"These half-day workshops will cover a wide variety of production topics – anything from varietal selection, fertility and irrigation to weed control and entomology," said Calvin Trostle, Extension agronomist based at the Texas A&M University System's Agricultural Research and Extension Center here.

"Each workshop will also include a visit to a nearby field, where participants can review scouting techniques and insect pests."

The workshops begin with registration at 8 a.m. Programs will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Custom hay and dairy industry representatives will lead a discussion on how alfalfa producers can achieve optimal hay quality.

Registration costs $10 per person and includes lunch and a book of alfalfa publications put together by Extension and the Alfalfa Council. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at least one day in advance.

Those who attend can qualify to earn 2.5 CEU's (continuing education units), including one unit in Integrated Pest Management, Trostle added.

Here is the workshop schedule:

  • Aug. 7 - Lamb County Ag Exposition Center on U.S. 385, two blocks north of U.S. 84. Contact Kent Lewis in the Extension office in Lamb County at 806-385-4222.
  • Aug. 12 – Dawson County Community Building at South 8th and Houston Streets in Lamesa. Contact John Farris in the Extension office in Dawson County at 806-872-3444.
  • Aug. 13 – Bar-H Restaurant at 1010 East Highway 54 in Dalhart. Contact Mike Bragg in the Extension office in Dallam County at 806-244-4434
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Tim McAlavy is a writer for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

e-mail: t-mcalavy@tamu.edu