Extension Agent: Olive orchard management program

By Peter J. McGuill
May 13, 2014 at 12:13 a.m.

Prospective and current olive growers will have an opportunity to learn about the opportunities and challenges of growing olives in a special orchard management training May 29.

"Olive orchard management: planning, practices and challenges" is being presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension fruit crops specialists Larry Stein, Jim Kamas and Monte Nesbitt, who will review soil and site preparation, irrigation and nutrition, varieties, disease control, weed management and other topics important to growing olives in Texas.

The program is sponsored by the Texas Olive Oil Council, which recently coordinated an educational training in California for a small contingency of Texas olive growers, AgriLife specialists and county agents. Participants in the May 29 program in Victoria will have an opportunity to hear what was observed on the California tour.

Meeting participants will also visit a new high-density olive orchard near Victoria being planted by Texas Olive Ranch, which has additional production orchards in the Carrizo Springs area.

Registration fee is $20 per person. The event will be at the Victoria Educational Gardens Pavilion, 283 Bachelor Drive, located at the Victoria Regional Airport across from the air control tower.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. May 29, and the educational program starts at 9 a.m.

Two continuing education units (one general, one integrated pest management) are being offered for Texas Department of Agriculture private, commercial and noncommercial licensed pesticide applicators. Persons interested in attending are asked to contact the Victoria County Extension Office to preregister to assist with meal planning by calling 361-575-4581 or email pjmcguill@ag.tamu.edu.

Beef Industry Tour - June 3

The Victoria County Extension Beef, Range and Pasture Committee is hosting a Beef Industry Tour for beef cattle producers June 3. The tour group will travel by van to Sam Kane Beef Processors in Corpus Christi and the King Ranch in Kingsville.

This event will allow producers to gain a better understanding and appreciation for the various segments of the beef industry as well as improve their breadth of knowledge as it relates to genetic selection as well as the latest technologies available to cattle producers at all levels of production.

The tour will depart from the Victoria 4-H Activity Center at 8 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m. The registration fee for this event is $60 per person and is limited to the first 25 that register. Deadline to register is May 28. For more information or to register for this event, call the Victoria County Extension Office at 361-575-4581 or email pjmcguill@ag.tamu.edu.

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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