It's cotton tour time, and Texas Cooperative Extension has tours set for Oct. 10 in Runnels County and Oct. 11 in Tom Green County.

Each tour will offer 2.5 Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units. There will be 1.5 general units offered, along with one unit in laws and regulations.

The Runnels County tour starts at 9 a.m. from the Runnels County Courthouse in Ballinger. Then participants travel to the Paul Minzenmayer Farm on U.S. Highway 67 and County Road 240 for a look at dryland cotton varieties and a harvest-aid trial.

The tour will conclude with updates on the boll weevil eradication program and small grain integrated pest management. There will be a complementary meal at Old St. Mary's Hall in Ballinger.

The Tom Green County tour begins at 9 a.m. at the John and Doug Wilde farm just north of the intersection of Loop 306 and Farm-to-Market Road 765, east of San Angelo. The tour will include an irrigated cotton variety test overview and harvest-aid trial. It will conclude with a boll weevil eradication update and complimentary meal at Saint Ambrose Parish Hall in Wall.

To RSVP and for more information on either tour, call the Extension office in Runnels County at 325-365-2219, the Extension office in Tom Green County at 325-659-6523 or Rick Minzenmayer at 325-365-5212 by Oct. 8.