Targeting growers in northwest Texas Panhandle, northeastern New Mexico
TEXLINE – A Sunflower Production Program has been scheduled for Jan. 26 at the Texline Community Center, 100 S. 3rd St. in Texline, by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
“Sunflowers can be an alternative option for low water and dryland production. Also, they can be a late planting option if a previous crop gets extensive hail damage,” said Mike Bragg, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Dallam and Hartley counties.
“Last year we saw additional acres planted to oilseed sunflowers in the area,” Bragg said. “Some growers did very well, but like any crop, management and marketing is a key component to profitability.”
Bragg said the message will be targeted to producers in both the northwestern counties of the Texas Panhandle and Union County in New Mexico.
The program is free and will run from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Two general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered to private pesticide applicators.
Topics will include sunflower insect pests, sunflower production management and marketing, variety test plot demonstration results and weed control in sunflowers.
The speakers will include Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist in Amarillo, and Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Lubbock.
For more information, contact Bragg at 806-244-4434 or Whitney Brock, the New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service agent for Union County, at 575-374-9361.