2010-05-28 / Community News

Field Day Scheduled

New cotton systems, row-crop fertility issues and herbicide-tolerant sorghum are a few of the topics that headline the 47th Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled June 15. The event is free. The Stiles Farm is located at 5700 FM Road 1063, near the intersection of US Hwy 79 and FM Road 1063, one mile east of Thrall. Check-in starts at 7:45 a.m.; tours begin at 8:30 am with the following scheduled presentations:

- herbicide-tolerant sorghum and new weed technology, Dr. Paul Baumann, Texas AgriLife Extension Service weed specialist

-row-crop fertility issues-nutrient availability, Dr. Mark McFarland, AgriLife Extension soil fertility weed specialist

- new cotton systems, Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension cotton specialist

-cotton root rot update, Dr. Tom Isakeit, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist

-variety testing in Texas-grains, Dennis Pietsch, research associate specializing in crop testing with Texas AgriLife Research

-variety testing in Texas-cotton, Dr. C. Wayne Smith, professor of cotton breeding, Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Science

At noon, youth scholarships will be presented and the Taylor Agriculturalist of the Year will be named for 2010. A barbecue meal will follow, sponsored by the Taylor Chamber of Commerce.

Afternoon sessions will begin at 1:30 p.m. featuring the following topics:

- equipment demonstrations featuring strip-till equipment, sprayers, guidance systems and more

- seedless watermelon production, Bob Whitney AgriLife Extension agent for Williamson County

- strip-till field studies featuring personnel from the Stiles Farm Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resource Conservation Service

Producers with a Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator license will receive three continuing education units for attending the field day. Three commercial crop advisor units will also be available.

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.

RSVP to the Lee County Extension office (979-542-2753) by Friday, June 11.

Keeton Ehrig, Lee County Extension Agent, Agriculture/Natural Resources, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M University System, 310 South Grimes, Giddings TX 78942.

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