Jan. 16—The annual High Plains Irrigation Conference will be held Jan. 16 in the Regency Room of the Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan St., Amarillo.

The program, hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association, will address a variety of topics of interest to the general public, as well as to agricultural producers, landowners, crop consultants and irrigation professionals, said Dr. Dana Porter, program coordinator and AgriLife Extension agricultural engineering specialist-irrigation and water management, Lubbock.

“We wanted to offer farm owners and managers information on economic risk management tools for limited irrigation conditions, as well as research updates and new recommendations for crop-specific irrigation management,” Porter said.

A concurrent trade show also will provide opportunities for attendees to see new products and technologies, and to visit with experts from industry, non-profit organizations and agencies.

Registration will be onsite only, beginning at 8 a.m., with the program starting at 8:30 a.m. The fee is $30. Irrigation Association – five certified irrigation designer – and certified crop adviser continuing education units – 4.5 in soil and water management and one in crop management – will be offered.

Topics and speakers for the program will be:

  • Regional Water Issues, Kyle Ingham, Panhandle Regional Planning Commission Regional Water Planning director, Amarillo.
  • Texas Water Development Board Programs: SWIFT Updates and Agricultural and Rural Water Conservation.
    Trends in Agricultural Irrigation, Dr. Kevin Wagner, Texas Water Resources Institute associate director, College Station.
  • Crop Insurance and Irrigation Best Management Practices, Jay Yates, AgriLife Extension economist-risk management, Lubbock.
  • Risk Management Tools for Limited Irrigation, DeDe Jones, AgriLife Extension risk management program specialist, Amarillo.
  • Applied Research Panel: Irrigation Management Strategies for High Plains Crops, Dr. Qingwu Xue, Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop stress physiologist, Amarillo; Thomas Marek, AgriLife Research senior research, Amarillo; and Jim Bordovsky, AgriLife Research scientist and agricultural engineer, Halfway / Lubbock.
  • Irrigation Management Tools, Porter.

The meeting will conclude after 4 p.m. with a wrap-up, evaluation and CEU distribution.

For more conference information, go to the Texas Agricultural Irrigation Association website, http://taia.org/HPIC_2014.html. Questions about the program can be directed to Porter at dporter@ag.tamu.edu. Trade show questions should be directed to Kern Stutler at 806-786-5644.

Jan. 21—All things pertaining to cotton in West Texas summarizes the subject matter of this year’s Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Permian Basin Cotton Conference.

The multi-county annual event takes place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Martin County Community Center in Stanton. Counties involved with conducting the event include Martin, Upton, Glasscock, Howard, Reagan, and Midland.

Individual preregistration is $20 by Jan. 17 and $30 at the door. For more information and to RSVP, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Martin County at 432-756-3316. Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be available, pending the department’s approval.

“This program will be the most comprehensive you are apt to find in terms of cotton information relative to our region,” said Rebel Royall, AgriLife Extension agent in Glasscock County. “The AgriLife Extension agents involved with this effort have made every effort to determine what information producers need for the coming crop year and that’s what will be offered.”

Topics and presenters during the morning session will include:

  • Salinity and Cotton Root Rot Control, Dr. David Drake, AgriLife Extension agronomist, San Angelo.
  • Legislative Update on Agriculture, presented by a representative of Congressman Mike Conaway.
  • Legislative Update, Agriculture and Cotton Policy, Brett Cypert, National Cotton Council.
  • Farm Bill Farm Services Agency Update, Jill Halfmann, Martin County Farm Services Agency office.
  • How to Prepare a Budget for Your Banker, Dr. Jackie Smith, AgriLife Extension economist, Lubbock.
  • Laws and Regulations, Brad Easterling, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent for Glasscock, Reagan and Upton counties.
  • New Seed Varieties and Technologies, presented by seed company representatives.
  • Weed Resistance in Cotton and Dicamba/2-4D Resistant Cotton, Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist, College Station.
  • Cotton Insect Update, Dr. Mark Muegge, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Fort Stockton.