O.D. Butler Field Day scheduled May 17 at Camp Cooley Ranch

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu

Contact: Dustin Coufal, 979-823-0129, dwcoufal@ag.tamu.edu

 

FRANKLIN – The 27th annual O.D. Butler Field Day scheduled May 17 at Camp Cooley Ranch will feature the latest weed control technologies, plus strategies on buying and selling cattle during fluctuating market conditions.

The ranch is located at 4297 Camp Cooley Ranch Road in Franklin.

This year’s forage field day will be highlighted by demonstrations on the Boar Buster Corral by Jason Gaskamp of the Nobel Foundation, said Dustin Coufal, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Brazos County.

“We will also feature youpon control under trees by Dr. Barron Rector, AgriLife Extension range specialist, and controlling grass burrs by Dr. Paul Baumann, AgriLife Extension state weed specialist, both from College Station.”

Dr. Barron Rector, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist, displays white prickly poppy as part of a walking tour at the 2012 O.D. Butler Memorial Forage Field Day at Camp Cooley Ranch. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

Dr. Barron Rector, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service range specialist, displays white prickly poppy as part of a walking tour at the 2012 O.D. Butler Memorial Forage Field Day at Camp Cooley Ranch. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

Registration is $25 and RSVP is requested by calling 979-823-0129. 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 AgriLife Extension in Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Limestone, Leon, Madison, Milam, Robertson and Washington counties.

“We think we have topics that are of interest to forage producers in the Brazos Valley,” Coufal said. “The presentations we have scheduled should give producers many things to consider and apply to their own operations.”

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

The following is a schedule of topics and speakers:

- Latest technology in weed control, Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist, College Station.

- Grass burr control demonstration, Baumann.

- Youpon control under trees, Rector.

- Soil and forage analysis update, Dr. Tony Provin, AgriLife Extension soil chemist, College Station.

- Where are we in the cattle cycle – is it time to buy or sell?, Dr. Jason Johnson, AgriLife Extension economist, Stephenville.

- Latest technology in trapping feral hogs, Josh Gaskamp, Nobel Foundation, wildlife division.

For more information, call 979-823-0129.

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