Falls County Blackland Row Crops Tour scheduled June 15

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

Contact: Cooper Terrill, 24-883-1410, cooper.terrill@ag.tamu.edu

LOTT – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Falls County is hosting a Blackland Row Crops Tour at 8 a.m. June 15.

“This year we have an educational program planned covering a variety of innovative topics,” said Cooper Terrill, AgriLife Extension agent for Falls County.

Terrill said those attending must RSVP to 254-883-1410 for meal planning purposes by June 11. Lunch will be provided by A&P Catering and sponsored by First State Bank in Marlin. Registration is $10 per person, and preregistration can be done in person at 125 Bridge Street, Room 101, on the first floor of Falls County Courthouse.

The tour will start at Gary and David Herzog’s corn plots at the corner of State Highway 379 and State Highway 383 in Westphalia. Individuals with a Texas Department of Agriculture private applicator pesticide license will earn three continuing education units – one in laws and regulation, and two general.

“To receive the CEUs you must attend the tour,” Terrill said. “The speakers will include a speaker from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, covering no-till farming and soil health/cover crops, building on what we started last year.”

Other speakers will be:

— Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grains economist, College Station, will provide an economic outlook and market update on crops in the region.

— Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Dallas, will cover crop pest and sugarcane aphid control and outlook.

— After lunch, Dr. Don Renchie, program leader and AgriLife Extension specialist, College Station, will provide one hour of laws and regulation training.

The program will conclude at 1:35 p.m.

The Falls County Blackland Row Crops Tour program is sponsored by the Texas Corn Producers, Texas Grain Sorghum Board, Falls County Row Crops committee, Falls County local businesses and area agribusinesses.

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