It’s cotton-tour time, and Texas Cooperative Extension has two scheduled. They will be Sept. 21-22 in Runnels and Tom Green counties, respectively.

The Runnels County Cotton Field Tour starts at 9 a.m. at the Runnels County Courthouse in Ballinger. Participants will then travel to the Paul Minzenmayer Farm (County Road 348 and State U.S. Highway 83) for a tour to include a dryland cotton variety test and harvest-aid demonstration.

The Runnels County Tour will conclude with a talk on cotton root rot research, updates on Texas Department of Agriculture laws and regulations, and a complementary meal at Old St. Mary’s Hall in Ballinger. Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be provided for those who attend the entire tour (1 Laws and Regulations, and 1 General).

The Tom Green County Cotton Field 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 765, east of San Angelo.

The Wilde farm tour includes an irrigated cotton variety test and a plant growth regulator trial.

Participants will then travel to the Chris Bubenik Farm at Hawk Avenue and Penny Lane to view another cotton variety test. A harvest-aid demonstration location will be announced at the Bubenik Farm.

The tour will conclude with a talk on cotton root rot research, updates on Texas Department of Agriculture laws and regulations and a complimentary meal at St. Ambrose Parish Hall. Texas Department of Agriculture will offer 2.5 continuing education units (1.5 General and 1 Laws and Regulations) for those attending the entire tour.

For more information and to RSVP for either of the tours, call the Extension office in Runnels County at 325-365-2219, the Extension office in Tom Green County.