Ranchers, wildlife management specialists and others interested in learning more about hayland and pasture management will have an opportunity on May 27 at the Wesley Valerius Farms, half a mile north of FM 107 on Tamm Lane Road, Combes, Texas. There will also be a hay quality forage display and after lunch, attendees will have a chance to see new hay implements demonstrated.

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Rio Bravo Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), Southmost Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) will be hosting the half day workshop. All sponsors are equal opportunity providers and employers.

8:30 a.m. Registration – Southmost SWCD#319

9:00 a.m. Grass Planting and Species Selection

9:30 a.m. Soil Testing/Forage Testing/ Nutrient Management

10:00 a.m. Pest Management – Weed and Brush Control

10:30 a.m. Grass Management: Cutting Heights, Stocking Rates, Grazing Heights/Rotation, Irrigation Water Management

11:30 a.m. NRCS Conservation Programs: Technical and Financial Assistance; Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Bill Program Updates; TSSWCB Arroyo Colorado 319 Program

12:00 p.m. Question and Answer

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Hay Quality Forage Display and Hay Equipment demonstrations

There is not a registration cost, but attendees must register by May 24 to attend the field day. To register, contact Angie Guerra, Southmost SWCD Clerk at (956) 399-2522. Lunch will be provided and three continuing education units (CEUs) will be available.