Extension Agent: Field and pasture update

By Peter McGuill
March 19, 2013 at midnight
Updated March 18, 2013 at 10:19 p.m.

Dry skies and high winds have been the story for the past several weeks in the Crossroads. Although the dry conditions have allowed ample time for farmers to plant all of their corn and most of the grain sorghum, most would like to see a good, traditional spring rain to provide the moisture necessary to get those crops off to a good start.

Pastures and hay meadows are in much the same condition. Soil temperatures are moving upward, and warm season grasses are beginning to show more color. An inch or two of rain would go a long way in providing substantial early-season, high-quality forage growth for hay production or to replace the high-cost feeds that are required to provide winter nutrition to the cow herd.

The past few years have been a struggle in the agricultural community as a result of the drought that has gripped much of South Texas. As we begin the growing season of 2013, I hope and pray that this year brings ample rainfall for an abundant harvest.

Coastal Bend Grain Storage and Handlers Safety Conference

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in San Patricio, Nueces and Refugio counties will host the Coastal Bend Grain Storage and Handlers Safety Conference at the San Patricio County Civic Center, 219 W. 5th St., Sinton, on April 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With safety an ever-present issue in and around grain storage facilities, management, employees and farms with on-site grain storage units can benefit from various safety-related topics and demonstrations slated for the daylong program.

Topics include: Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance, safety hazard review, grain dust research and hazards, grain engulfment hazards, heat stress prevention, grain storage insect management, fall protection and fire extinguisher safety.

Pre-registration is required, so RSVP by April 17 by calling 361-364-6234. There will be a fee of $20 payable at the door, and a catered lunch will be provided. There will also be three Continuing Education Units offered for Texas Department of Agriculture commercial, noncommercial and private licensed pesticide applicators.

Peter McGuill is the Victoria County Extension agent.



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