June 6 webinar to address when the sunflower is more weed than flower

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Brittany Grube, Brittany.grube@agnet.tamu.edu
Dr. Barron Rector, 979-845-2755, b-rector@tamu.edu  

COLLEGE STATION – Knowing when a member of the sunflower family of plants is a weed and when it is a desirable flower will be the discussion topic of the June 6 webinar hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service as a part of their Texas Range Webinar Series.

The sunflower family represents the largest family of flowering plants in Texas, with about 850 species reported for the state, according to Dr. Barron Rector, AgriLife Extension range specialist in College Station.

Rector, who will conduct the webinar, said weedy members of the sunflower family can be fall-germinating and spring-flowering weeds, or they can be the spring-germinating and summer-flowering weeds.

“From the aspects of weed management and land management, what do sunflowers tell us about the land, its ecology and the current success of a land manager?” Rector said. “Join us for this webinar that will explore many of the sunflower species present, what are they used for and how do we manage them when the need exists.”

This webinar is part of a series conducted monthly by AgriLife Extension’s ecosystem science and management unit. Each webinar is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., according to Brittany Grube, webinar coordinator.

Participants seeking Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units must pay a $10 fee on the website. For all others, there is no fee, Grube said. Licensed agricultural private pesticide applicators participating in this webinar can earn one Texas Department of Agriculture integrated pest management continuing education unit.

This webinar and others in the series can be accessed at http://naturalresourcewebinars.tamu.edu/ . Continuing education units for archived webinars will only be available for one month following the live version of the webinar, Grube said. After the month has passed, the webinar will still be available to watch, but participants will not be able to register for or receive credits.

For more information on the webinars, contact Grube at Brittany.grube@agnet.tamu.edu .

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