The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a Multi-County Forage Seminar starting at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 7 at the First Baptist Church in Cross Plains, Texas.
"The goal of this program is to provide producers with information on forage management strategies to help them produce uniform, high-quality forage to meet their production goals," says Jerry Warren, AgriLife Extension agent, Callahan County.
David Drake, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agronomist, San Angelo, will discuss several winter wheat varieties for the area and also talk about evaluating forage hay quality. Chris Sansone, AgriLife Extension entomologist, also of San Angelo, will address the drought's effects on insects for this year's small grains and forage crops.
Attendees also will hear about the financial assistance that is available for farmers and ranchers with presentations from Ricky Young, farm loan manager, and Michelle Kayga, both of the Farm Service Agency in Albany.
Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist, San Angelo, will look at the coming cost/price squeeze that producers will face with their replacement cattle. Charles Hart, Texas AgriLife Extension range specialist, Stephenville, will talk about performing brush control on pasture and range land during a drought, and also discuss herbicide application techniques and calibration.
Jan Hatler, with the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) in Lubbock, will explain the current laws and regulations for pesticide applicators that attendees will need to know.
The Multi-County Forage Seminar is being conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service offices in Callahan, Brown, Coleman, and Eastland counties. Individual pre-registration is just $15 if it is completed by Feb. 3, but $20 thereafter or at the door on the day of the forage seminar in Cross Plains.
For much more information on the forage seminar, you can contact Jerry Warren at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Callahan County by calling 325-854-5835.