42nd annual Randall County Ag Day and Crops Tour set Aug. 28

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Dr. J. D. Ragland, 806-468-5543, j-ragland@tamu.edu  

CANYON – The 42nd annual Randall County Ag Day and Crops Tour hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is set for Aug. 28 at the Kuhlman Extension Center, 200 N. Brown Road, Canyon.

“Our program is designed to give agriculture producers in Randall County a look at the most recent technology and production data available,” said Dr. J. D. Ragland, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Randall County.

The morning portion will kick off with registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program at 9 a.m. This event is free, with the registration fee covered by Happy State Bank.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one drift minimization and two general – will be available for private pesticide applicators.

An RSVP is requested by Aug. 24 by calling the AgriLife Extension office at 806-468-5543.

The following topics and speakers are on the morning agenda:

– 2017-18 North Region Crop Trials and Results, Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo.

– Introduction to In-Flight Drones and Its Their Capabilities in Agriculture, Jack Bush, senior research associate, and Shannon Baker, research associate, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Amarillo.

– Ag Policy Update: Latest Developments on the New Farm Bill, DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management specialist, Amarillo.

    – Pasture Range and Forage Grazing Insurance Rules and Guidelines, Rachel Myers, Myers Crop Insurance, Claude.

– Grazing Management for Stocker Cattle and Cow/Calf Producers during Current Drought Conditions, Dr. Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Amarillo.

The noon luncheon will feature the keynote address: Randall County’s Increasing Growth and Its Impact on Canyon ISD, presented by Dr. Darryl Flusche, superintendent, Canyon.

Following the keynote address will be the presentation of the Randall County Extension Top Hand, Outstanding Result Demonstrator and Outstanding Agribusiness awards.

The luncheon and awards presentation is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank of Canyon.

At 1:30 p.m., all participants will have an opportunity to view and learn about the newest technology in outside agricultural equipment displays and presentations from local and area dealers.

Then a tour bus, sponsored by the Palo Duro Soil and Water Conservation District of Canyon, will be loaded and make stops to include the following topics and presenters:

– Sorghum Variety Trial with Emphasis on Sugarcane Aphid Tolerance, Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Amarillo. This stop will also include an in-flight drone demonstration.  

– Tour of the new West Texas A&M University Agricultural Science Facilities/ Buildings.

The busses will return to the AgriLife Extension office around 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Ragland at that number or email him at j-ragland@tamu.edu.  

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