Matt Bochat

Matt Bochat

What a difference a year makes in agriculture. We have had some really good rains early that delayed the planting of various crops.

When we were able to get them all planted, they all did quite well. Decisions on plantings include land rotation, commodity prices and expenses. Farmers usually plant fields in a rotation of cotton, corn and grain sorghum.

Most of the farming in Victoria County happens in the southern portion. The county still boasts a hefty agricultural income, about $70 million encompassing some 70,000 acres in cultivation. The trend across the U.S is for farming operations to get bigger. We are steadily losing farmers. However, farming operations are getting larger and more efficient with more acres in cultivation.

Consequently, the Victoria County Crops Committee has put together the Victoria County Crops Tour for June 18. We will begin the day with registration at 1 p.m. at Hermann Sons Hall in DaCosta. The program will start at 1:30 p.m. with Stephen Biles, County Extension Agent – IPM, discussing row crop integrated pest management and the new gene drive program. Melissa Barton, Texas Department of Agriculture Inspector, will follow with a discussion of pesticide laws and regulations. Next, Josh McGinty, Extension Agronomist, will discuss herbicide application in fields to minimize drift.

The field tour will begin about 4:15 p.m. and will include two stops where various field demonstrations will be discussed. A management discussion of herbicides for various field problems will be conducted by McGinty.

The tour should wrap up at 6 p.m. with a sponsored meal back at DaCosta hall. The event will also provide 3 hours (1 hour IPM, 1 hour laws and regulations and 1 hour general) of continuing education credit for pesticide applicator recertification.

Thanks to all of our sponsors for this event. These agribusiness sponsors provide the resources to make this event free to the public.

Please RSVP to our office before Monday if you plan to attend. If you need more information about the Victoria County Crops Tour, please give us a call at the Victoria County Extension Office at 361-575-4581. We look forward to seeing you at the tour.

Matt Bochat is a County Extension Agent – Ag/Natural Resources Victoria County Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.

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