O.D. Butler Field Day scheduled May 18 at Camp Cooley Ranch

COLLEGE STATION – The 26th annual O.D. Butler Field Day is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. May 18 at Camp Cooley Ranch, 4297 Camp Cooley Ranch Road, in Franklin.

 Registration is $30 and will be on site from 8-9 a.m. The fee includes lunch and materials. The program begins at 9 a.m.

 The field day is conducted by the Brazos Area Hay Producers Association and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Madison, Milam, Robertson and Washington counties.

The economics of restocking pastures for beef cattle production will be one of the featured topics at the 26th annual O.D. Butler Field Day May 18 at Camp Cooley Ranch. (Texas AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

“The field day event is designed to provide beef and forage producers throughout the Brazos Valley with current information relative to the production, management and selection of high-quality forage,” said Brandon Gregson, AgriLife Extension agent for Brazos County.

Three continuing education units will be awarded to licensed Texas Department of Agriculture private, commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators.

This year’s field day will feature several experts and presentations on re-establishing pasture forages and cost analysis, demonstrations on farm sprayers, walking tours identifying plants and grasses, and weed-control product updates and recommendations. Several area agribusinesses will have booths and there will also be door prizes.

The following is a schedule of topics and speakers:
- Farm Sprayer Maintenance, Dr. Mark Matocha, AgriLife Extension agriculture and environmental safety specialist.

- Weed Product Updates and Recommendations, Dr. Paul Baumann, AgriLife Extension state weed specialist.

- Utilizing Fertility to Reclaim Pastureland, Dr. Tony Provin, AgriLife Extension soil chemist.

- Alternate Grasses to Re-establish Pastureland, Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist.

- Plant Identification Walking Tour, Dr. Barron Rector, AgriLife Extension rangeland specialist.

- Economics of Restocking Pastures, Dr. Jason Johnson, AgriLife Extension economist.

- Visit sponsor booths and door prize drawings.

- Plant Identification and Walking Tour, Rector.

- Economics of Restocking Pastures, Johnson

- Evaulations and distribute continuing education unit certificates.

For more information about the field day, call 979-823-0129.

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