Corn, irrigation field days set in the northern Panhandle Aug. 21-24

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Nich Kenny, 806-677-5600, npkenny@ag.tamu.edu

AMARILLO – Four meetings highlighting three primary corn irrigation projects in the North Plains have been scheduled in August by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas AgriLife Research and the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District.

“These projects are a great example of agricultural cooperation as both AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension collaborate with the local groundwater district to address important needs in production agriculture,” said Nich Kenny, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist. “We are addressing all ranges of corn irrigation and working to collectively make an impact on the area.”

All meetings will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program at 9 a.m. The dates and locations are:

Aug. 21: Hutchinson County Corn Irrigation Conference, Morse Community Building, 100 N. 3rd St., Morse.

Aug. 22: Ochiltree Corn Irrigation Conference, Perryton Expo Center, 402 Expo Drive, Perryton.

Aug. 23: Texas North Plains Corn Irrigation Research and Extension Field Day, Texas AgriLife Research’s North Plains Research Field, Etter.

Aug. 24: Dallam/Sherman Corn Irrigation Conference, Sherman County Barn, 501 S. Maple, Stratford.

Each location will include local topics that will be most pertinent to producers and showcase technologies used in the processes, Kenny said. An update of drought-tolerant corn will be provided, as well as a walk-through of selected plots.

In addition, three primary corn projects will be highlights at each meeting. They are the North Plains Groundwater District 200-12 Corn Demonstration Project, the AgriLife Extension North Plains Efficient Profitable Irrigation in Corn project, or EPIC as it is known, and the AgriLife Research 12-200 Corn project.

Each meeting will start with field tours to the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District’s cooperator plots and fields with EPIC project work, he said.

Three general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units for pesticide applicators will be provided, Kenny said.

Lunch and registration fees will be covered at each location by local sponsors and the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District.

For a complete agenda of each meeting, contact the AgriLife Extension office in the county of the meeting you are planning to attend: Sherman, 806-366-2081; Ochiltree, 806-435-4501; Lipscomb, 806-862-4601;  Hutchinson, 806-878-4028; and Moore, 806-935-2594.

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