Extension Agent: Victoria County Crop Tour on tap

By Peter J. McGuill
May 28, 2013 at 12:28 a.m.

Victoria County farmers and ranchers are enduring a continuation of the long lasting drought that has gripped the area. So far, this year has been plagued with weather related challenges.

Dry soils are the most limiting factor, but cooler than normal soil and air temperatures during and after planting time limited the plants, early growth and development of both warm season pasture grasses and row crops.

As any successful business person will tell you, it is during the trying times that you must challenge yourself to make necessary adjustments, learn how to do things better and put yourself in a good position to capitalize on opportunities as they present themselves.

In an effort to provide production education to farmers and ranchers, the Victoria County Extension Crops Committee and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Victoria County Crops Tour on June 13 at the Sons of Hermann Hall in DaCosta. Registration for the pre-tour educational program will be at 1:30 p.m.

Pre-tour educational program topics include Aflatoxin Management in corn, strategies for brush control, grain marketing and risk management. The bus tour begins at 3:30 p.m. with stops that include applied research projects in corn, grain sorghum, cotton and sunflower. A meal will be provided at the conclusion of the tour featuring area grown produce and fried fish.

Three Continuing Education Credits for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicators will be awarded at this event. There is a $10 registration fee that will be collected at registration.

For more information, contact the extension office at 979-575-4581 or email pjmcguill@ag.tamu.edu.

Pesticide applicator training

Mark your calendar for the upcoming Pesticide Applicator Training and Testing on June 27 for those producers needing to acquire a pesticide applicator license. More information will be coming in my next column.

Until then, pray for more rain.

Peter J. McGuill is the Victoria County extension agent - ag and natural resources. Contact him at 361-575-4581 or pjmcguill@ag.tamu.edu.



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