Varied plate of topics on the menu for Dec. 7 High Plains Ag Conference

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu
Contact: Robert Scott, 806-775-1680, rj-scott@tamu.edu

LUBBOCK – A wide range of agricultural topics will greet participants to this year’s High Plains Ag Conference set from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1102 East Farm-to-Market 1294, Lubbock.

“This year’s conference will address traditional crops for our area such as corn and grain sorghum, but we’ll also be taking a look at strawberry production and pigweed control,” said Robert Scott, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Lubbock County. “The topics are timely and I think it will be a day well-spent for those wanting to catch up on the latest developments in High Plains agriculture.”

The program conducted by AgrLife Extension will offer five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one laws and regulations, one integrated pest management and three general; and five Texas Certified Crop Adviser continuing education units – three crop management and two pest management.

The program’s topics and speakers will include:

– Growing Strawberries on the High Plains Using High Tunnels, Dr. Russell Wallace, AgriLife Extension vegetable specialist, Lubbock.

– Corn Production and Drought Tolerant Varieties, Jake Becker, Texas A&M AgriLife Research assistant, Amarillo.

– Corn Producers Board Association Update, David Gibson Texas Corn Producers executive director, Lubbock

– Sorghum And Wheat Production, Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock.

– AgriLife program updates, Scott and Mark Brown, AgriLife Extension agents, Lubbock County.

– Pesticide Laws and Regulations, Debbie Slocum, Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide inspector.

– Pigweed Resistance and Lessons From 2012, Dr. Peter Dotray, AgriLife Research, Lubbock.

Individual preregistration is $35 by Dec. 3 and $45 thereafter. The fees include lunch.

For more information and to preregister contact Scott at 806-775-1680, rj-scott@tamu.edu .

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