Drought issues to be discussed
Drought issues will be a primary topic of the 27th annual Panhandle Farm and Ranch Management Symposium hosted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service Nov. 30 in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show.
The farm show will be Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 at the Amarillo Civic Center. The symposium immediately follows the 11th annual Texas Commodity Symposium and Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Ag Appreciation Luncheon. Registration will be from 1 to 1:15 p.m. in the Grand Plaza Room.
There is a $2 admittance fee for the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show, and a $10 registration fee for the Panhandle Farm and Ranch Management Symposium.
“This year our topics revolve around the drought situation faced by much of the Panhandle,” said Brandon Boughen, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Potter County. “Drought conditions affect much more than what we normally think about, like the flight patterns of commodity pests and livestock parasites.”
Program topics and speakers will include:
- Laws and regulations, Lavon Harmon, Texas Department of Agriculture inspector.
- Controlling weeds during drought and other weed issues, Dr. Brent Bean, AgriLife Extension agronomist.
- The Worst of the Worst Dust Bowl Areas, Dr. B.A. Stewart, Dryland Agriculture Institute, West Texas A&M University.
- Monitoring moths with pheromone traps for the Texas High Plains, Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist.
- “i-WHEAT,” an information-driven wheat pest management, and progress on Southwestern corn borer and western bean cutworm models, Dr. Jerry Michels, Texas AgriLife Research entomologist.
- Parasite control for livestock animals, Dr. Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Extension entomologist in College Station.
The program will offer four Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units for pesticide applicator participants: one in laws and regulations, one and a half in general, one-half in drift management and one in integrated pest management, Boughen said.
For more information, contact Boughen at 806-373-0713 or firstname.lastname@example.org.