Dual county program to offer varied slate of ag-related topics

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu
Contact: Anthony Munoz, 325-853-2132, ajmunoz@ag.tamu.edu

ELDORADO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Schleicher and Sutton counties will conduct a Range and Pasture Workshop from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Schleicher County Civic Center, 427 U.S. Highway 277, Eldorado.

“We have a pretty varied slate of topics scheduled for this program,” said Anthony Munoz, AgriLife Extension agent in Schleicher County.

“Parts of the state have had good rains and even made hay,” Munoz said. “Those of us in areas where we’re looking  to buy hay have a little more opportunity to be selective, as last year it was more ‘take what you can get.’ We’ve asked Dr. David Drake, AgriLife Extension agronomist at San Angelo, to discuss how to address the question of hay quality and to provide techniques for properly collecting hay samples for folks needing to test for protein, nitrates, etc.

 

“The areas of bare ground caused by last year’s drought gave mesquite an opening for this year’s good crop of mesquite beans to sprout. Dr. Bob Lyons, AgriLife Extension range specialist at Uvalde, will offer his opinion on the survivability of the multitude of seedlings which have sprung up. He will also elaborate on how to contend with those that do survive the oncoming cold season.”

Other speakers will include Allison Watkins, AgriLife Extension horticulturist in Tom Green County, who will talk about home and landscape pests along with control options. Cory Pence with the Texas Department of Agriculture, will speak on pesticide laws and regulations.”

“These last two topics should interest our ag audience, but also those with landscape management responsibilities,” Munoz said.

Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – two general, two integrated pest management and one laws and regulations – will be available for those with a valid private applicators license.

Individual preregistration is $20 before Nov. 19 and $25 thereafter. The fee includes lunch.

To preregister or for more information, contact the AgriLife Extension offices in Schleicher or Sutton counties at 325-853-2132 or 325-387-3101, respectively.

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