Weed control workshop slated Feb. 14 in Weslaco

WESLACO  –  The Rio Grande Valley Weed Control Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.–11 a.m. Feb. 14 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco, 2401 E. Highway 83.

A weed control workshop is slated Feb. 14 in Weslaco. Shallow-rooted onions cannot compete with weeds for water, nutrients, and other essentials. (AgriLife Communications photo by Rod Santa Ana)

A weed control workshop is slated Feb. 14 in Weslaco. Shallow-rooted onions cannot compete with weeds for water, nutrients, and other essentials. (AgriLife Communications photo by Rod Santa Ana)

The workshop is focused on vegetable producers, according to Dr. Juan Anciso, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service vegetable specialist. The workshop is sponsored by AgriLife Extension and the Texas Vegetable Association.

“Weed control is absolutely essential in vegetable production because vegetables are shallow-rooted and do a poor job of competing with weeds for water, nutrients and other important inputs,” he said. “Because of this, weeds easily outgrow most vegetables. We’re pleased to have on our agenda speakers who have done extensive research on weed management.”

The no-cost workshop will offer Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, including one hour of integrated pest management and a half hour in general information.

The welcome will be given by Dr. Bill McCutchen, executive associate director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research in College Station.

Topics and speakers include: “The Status of the AgriLife Research Vegetable Program,” McCutchen; “Weed Management in Onion Operations,” Anciso; and “Weed Management in Various Commodities” and “Potential Issues on Herbicide Drift: Dicamba and 2, 4-D Resistant Crops,” Dr. Russ Wallace, AgriLife Extension vegetable specialist, Lubbock.

A question-and-answer session will end the program.

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