Managing aflatoxin, reduced tillage in Blacklands soil, feral hog control and pasture weed management top the list of issues to be explored at the Ag Technology Conference Dec. 10 at the Sam Rayburn Student Center on the Texas A&M-Commerce campus.

Participants may earn 5 private applicator, commercial applicator or non-commercial applicator continuing education units.

“Our advisory board has worked diligently to put together a program that will be of interest to both ranchers and crop producers in this region,” says Jim Swart, Texas Agri-Life Extension IPM specialist stationed at Texas A&M-Commerce.

Swart says the 2009 program should be of special interest to crop producers. “We have conducted an extensive research program on aflatoxin management in corn in cooperation with Dr. Peter Cotty, a world renowned expert on the subject. We have achieved positive results in biological control of this pathogen, and believe we have the means to revitalize the corn industry in this region,” he says.

“Dr. Cotty will discuss his research, and we will share results of tests.

Much of the afternoon session, beginning at 1 p.m., is devoted to aflatoxin and new products soon to be available for control. Cotty, USDA research plant pathologist from Tucson, Ariz., starts off with an overview of aflatoxin management options in Northeast Texas corn. Ray Smith, consultant with Syngenta Crop Protection, will discuss Aflaguard for aflatoxin management in corn. Curtis Jones, agronomist with Texas AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M-Commerce, will review research results for Aflaguard and AF36, a product developed from Cotty’s research efforts in Arizona. .

Hillsboro, Texas, farmer Rodney Schronk, kicks off the morning program at 10:05 with a case study on strip tillage in the Blacklands. Schronk will discuss how to reduce fertilizer and chemical inputs and maximize profits with the tillage system.

“Dr. Billy Higginbotham will be here to provide an update on feral hog control,” Swart says. “In recent years, feral hogs have increased in numbers and threaten both pastures and area cropland. In addition, we have asked Dr. Paul Baumann to speak on pasture weed identification and control. He will help you solve the most pressing weed problems we see in pastures in this region.”

Registration fee is $20 through November 30 and includes lunch. Late registration is $30. Checks should be made out to C.C.R.I.

On-site registration begins 8:00 a.m.

The annual conference is sponsored by the Cereal Crops Research Inc., Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas AgriLife Extension and the agribusiness industry.

For more information contact Jim Swart, Texas Agri-Life Extension IPM specialist, at James_Swart@tamu-commerce.edu or call (904) 886-5373.

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