THRALL, Texas - From crop production to beef cattle, the June 15 Stiles Farm Field Day will feature topics of interest to all segments of the farming and ranching industry.

"We're zeroing in on some topics of discussion that are on the minds of every producer," said Archie Abrameit, farm manager. "We will have several demonstrations that I think a lot of folks will take an interest in. And, of course, we will have some exciting exhibits and in-the-field equipment demonstrations."

Registration begins at 8 a.m. At 8:30, concurrent sessions begin. Those attending the morning program will receive three continuing education units (private, commercial and non-commercial) for all Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator license holders. Three certified crop advisor units will also be offered.

The following is a schedule of events:

  • 8:30-11:30 a.m. (concurrent sessions):

    "Strip Tillage-Best Compromise for Success," Charles Stichler, Texas Cooperative Extension agronomist;

    "Receiving the Most from Your Fertilizer Dollar," Mark McFarland, Extension soil fertility specialist;

    "Today's Biotechnology and What's in the Future," Robert Lemon, Extension state cotton specialist; and

  • 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.: Awards program and lunch, sponsored by the Taylor Chamber of Commerce.
  • 1:30 p.m.: Equipment demonstrations continuing until 2:15. p.m.;
  • 1:30 p.m.: "Beef Cattle Identification and Country of Origin Labeling," Larry Boleman, associate department head for animal science at Texas A&M University and Extension program leader for animal science; and
  • 2 p.m.: "Pasture Weed Control," Larry Redmon, Extension state forage specialist and Extension agronomist.
The field day will conclude at 2:30 p.m.

Stiles Farm Foundation, formerly a 3,000-acre family farm, was given to Texas A&M University in 1961 for research and education on Blackland production practices. A field day for producers and area residents to examine the research and demonstrations in progress has been held yearly at the farm since 1963, except for 1996 when it was canceled due to drought.

For more information about the field day, contact Abrameit at (512) 898-2214 or an Extension agent in any county.

Blair Fannin is a writer for Texas A&M University.