Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Zach Wilcox, 325-236-6912, email@example.com
Greg Gruben, 325-573-5423, firstname.lastname@example.org
SNYDER – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the annual multi-county Lower Rolling Plains Agricultural Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 9 at the Scurry Coliseum, 900 E. Coliseum Drive in Snyder.
“This annual conference is designed to update producers across our region on issues they may face during the upcoming growing season,” said Zach Wilcox, AgriLife Extension agent in Nolan County.
“The topics will range from the farm bill to new herbicide technologies,” he said. “The AgriLife Extension agents in the participating counties focus on topics our producers need. However, much of the information to be shared during the program can be applied anywhere in the state.”
Topics during the morning’s general session will include: the farm bill, commodity economics, pesticide laws and regulations and plant disease management under drought conditions.
Following a catered lunch, the program will split into concurrent A and B sessions. Session A will concentrate on topics related to crop production and Session B will deal with range and livestock-related issues.
Session A presentations will be: Weed Management Strategies for 2014, Deep Sampling of Nitrogen, Cotton Variety Trial Results with New Herbicide Technologies, Sesame Production and an Integrated Pest Management Update.
Session B presentations will include: Noxious Weed Control During Drought, Texas Quail Index Update, Weed and Brush Control in Range and Pastures, Forage Quality and Forage Inventory and External Parasite Management.
Six Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units for holders of private pesticide applicator licenses will be offered; four general, one integrated pest management and one laws and regulations.
Those needing a new Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator’s license can receive the necessary training from 8:30 a.m. to noon with the testing to follow at 1 p.m. For this training, RSVP by April 1 by calling 325-573-5423.
Individual registration for either the conference or the Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator training is $25 individually at the door and includes lunch.
For more information and to preregister by April 7, call either the AgriLife Extension office in Nolan County at 325-236-6912 or Scurry County at 325-573-5423.
AgriLife Extension offices conducting the program are in Borden, Fisher, Garza, Mitchell, Lynn, Nolan and Scurry counties.