AgriLife Extension to host cotton update March 4 in Hereford

Auxin training offered Feb. 27, private applicator Feb. 28

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Rick Auckerman, 806-364-3573, rick.auckerman@ag.tamu.edu

HEREFORD – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Deaf Smith County will offer a cotton update and two continuing education trainings in late February and early March. All three programs will be held at the AgriLife Extension office at 903 14th St., Hereford.

Rick Auckerman, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Deaf Smith County, will host a free auxin training from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 27, offering two continuing education units in laws and regulations. That will be followed by a Texas Department of Agriculture private applicators training at 9 a.m. Feb. 28. There is a $10 fee for this course.

The Deaf Smith Cotton Conference is set for March 4. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee is $10, and three continuing education units – one each in general, integrated pest management and laws and regulations – will be offered.

“Each year we host this conference and bring in speakers who can help producers get the latest information on how different varieties are performing and what issues they may face in the coming growing season,” Auckerman said.

The cotton conference program topics and speakers will include:

– 2018 Cotton Variety Trial results, Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo.

– Cotton Weed Management Systems, Dr. Peter Dotray, AgriLife Extension weed specialist, Lubbock.

– Hot Topics in Agricultural Law, Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, Amarillo

– Cotton Marketing Updates, Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension economist-cotton marketing, College Station.

– Drift Management Issues – Laws and Regulations Update, Levon Harmon, retired Texas Department of Agriculture inspector, Tulia.

For more information, contact Auckerman at 806-364-3573 or rick.auckerman@ag.tamu.edu.

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