Gray County Ag Conference set Feb. 26 in Pampa

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Brandon McGinty, 806-669-8033, b-mcginty@tamu.edu

PAMPA – The annual Gray County Ag Conference by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be Feb. 26 at the Clyde Carruth Livestock Pavilion in the concession area of the bull barns in Pampa.

The program will begin with registration at 9 a.m. with a fee of $10, payable at the door, according to Brandon McGinty, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Gray County.

The program will start at 9:15 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Lunch will be sponsored by the Gray County Farm Bureau. Those planning to attend should RSVP by Feb. 24 to 806-669-8033.

Private pesticide applicators can earn 4.75 Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one laws and regulations, 2.5 general and 1.25 integrated pest management.

The program will include:

- Cotton Market Outlook and Marketing. Dr. Steve Amosson, AgriLife Extension economist, Amarillo, will educate producers on reducing risk with their crops by using marketing tools to potentially increase their security and make better marketing decisions.

- Herbicide Selection/Mode of Action. Dr. Peter Dotray, AgriLife Extension weed and herbicides specialist, Lubbock, will discuss different modes of actions of herbicides and how they affect target plants. Understanding the modes of action will help producers select the proper herbicides for weed control.

- Pre-Plant/Pre-Emerge Herbicide. Dotray will assist producers with herbicide selection options in dryland cotton situations and help with their understanding of restrictions in a crop rotation.

- Alternative Tillage Methods. Dr. Jason Woodward, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist, Lubbock, will outline the differences in tillage methods and the effects of herbicide use and controls to help producers understand the balance of tillage and herbicides use.

- Cotton Variety Trial Results. McGinty will discuss cotton variety results from dryland and irrigated trials to assist producers with decisions on selection of varieties for their operation.

- Irrigation Strategies with Limited Water. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo, will discuss irrigation strategies that allow more efficient use of water, including crop selection, tillage, weed controls and others.

- Laws and Regulations. Camilo Garzon, Texas Department of Agriculture representative in Amarillo, will lead the discussion.

For more information, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Gray County at 806-669-8033.

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