BROWNWOOD – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Brown County Range and Brush Program July 6 at the Brown County Fairgrounds, 4206 U.S. Highway 377 South in Brownwood.
Registration will start at 3:30 p.m. with the program following from 4-9 p.m.
“Brush encroachment into our pastures continues to be an expensive problem to deal with,” said Scott Anderson, AgriLife Extension agent in Brown County. “It doesn’t take long for weeds and brush to choke out good desirable grasses, forcing a reduction in stocking rates of livestock. If left unchecked, these pasture invaders can make large areas undesirable even for some wildlife.
“The overriding theme for this program will be all about using herbicides responsibly to enhance desirable forage for both livestock and wildlife.”
Topics and speakers will include:
– Sprayer set-up demonstration, James Jackson, AgriLife Extension program specialist, Stephenville.
-Herbicide stewardship, Dr. Bob Lyons, AgriLife Extension range specialist, Uvalde.
-Range/brush herbicide use, Ralph Porter, Dow AgroSciences, Abilene.
-What we forget about when using herbicides, Dr. Morgan Russell, San Angelo.
-Pesticide laws and regulations, Anderson.
Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, three general and two laws and regulations, will be offered.
Preregistration by July 3 is $30 and $35 thereafter. Both fees are due upon arrival and include a catered meal. To preregister and for more information, call the AgriLife Extension office in Brown County at 325-646-0386.