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East Texas Pasture Management Program set Feb. 21 at Overton

OVERTON, February 5, 2014— Each year, the program planners for the East Texas Pasture Management Program try to cover new topics and expand on older ones, according to Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist, Overton.

The 2014 program will be held Feb. 21 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton. This year’s program will offer the latest in management strategies and a newly updated herbicide price-comparison CD, which is included with registration.

Advance registration is $25; $30 at the door. To register in advance, go to https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and enter the keyword “pasture” or call Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Conference Services at 979-845-2604. Registration at the door will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the program adjourning at 6 p.m.

The CD contains a herbicide list containing the latest information on cost, active ingredients and rates of 25 herbicides and 15 insecticides widely used on pastures and hay fields, said Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, and one of the program presenters.

“The CD will help you make more economical choices when selecting an herbicide,” Corriher-Olson said.

Also on the program will be presentations including hands-on weed identification, grasshopper and fall armyworm control, spray adjuvants and additives, and “Chemicals and hormones: They are everywhere!”

The later presentation will be given by Banta.

“Among other things, I am going to talk about how all things have hormones, and how they are required for life; there’s no such thing as hormone free,” Banta said.

In the same presentation, Banta will explain how nitrogen from synthetic fertilizers and organic fertilizers is actually the same, depending on where you look at it in the production cycle.

Attendees can earn five continuing education units toward the renewal of their Texas Department of Agriculture private applicator’s licenses, one hour in laws and regulations, one in integrated pest management and three in the general category.

The Overton center is about 2 miles north of Overton on 1710 Farm-to-Market Road 3053. For maps and detailed driving directions, go to http://overton.tamu.edu and click on “Info, Maps and History,” or call Michelle Sensing at 903-834-6191 for more information.

 

Article by Robert Burns

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