You can get the latest word on better forage production at the 2013 Forage Seminar with registration at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 7 in the First Baptist Church Family Life Center at 301 North Main in Cross Plains, Texas.
After registration, the program will begin at 9 a.m. Gerald Hobson, veteran forage and pasture/range expert with DuPont of Peaster, Texas, will discuss forage insects, grasshopper control, and winter weed management.
At 10 a.m., Robert Frost, USDA Farm Service Agency executive director, and Sammy Wilson, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service district conservationist, will give FSA and NRCS program updates, respectively.
Following at 10:45 a.m. Dr. Tony Provin, director of the Soil, Water and Forage testing laboratory at College Station, Texas, will take a look at soil, water, and hay testing.
Following an 11:45 a.m. break for lunch, Dr. David Drake, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomy specialist, with headquarters at San Angelo, will talk about wheat variety test plot results for the region, reporting the performance of some of the better varieties. Drake will speak at 12:45 p.m.
Will Hatler, Texas AgriLife Extension Service program specialist, Stephenville, will speak at 1:30 p.m. Hatler will discuss brush control tools and also give a report on herbicide test results.
Paul Weiser of the Texas Department of Agriculture will follow at 2 p.m. with a discussion of laws and regulations that producers need to be aware of for their operations.
Registration cost for the forage seminar is just $20 for those that pre-register by Feb. 3. But after Feb. 3, the fee will be $25 for those paying at the door on the day of the seminar.
The registration fee includes both the seminar as well as the lunch.
Five continuing education units will be awarded to attendees.
You can pre-register for the seminar by calling the Callahan County Extension Service office in Baird at 325-854-5835.