Tom Green County Cotton Field Tour set Oct. 5

 

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu

Contact: Josh Blanek, 325-659-6523, j-blanek@tamu.edu

Joel Webb, 325-365-2219, cjwebb@ag.tamu.edu

SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service annual Tom Green County Cotton Field Tour will start at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Doug Wilde Farm.

Josh Blanek, AgriLife Extension agent in Tom Green County, said registration and the tour will begin at the variety plot located off  the Old Eola Road, accessible from Farm-to-Market Road 765 west of Loop 306 and just east of San Angelo.

Registration and lunch are free for those who RSVP by Sept. 29. To RSVP or for more information, call the AgriLife Extension office in Tom Green County at 325-659-6523. The field tour will include an irrigated cotton variety test and harvest-aid trials.

“Even though this year’s field work isn’t finished, the crop is rapidly maturing and now is a good time to start planning for next year by evaluating varieties that will perform well on your farm,” Blanek said.”

“Harvest-aid recommendations are always changing with conditions,” said Joel Webb, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent for Runnels and Tom Green counties, so hopefully, our harvest-aid trial will assist those making decisions in the fields in the coming days.”  

Blanek said the tour will conclude at the Tom Green County 4-H Building, 3168 N. U.S. Highway 67, with a Texas Department of Public Safety update on laws and regulations for moving equipment and machinery. Other topics will include Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers Association and boll weevil eradication updates.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one integrated pest management and two general – will be offered for those attending the entire program.

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