Producers and agriculture consultants can hone their pest management and crop production skills at the High Plains Crop Pest Scouting Workshop on June 1. The event is sponsored by Texas Cooperative Extension.

The free workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ollie Liner Center. The center is south of Plainview on Business Highway 27.

“We will cover crops such as cotton, corn and grain sorghum," said Greg Cronholm, Extension integrated pest management agent for Hale County. "Our goal is to provide a basic knowledge of the pests common to these crops. We will also cover weed identification and herbicide injury, plant diseases and how to recognize and promote beneficial insects.”

Morning presentations by Extension specialists and agents will focus on cotton growth and development, cotton insect pests and beneficial insects in field crops.

Levon Harmon, Texas Department of Agriculture, will discuss worker protection standards and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requirements for a pesticide handler's card.

“We’ll have a morning and an afternoon break, so participants can visit and view insect specimen displays,” Cronholm said. “Those interested in obtaining a pesticide handlers card can attend the 11 a.m. to noon session only if they wish. The card is valid for a five-year period. We’ll also take a one-hour lunch break.”

Afternoon workshop sessions will cover weed identification and herbicide injury, corn and grain sorghum insect pests, and cotton, corn, grain sorghum and peanut plant diseases.

Those who attend can earn up to five continuing education units; four in integrated pest management and one in laws and regulations. All continuing education units are approved by the Texas Department of Agriculture, Cronholm said.

For more information, contact Cronholm at the Extension office in Hale County at 806-291-5274.