Last year's historic drought in Texas was without mercy, and recovery is going to take a lot of time and effort.
Range and pasture drought recovery will be the subject of a Texas AgriLife Extension Service seminar slated for 8:30 a.m. to noon on April 26 at the Lawrence Hall Activity Center in Anson, Texas.
"There are a number of drought recovery seminars taking place across the state with similar topics, but ours is unique to Jones County and the surrounding area," says Steve Estes, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Jones County. "Hopefully, we will continue to receive some moisture, and the lessons we've learned from the drought and fires from last year, coupled with the information from this seminar will help landowners improve their properties for the future."
Topics and their presenters include: "Managing Warm-Season Forages," with information on soil fertility and forage quality by Dr. David Drake, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agronomist, of San Angelo; "Managing Weed Competition to Maximize Forage Growth," from Ralph Porter of Dow AgroSciences, Abilene; and Dr. Alyson McDonald, Texas AgriLife Extension Service range specialist, based at Fort Stockton, discussing "Grass Recovery Following Drought, Fire, and Adverse Conditions," "Natural and Artificial Reseeding of Pasture," and "Toxic Plant Management." Also on the program, Dr. Darrell Ueckert, Texas AgriLife Research range scientist, emeritus, of Noodle, will discuss "Effects of Pasture Ripping Following Drought;" while Mark Rowlett, chief meteorologist, KTXS-TV will talk about the "Seasonal Weather Outlook—Patterns and Predictions."
The seminar will conclude with a catered noon meal. Individual pre-registration is $10. An RSVP for the April 26 seminar is requested by April 23, which can be done by calling the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Jones County at 325-823-2432. The Texas Department of Agriculture will be offering continuing education units for a private applicator license, two of the CEUs ion integrated pest management and one in general.