O.D. Butler Field Day to feature bus tour of Circle X Land and
The 25th O.D. Butler Field Day scheduled May 20 at Circle X Land and Cattle Company will provide participants with plenty of take-home ideas for forage and beef production, even during times of drought.
“The event is designed to provide beef and forage producers throughout the Brazos Valley with current information relative to the production, management and selection of high quality forage,” said Eric Zimmerman, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Brazos County. “Some of the techniques that will be demonstrated can be adapted to accommodate any type of weather pattern.”
This year’s field day will feature a bus tour of operations at Circle X, Zimmerman said. Participants will get a first-hand look at many different types of forages grown at the ranch, hay barn design, as well as feral hog management practices.
“We think we have a topic of interest that is applicable to everyone’s operation,” Zimmerman said. “This is a great opportunity for producers to actually see how these practices are done in a real ranch setting.”
Michael Goudeau, owner of Goudeau Farms, will be the keynote speaker at 12:45 p.m. and will discuss hay production and management practices.
Field day registration is $30 before May 13 and $35 after. Alternatively, if producers want to join the Brazos Area Hay Producers Association, the cost is $50, which includes free field day registration, a hay sampling test, hay directory listing and a laminated membership card.
The field day will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 3:15 p.m. Concurrent sessions will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon featuring the following topics:
- Small sprayer calibration, Mark Mathocha, AgriLife Extension program specialist–ag and environmental safety.
- Weed product updates (Dr. Paul Baumann, AgriLife Extension state weed specialist
- Aquatic weed identification and control, Dr. Michael Masser, AgriLife
- Extension fisheries specialist
- Feral hog management and control, Aaron Sumrall, AgriLife Extension agent – San Jacinto County
- Agriculture transportation law, Trooper III Stephen Brockman – Texas Department of Public Safety
- Pasture and range insects (TBA)
From 2-3 p.m., Dr. Don Renchie, AgriLife Extension ag and environmental safety program leader, will give a pesticide laws and regulation program. Five hours of continuing education units will be given to licensed private, commercial and non-commercial applicators. One hour laws and regulations, one hour integrated pest management, 2.5 hours general and a half hour drift minimization will be offered.
Circle X Land and Cattle Co. is located off Highway 6 north and OSR. For more information about the ranch, visit http://www.circlexbrangus.com/. For more information about the field day, contact the AgriLife Extension office for Brazos County at 979-823-0129. An agenda is available at http://brazos-tx.tamu.edu.
Highway 6 north and OSR