Farm & Ranch

Food safety tips: Clean grate is a great start to good grilling

By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun— CHILDRESS – Cleaning grill grates, keeping a clean workspace and properly storing and preparing meats are all important to maintaining food quality and avoiding foodborne illness, said Dawn Dockte, Childress County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family and Community Health Agent in a press release. Cleaning the grill grate is…

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Gardening tips: tilling

By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun— CHILDRESS – For those starting a new garden, tilling is important. Depending on the size of the garden, most individuals like to use a rototiller to make it an easier process, said Lott True Value Home Center owner John Lott. Once a gardener determines the desired size of the…

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Plant pumpkins now for fall decorations and recipes

By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River— SunCHILDRESS – Even though pumpkin season is several months away, now is the time to plant them. “It’s time to plant pumpkins and gourds for Halloween and Thanksgiving,” said Childress County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Family and Community Health Agent Dawn Dockter, who has some tips and basic requirements for…

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Tips to control mosquitos

By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun— CHILDRESS – Mosquitos are more than just a buzzing nuisance; they’re responsible for the transmission of numerous viruses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no data to suggest this new coronavirus or other similar coronaviruses are spread by mosquitoes or ticks. While this is…

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Farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners use conservation to protect pollinator habitat, boost crop production

Special to The Sun— CHILDRESS – The next time someone snacks on almonds, adds blueberries to a smoothie or eats pumpkin pie, thank a pollinator and thank farmers, ranchers and private forestland owners who work hard to create and maintain their habitat. Pollinators, such as honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, birds, bats, flies and many others, play…

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Vest Ranches named BIF Commercial Producer of the Year

Special to The Sun/Courtesy of the Beef Improvement Federation— CHILDRESS – The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Vest Ranches the BIF Commercial Producer of the Year Award June 9 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium online. This national award is presented annually to a producer to recognize their dedication to improving the beef industry…

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Memphis Pet Vaccination Clinic set for June 20

By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun— CHILDRESS – Dr. Connie Lindley, owner of Critter Care Vet Clinic in Childress, will host the Memphis Pet Vaccination Clinic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20 at the Memphis Fire Station, located at 721 W. Robertson St. “We need to get animals vaccinated for rabies,”…

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