West Plains Ag Conference slated for Dec. 12 in Levelland

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu

Contact: Kerry Siders, 806-894-3150, k-siders@tamu.edu

 

LEVELLAND – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct their annual West Plains Ag Conference from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Sundown Room of the Student Center at South Plains College, 1401 South College Ave., Levelland.

“A wide range of agricultural topics will greet participants to this year’s conference,” said Kerry Siders, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent for Hockley and Cochran counties.

“This year’s conference will address production, pest management and other issues facing cotton and grains,” he said. “More specifically, we will answer producers’ questions on managing herbicide-resistant pigweed, how this year’s corn crop did and what’s ahead in cotton transgenics, to name a few.”

Registration, which includes lunch, is $35 at the door. For more information, contact Siders at 806-894-3150, k-siders@tamu.edu .

Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units — one laws and regulations, two integrated pest management and two general — will be available, as will an additional five Texas Certified Crop Adviser credits.

The program topics and speakers, who are all stationed at Lubbock except for Siders, will include:

– Managing Weeds in a Resistance Situation, Dr. Peter Dotray, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas Tech University weed scientist.

– Cotton Variety Trial Update, Dr. Mark Kelly, AgriLife Extension agronomist.

– Cotton Insect Pest Update, Dr. Apurba Barman, AgriLife Extension entomologist.

– Cotton Disease Update and Management, Dr. Jason Woodward, AgriLife Extension pathologist.

– Grain Insect Pest Update, Dr. Patrick Porter, AgriLife Extension entomologist.

– Grain Production, Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist.

– Pesticide Laws and Regulations, Siders.

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