Learning how to become a more efficient crop producer during times of high production costs is the underlying theme of the 45th Stiles Farm field day June 17 in Thrall.

From fertilizer to herbicides used in weed control, producers will come away with ideas on how to become more efficient with their operations, said Archie Abrameit, farm manager and Texas AgriLife Extension specialist.

“Everywhere you look, from the cost of diesel to fertilizer, raising a crop today is much more expensive than in the past,” Abrameit said. “Our focus is to provide producers with the latest information in a user-friendly fashion. We've got a lot of informative tours planned and the commercial exhibitors will showcase the latest technology available. There will also be educational exhibits.”

The free event begins with registration at 8 a.m. Tours begin at 8:30 a.m. The morning schedule will include:

  • “Efficient Fertilizer Use,” Dr. Mark McFarland, AgriLife Extension soil fertility specialist.

  • “Equipment Technology: Preview of the latest equipment and technology,” Dr. Travis Miller, AgriLife Extension program leader for soil and crop science, Texas A&M University.

  • “Getting the Most from My Sprayer,” Dr. Mark Matocha, AgriLife Extension program specialist, agricultural and environmental safety.

  • “The Latest Technologies in Weed Control,” Dr. Paul Baumann, AgriLife Extension weed specialist.

At noon, scholarships will be given to area youth and a barbecue meal, sponsored by the Taylor Chamber of Commerce, will be served.

The following is the schedule of concurrent sessions beginning at 1:30 p.m.:

  • Equipment demonstrations, featuring strip-till equipment, sprayers, guidance systems.

  • “Are Soybeans In My Future?” Mike Perkins, Hornbeck Seed Company.

  • Vegetable show, displaying the latest varieties of specialized production.

The Stiles Farm is a non-profit, self-supporting institution established by bequest of the late J.V. and H.A. Stiles for the advancement of agriculture to benefit all Texans. A field day is held at the Stiles Farm each year to introduce producers to the latest research and best management practices.

The Stiles Farm is located at 5700 Farm-to-Market Road 1063, near the intersection of U.S. Highway 79 and Farm-to-Market Road 1063, one mile east of Thrall.