Focus will be on managing ponds during drought
March 5, 2012
CORSICANA – Is it possible to have a drought-tolerant pond? Yes, it can be done with proper preparation, said Logan Lair, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Navarro County.
AgriLife Extension will hold a farm pond management program from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. March 28 at the Navarro County Expo Center, 4021 W. State Highway 22, Corsicana. Presentations will focus on water quality and quantity during times of drought.
“This past spring and summer was an experience no one wants to go through again,” Lair said. “One of the many problems from the extreme drought was dried-up farm ponds.”
No one can see into the future, he said, but it’s best to “plan for the worst and hope for the best.” With this philosophy in mind, participants will learn how to prepare ponds of any size for another round of hot and dry weather.
Topics will include basic pond ecology, water quality, pond fertilization techniques, management options to minimize bacterial contaminants, aquatic-weed identification and control, and overall management for a more drought-tolerant pond.
“Participants will also hear about the work being done with the Trinity Waters project and resources available to the local landowners,” Lair said.
Those holding Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator licenses will be eligible for three continuing education units, two general and one in the integrated pest management category.
Registration for the program is $20, which includes lunch, refreshments and educational materials. Preregistration by March 20 is required.
To register or for more information, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Navarro County at 903-654-3075.