DeWitt County crop tour set

June 17, 2017 at 5:51 p.m.

The DeWitt County Row Crops Committee will host its annual Crops Tour on Tuesday.

The program will begin at 3 p.m. at the City Park Pavilion in Yorktown. Registration will be between 2 and 3 p.m. Following the tour stops the program will conclude at Gruenau Hall, 8 miles north of Yorktown off Farm-to-Market Road 108.

After a welcome and overview, the tour will begin at the Joseph Respondek farm to view and discuss the grain sorghum hybrid test plot.

The tour will then proceed to the Ben Hahn farm to demonstrate the use of drones to evaluate crop damage. This demonstration will be conducted by Brian Yanta, Goliad County Ag Extension agent. Later on at the Gruenau Hall, Yanta will give a program on "Using Drones in Agricultural Operations," according to a news release from the DeWitt County Extension office.

The third and final stop will be at the Fred and Chad Hahn farm to view and discuss the corn hybrid test plot. Anthony Netardus, DeWitt County Ag Extension agent, will be the moderator at the three stops, with guest speakers at the row crop stops being Josh McGinty, AgriLife Extension agronomist; Robert Bowling, AgriLife Extension entomologist; and corn and grain sorghum seed representatives.

After the three tour stops, the tour will then proceed to the Gruenau Hall, where there will be a few brief programs prior to the drone program.

An FSA program update will be presented by Grady Kelley, DeWitt County Farm Service Agency director. An NRCS program update will be presented by Wynne Whitworth, Natural Resource Conservation Service director. Also, Carl Bowen, DeWitt County Sheriff, will give a program on "Practices for Reducing Farm and Ranch Theft."

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

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

Financial sponsors include First National Bank of Beeville, Yorktown branch; Cuero National Bank; Yoakum National Bank; Citizens Bank, Yorktown branch; Trust Texas Bank in Cuero; Matlock and Associates in Edna; Bayer Crop Science; Yorktown Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture; and DeWitt County Soil and Water Conservation District.

The program will conclude with the traditional sausage supper at the Gruenau Hall from 6:30 to 7 p.m. A fee of $5 per person will be charged. Three CEU's will be offered for private, commercial and non-commercial applicators license holders.

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



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