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Extension Agent: County crop will feature demonstrations, updates and several special events

June 7, 2011 at 1:07 a.m.

Joe Janak

By Joe Janak

The Victoria County Extension Crops Committee plans to showcase the county crop tour next week on June 16. Keith Johnson, local farmer and chairman of the committee and educational tour, invites all whom are interested in agriculture to attend the tour. Numerous crop demonstrations, updates and several special events will be featured on this year's tour.

The tour will feature the following crop demonstrations: Nearly 60 corn, cotton, grain sorghum and soybean varieties with 25 soybean varieties planted three times at two-week intervals, soybean fungicide trials, soybean micronutrient applications, and various fertility rates applied to corn, grain sorghum and soybeans. Additionally, eight varieties of sunflowers are being grown and testing for their high oleic acid content will be shown.

A highlight of this year's tour will be a special tribute to Victoria County farmers. All farmers who actively farm row crops in Victoria County are urged to attend as they will receive special recognition at this year's tour. Victoria County has about 75 row crop farmers, who are actively engaged in crop production. This is not counting the landlords who are also a part of that system. Farming has advanced tremendously over the past years. According to national statistics, each farmer now produces enough food and fiber for more than 155 people. The special recognition will highlight that aspect and the importance of agriculture and farming in our community and the economy.

Additional presentations include Dennis DeLaughter, market analyst with Progressivefutures.com, of Edna, addressing the "Crop Market Outlook - The Coming Crisis." Extension Entomologist Dr. Roy Parker will highlight new advances in crop pest protection. Dr. Dan Fromme, Extension Agronomist, will address agronomic issues, including drought-stressed crops and potential for nitrate and prussic acid poisoning. Dr. Tom Isakeit, Extension pathologist, will discuss the potential for aflatoxin in corn in 2011 and other crop diseases.

The Victoria County Crop Tour will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Sons of Hermann Hall in DaCosta, about seven miles south of Victoria on state Highway 87. It will conclude with a fish fry dinner at about 6:30 p.m. There is a $5 per person admission charge at the door.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the event will be recognized and can do so by donating $75, $150, $250 or more toward the tour. Donations should be sent by Friday to Victoria Crops Committee, 528 Waco Circle, Victoria, TX 77904.

The crop tour will offer two TDA CEUs; one in IPM, and one in general. Anyone is invited to attend, but urged to call 361-575-4581 by noon June 14, to assist the committee in planning the event. Attendees are urged to use the two buses provided for tour transportation and alleviate traffic and congestion problems on the tour.

VICTORIA EXTENSION OFFICE MOVES

The Victoria County Extension office moved last week to 528 Waco Circle, about two blocks west of our former location at the Victoria airport.

For more information, call 361-575-4581 or email victoria@ag.tamu.edu.

Joe Janak is a Victoria County extension agent.

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