Each year, the program planners for the East Texas Pasture Management Program try to cover new topics or at least examine older topics from new angles, according to Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist, Overton.
This year's program, slated from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton is no exception, Corriher-Olson says.
One of the new topics Corriher-Olson will be presenting is "Fertilizer Best Management Practices and Products That Are Too Good To Be True."
"Every year, products come out that seem too good to be true, but in times of crisis, as during a drought, we seem to see a lot more of them," she says. "And often, as they are 'new,' these are the first products seen when you walk into the feed store."
Corriher-Olson says not all these product claims are outlandish, but most often they are. She will be evaluating many of the new arrivals on the market and offering guidelines on how producers can make their own evaluations.
But the most common guideline is common sense, she assures.
"As my mother told me, 'If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,'" Corriher-Olson says.
Registration is $25 online up until Feb. 21 or $30 at the door on the day of the Feb. 22 event.
To register online, you can go to agriliferegister.tamu.edu and enter the keyword "pasture."
The training will start at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 22 with check-in and registration. Registration will include break refreshments, educational materials, and an herbicide price-comparison CD.
Corriher-Olson adds that the price-comparison CD also has been updated for 2013.
"The CD will help you make more economical choices when selecting an herbicide," she says.
For more information, you can call 903-834-6191.