AgriLife Extension sets April 18 Swisher County ag conference in Tulia


Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576,

Contact: John Villalba, 806-995-3721,

TULIA – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Swisher County Spring Ag Conference and Noxious Weed District annual meeting April 18 in Tulia.

The event starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Swisher County Show Barns, 2.5 miles east of Tulia on Farm-to-Market Road 1318 and then a mile north on County Road 16.

John Villalba, AgriLife Extension agent in Swisher County, said the program is hosted by the Swisher County Ag Committee, Swisher County Noxious Weed Control District and AgriLife Extension.

“The event will showcase topics important to farmers and ranchers in the High Plains area, including cotton, sorghum, pest control and risk management,” Villalba said.

Individual registration is $10. Lunch is included. For more information, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Swisher County at 806-995-3726.

Topics and speakers will include:

— Grain Sorghum Management for Sugarcane Aphid and Alternatives for Sorghum Family Forages, Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock.

— Cotton Production Considerations, Dr. Seth Byrd, AgriLife Extension cotton agronomist, Lubbock.

— 2017 Cotton Outlook, DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension  risk management program specialist, Amarillo.

— Cotton Insect Technologies for 2017, Blayne Reed, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent, Hale, Swisher and Floyd counties.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered.



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