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Extension Agent: Vegetable-production seminar

Feb. 15, 2011 at midnight
Updated Feb. 14, 2011 at 8:15 p.m.

Joe Janak

By Joe Janak, Jr. The Victoria County Farmer's Market Association is holding a vegetable-production seminar on Friday, at the 4-H Activity Center, 259 Bachelor Drive. Anyone interested in picking up some gardening tips or joining the Farmers Market Association to sell vegetables and other farm produce at the Victoria Farmers Market is invited to attend the meeting. The seminar will offer 1.5 TDA CEU's - I General, IPM.

Registration opens at 1 p.m.; program starts at 1:15 p.m. Topics include vegetable research at Texas A&M University, presented by Dr. Stephen King, associate professor of Vegetable Breeding and Genetics at Texas A&M University-College Station. Additionally, I will be presenting local research results from 2010's Victoria County trials of watermelon and cantaloupe grafting onto wild smellmelon rootstock. Sara Janak, president of the local association will then conduct a short business meeting.

GULF COAST COTTON WORKSHOP

The first in a series of Gulf Coast cotton management workshops will be held on Feb. 25, at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center on state Highway 44, just west of the Corpus Christi Airport. The focus of the first workshop will be the "Pre-season Planning to Emergence" period. With cotton prices currently at record levels, it is important to fine tune cotton production needs to be as efficient as possible to take advantage of the excellent prices. This workshop is designed to provide cotton growers with tools to help them be successful in the coming growing season.

The workshop will be from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Topics include a discussion of weed management to avoid the growing herbicide resistance problem emerging in the cotton belt by Dr. Peter Dotray, associate professor of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech University. Representatives from cottonseed companies will discuss cotton cultivars for the 2011 season.

Locally-developed online management tools available at the Crop Weather Program website will be discussed and demonstrated. Agronomic considerations for producing a good cotton crop will also be discussed, including temperature and soil moisture effects on germination along with seeding rates and final lint yields. Early insect management will also be reviewed, including seed treatments and their role for early-season insect protection.

The session will conclude with a discussion on cotton prices and marketing strategies for the upcoming crop. Three CEU's will be offered for pesticide applicators and certified crop advisers.

TWO HORSE WORKSHOPS

Two equine workshops conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are scheduled Feb. 24-25 in College Station. A mare/foal workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Louis Pearce Pavilion on the Texas A&M University campus. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

Topics and presenters include herd health and immunizations, Dr. Mike Martin, College of Veterinary Medicine, large animal clinical services; feeding broodmares and foals, Dr. Dennis Sigler, AgriLife Extension horse specialist; estrous cycle, Dr. Clay Cavinder, Texas A&M department of animal science; breeding management considerations for mare owners, Dr. Martha Vogelsang, Texas A&M department of animal science; foal health, Dr. Tracey Norman, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, large animal clinical services; parturition, signs of foaling, Kelly Winsco, graduate student, Texas A&M department of animal science; and live demonstrations of preparation for breeding, breeding techniques and foal handling, Krissy Schroeder and department of animal science horse faculty.

A "Back to Basics" horse short course follows this event Feb. 24-25 also at the Louis Pearce Pavilion. Registration begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 24, and at 7 p.m., Sigler will present "Effective Round Pen Work for Starting the Young Performance Horse and Retraining the Older Horse." The workshop continues at 8 a.m. Feb. 25 with registration and the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 5 p.m.

Topics and presenters include herd health and immunizations, Martin; foot-care basics for the horse owner, Jason Wilson-Maki, certified farrier, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine; nutrition of the working horse, Dr. Josie Coverdale, Texas A&M department of animal science; selection of performance prospects, Cavinder; physical conditioning principles of horses, Vogelsang; and basic safety around horses, Teri Antilley, AgriLife Extension program specialist. Live training demonstrations will also be featured.

Online registration for either workshop is $40 through Feb. 18 and $60 at the door. To register for both workshops, cost is $70 through Feb. 18 and $100 at the door. To register, visit https://agrilifevents.tamu.edu/.

Joe Janak is a Victoria County extension agent.

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