Stiles Farm Field Day to feature presentations on weed, grass control in sorghum, new cotton technologies

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

THRALL – Grass and weed control in grain sorghum, plus a look at new cotton technologies, will be the focus of the 51st Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled June 17 in Thrall.

The Stiles Farm is located at 5700 Farm-to-Market Road 1063, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 79, 1 mile east of Thrall.

Cost is $10 with registration starting at 7:45 a.m. Presentations and tours begin at 8:30 a.m.

“We have several presentations that will be of interest to Blacklands farmers throughout the region,” said Archie Abrameit, farm manager and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. “After lunch, we will view an online decision aid tool that will help farmers make decisions pertaining to the new 2014 Farm Bill.”

Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state cotton specialist, College Station, will discuss new cotton technologies at the Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled June 17 in Thrall. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state cotton specialist, College Station, will discuss new cotton technologies at the Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled June 17 in Thrall. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin)

Morning presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m. and include:

- Traction and Compaction-Tractor Tire Inflation Strategies, Dusty Hininger, regional sales manager, Firestone Farm Tires, Fort Worth;  and Ken Brodbeck, sales engineer, Firestone Farm Tires, Des Moines, Iowa.

- Grain Sorghum Grass Control and Future Weed Control Options, Dr. Paul Baumann, AgriLife Extension Service weed specialist, College Station.

- New Cotton Technologies, Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist, College Station

- Drought Strategies in Pasture Management, Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist, College Station.

At noon, youth scholarships will be presented and the Taylor Agriculturalist of the Year will be named for 2014. A barbecue meal, sponsored by the Greater Taylor Chamber of Commerce, will follow.

The afternoon sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. with equipment demonstrations by several industry partners, Abrameit said. George Knapek, economist with the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University, College Station, will give a demonstration on a new online producerdecision aid tool.

Three certified crop advisor units and three continuing education units will be given to participants who hold a Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicators license, Abrameit said.

The Stiles Farm is a non-profit, self-supporting institution established by bequest of the late J.V. and H.A. Stiles for the advancement of agriculture to benefit all Texans. A field day is held at the Stiles Farm each year to introduce producers to the latest research and best management practices.

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