The 2013 East Texas Turfgrass Conference is slated for Feb. 7 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center two miles north of Overton on FM 3053. This annual event will showcase new turfgrass varieties, advice on improving irrigation efficiency, and much more.
The conference is primarily designed for professionals who maintain school district grounds, city parks and recreation facilities, as well as commercial lawn and landscape company workers. But the program is open to the public, as well, says Randy Reeves, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Harrison County and one of the program coordinators.
Registration for the conference is just $30, and will include a great fried catfish lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and will be payable at the door on the day of the event. Reeves emphasized that credit cards will not be accepted; only cash or checks.
Holders of Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide application licenses can earn five continuing education units, with three hours of CEUs in the general category, and an hour each in integrated pest management and also laws and regulations.
Participants holding structural pest control licenses will earn four CEUs, one each in the general, integrated pest management, laws and regulations, and weed control strategies.
Dr. Richard White, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist from College Station who specializes in turfgrass physiology and management, will conduct two of the presentations. One will be on more efficient irrigation practices and the other on choosing turfgrass for East Texas.
White's talk on irrigation practices will include information on using historical average water needs as a predictor of actual plant water needs, and cycling irrigation units to prevent runoff.
Many other top specialists also are on the program. The conference will adjourn at 3:45 p.m.
For more information, call Reeves at 903-935-8413.