AgriLife Extension’s Swisher County Ag Day is Dec. 10 in Tulia

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

Contact: John Villalba, 806-995-3721, john.villalba@ag.tamu.edu

 

TULIA – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Swisher County Ag Committee will conduct the Swisher County Ag Day from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in Tulia.

The program will be held in the Swisher County Memorial Building, 127 SW Second St.

“The Swisher County Ag Committee has identified issues relating to dryland farming techniques as hot-button topics for producers in this part of the Panhandle,” said John Villalba, AgriLife Extension agent in Swisher County. “The speakers for this program will all touch on a variety of factors that influence the decisions farmers are having to make, especially as they relate to drought and the decline in overall water availability.”

Individual registration is $10 due upon arrival, but those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to the AgriLife Extension office in Swisher County by Dec. 3 by calling 806-995-3721.

Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, one laws and regulations, one integrated pest management and three general, will be available for those with a valid private pesticide applicators license. Six Certified Crop Advisor credit hours will also be available.

The program topics and speakers include:

– Chemical Schemes for Weed Control, Johnny Webb, Crop Production Services, Plainview.

– Understanding Resistant Weeds, Dr. Peter Dotray, AgriLife Extension weed specialist, Lubbock.

– Strategic Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Suggestions, and New Pesticide Trial Results and Applications, Blayne Reed AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent for Hale and Swisher counties.

– Texas Department of Agriculture Laws and Regulations, Casey Summers, Texas Department of Agriculture, Lubbock.

– Production Systems Utilizing Cattle, Rick Kellison, project director, Texas Alliance for Water Conservation, Lubbock.

– Range and Pasture Herbicide Recommendations and Methods of Application, Villalba.

– What to Expect from Drought Tolerant Trait Corn and Refuge Requirements, Reed.

– Adapting to Dryland Farming in Swisher County, Dr. Bob Stewart, director, Dryland Agriculture Institute, West Texas A&M University, Canyon.

– Adapting to Farming with Less Water and Chemical Use Rotation–panel discussion.

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