Important meetings, trade shows, field days and conferences for those involved in Southwest agriculture. To list your organization’s special event in the Southwest Farm Press Calendar of Events, e-mail details, including contact person, phone number, etc., to: Ron Smith, rsmith@farmpress.com.

May

May 12--The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Parmer and Castro counties will conduct a Wheat and Barley Crops Tour from 10 a.m. until noon May 12 at sites near Dimmitt. To get to the wheat site, which is first on the tour, drive 9.6 miles west of Dimmitt on State Highway 86; then go south on Farm-to-Market Road 1524. The barley site is 15.3 miles from Dimmitt on State Highway 86.For further information contact Andersen at 806-647-4115 or nancy.andersen@ag.tamu.edu , or Graves at 806-481-3619, james.graves@ag.tamu.edu .

May 13-- CANCELED. Hardeman County Wheat Field Tour at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Chillicothe Station on May 13 has been canceled due to storm damage.

May 15-- New forage planting and harvesting equipment, plus demonstration plots, will be featured at the 29th annual O.D. Butler Forage Field Day scheduled May 15 at Circle X Land & Cattle Company Camp Cooley Ranch Division. The ranch is located at 4297 Camp Cooley Ranch Road in Franklin. Registration is $25, which includes handouts and a roast beef lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m. and concluding at 3:30 p.m. Three hours of general continuing education units will be offered for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator’s license holders. For more information, call the AgriLife Extension office in Robertson County at 979-828-4270.

May 21--The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the West Texas Livestock and Range Conference from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 21 at the Broughton Agriculture Complex on the Howard College campus in Big Spring. The annual event this year involves the AgriLife Extension offices in Glasscock, Martin, Upton, Howard and Reagan counties.“Each year we strive to present the most pertinent information possible for producers in our region,” said Rebel Royall, AgriLife Extension agent in Glasscock County. “These topics are picked by the AgriLife Extension agents from topics brought to us from our local planning committees as topics that need addressing.” For more information, contact Royall at 432-354-2381, r-royall@tamu.edu, or the AgriLife Extension office in any of the participating counties.

May 28-29-- With consumer interest heightening about where food comes from, grass-fed beef producers will have the opportunity to learn more about marketing opportunities and production trends during a May 28-29 conference in College Station. Dr. Rick Machen, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Uvalde, said producers can learn about all aspects of grass-fed beef production techniques at the conference, which will be held at the Rosenthal Meat Science Building on the Texas A&M University campus. Contact Dr. Rick Machen, 830-278-9151, rmachen@ag.tamu.edu

June

June 4A BASF Field Day is scheduled for on June 4 from 9:00am-1:00pm at the TAMU Research Farm. TAMU Researchers/ Extension and BASF personnel will be at each stop to cover the Dicamba cotton program, drift to soybeans, weed control in corn/ rotational crops for new technology, cotton seedling control after harvest, grain sorghum & wheat diseases, wheat fertilization with nitrogen management materials, & TDA regulations. Contact, H Ray Smith, Biological Research Service, Inc.
979-574-3666.

June 9-11-- Export Sorghum, scheduled June 9-11, is a two-day educational seminar geared toward creating networking opportunities while providing both domestic and international grain buyers insight on markets, trade opportunities, contract education and logistics. The event includes a field tour, discussions on trucking, and a tour of the Port of Houston. For the full event schedule and additional information, visit the Sorghum Checkoff website (http://sorghumcheckoff.com/exportsorghum/).

June 16-- Management of new technology in cotton, plus methods to reduce plant populations in grain sorghum will be part of several presentations scheduled for the 52nd Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled June 16 at the Stiles Farm Foundation in Thrall. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with field tours to begin at 8:30. The field day is free and hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. A $10 charge will be assessed for those wanting CEU credits.

July

July 23-25--Southern Peanut Growers Conference, Callaway Gardens , Pine Mountain, Ga. For more information contact Southern Peanut Farmers Federation.

Sept.

Sept. 9 -- West Texas Agricultural Chemicals September 9 at the Bayer Museum of Agriculture.