Extension Agent: DeWitt County Row Crops Committee hosts row crops tour

By Anthony Netardus

The 2011 DeWitt County Row Crops Committee will host its annual crops tour on June 14. As a result of the severe spring drought, the tour has "morphed" into an indoor educational program. The program will begin at 3 p.m. at the Gruenau Hall, eight miles north of Yorktown off of Farm-to-Market Road 108. Registration is from 2:30 to 3 p.m.

As a result of the tremendous oil and gas activity in DeWitt County, and especially in the western part of the county, the crops committee decided to have this program focus on issues related to oil and gas.

As a result, the featured speaker will be Judon Fambrough, senior lecturer with the Texas A&M University Real Estate Center. His presentation will be "Negotiating Pipeline Easements in Lieu of Condemnation." It will include a discussion of the three stages involved in the condemnation process as outlined in Chapter 21 of the Texas Property Code and what items can be negotiated in each stage.

The program will then shift to understanding the proposed easement agreement from the condemner as to what items can be condemned and what items can be negotiated. This portion of the program focuses on discussing at least 20 items that need addressing and why it is essential to address them. A good addendum is worth a few extra dollars when you consider moving forward in the condemnation process.

Other topics and guest speakers for the program include the following:

"Forage Insect Pests to Expect This Season, " Dr. Roy Parker, extension entomologist

"Land and Livestock Considerations during Drought," Dr. Megan Dominguez, extension range specialist

"Farm Service Agency Updates," - Grady Kelley, DeWitt/Karnes FSA director

The crops tour is sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service of DeWitt County, the DeWitt County Row Crops Committee and the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.

Row Crops Committee members are Carroll Blank, Ben Hahn, Michael Chumchal, Carl Blank, Joseph Respondek and Chad Hahn.

Special thanks goes to the following financial sponsors of the tour: Yorktown Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture; Migl Feed and Grain - Hallettsville; Yoakum Grain Company; DeWitt County Producers Association - Cuero; Farmers Crop Insurance - Placedo; Davy Ranch Supply LLC - William Warwas; Capital Farm Credit - Kenedy; Franke Farm Services - Yorktown; and DeWitt County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The program will conclude with a sausage supper for $5 at the Gruenau Hall from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

There will be two CEU's offered for private, commercial and non-commercial applicators license holders.

For more information, call Anthony Netardus at the DeWitt County Extension Office at 361-275-0816.

Anthony Netardus is a DeWitt County Extension Agent - Agriculture. Billy Kniffen, water resource specialist for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, also contributed to this article.