a dense, aggressive turf will prevent sunlight from reaching the soil and stimulating summer annual weed seeds to germinate and a second application will not be necessary.

It is too early for nitrogen fertilizers, so do not apply a pre-emergent herbicide on a nitrogen fertilizer carrier.  A good winterizer is high in potassium and iron with little nitrogen (5-0-31).  Apply the nitrogen once a month starting in April; May would be better if you can be patient.  You may just be fertilizing winter annual weeds.  The more nitrogen fertilizer one adds, the more often one should mow.  If one cannot mow more often than once a week, then use nitrogen fertilizer more sparingly.  Always maximize the amount of slow release nitrogen and iron in the fertilizers for lawns.  More is not better.

The most effective change in management most home owners can make is to raise the height of their mower to the highest setting and mow regularly (only cut 1/3 of the blade off) (stop wheelie mowing).  Turf mowed regularly at a high setting will have longer roots and a closed canopy which will shade the soil, save water, and not stimulate weed seeds to germinate.

For more information please call the Wise County Extension office at 940-627-3341

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

16th Annual Wise County Walk Across Texas

Through a modest increase in daily activity, most Americans can improve their health.  WALK ACROSS TEXAS is a program that persuades and motivates people of all ages to make the most important get started.  It is a fun and flexible way to exercise.  The program is simple, free and safe.  All you need is a team of eight people to get moving, with one person being designated as the “team captain.”  The team who walks farthest “across Texas” will win, but everyone who participates will take home a healthy habit - walking for fitness.
            Team members report their daily mileage to the team captain, and the team captain reports the individual and team total miles on the following web address:  or  to the Extension office at the end of each week by: telephone (940.627.3341), fax (940.627.8070) or e-mail
            Teams are not required to walk or ride together, although they may if they desire.  Teams simply pool their mileage each week to work toward “walking across Texas”.   Members may walk, jog, ride a bike, skateboard, roller blade, tread mill, swim, spin and/or run.  A large Texas map showing the progress of teams will be in Texas AgriLife Extension, Wise County office, and at other various locations.
            So dust off your walking shoes and prepare to join us in this 8 week journey beginning on March 3, and continuing through April 30.    
            Walk Across Texas is sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. We are looking for captains and team members.  Please encourage organizations in which you are involved to participate in this endeavor.
            Remember prevention works! Individuals can save a lot of pain, worry and money by avoiding health problems. I encourage you to join the Walk Across Texas Program today.
            Call or come by Texas AgriLife  Extension Service, Wise County office, located at 206 South State, in Decatur or call 940-627-3341 to pick up your Walk Across Texas Team Captain Packet.