It's going to be everything you wanted to know about ponds and more. The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will be holding a special Pond Management Program from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 27 at Brehm Farms off 7871 Farm-to-Market Road 775 in New Berlin, Texas.
The program will be presented by Texas AgriLife Extension Service offices in Atascosa, Bexar, Guadalupe, and Wilson counties. Much of the program will focus upon the effects of last year's drought on multitudes of ponds throughout the state of Texas. Last year represented the worst stretch of drought in Texas history, with great damage across the entire state from farm and ranch land, to cropland and the many ponds.
"This past spring and summer was an experience no one wants to go through again," says Bryan Davis, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Bexar County. "One of the many problems from the extreme drought was dried-up farm ponds. In terms of pond management, it's best to plan for the worst and hope for the best."
Davis says the many program topics will include pond fertilization techniques, aquatic weed identification and control, restocking ponds after the drought, and dealing with predator management problems near ponds.
"Attendees are encouraged to bring samples of any pond weeds they want identified the day of the program," Davis points out. "We also suggest attendees wear cool, comfortable clothing, and bring their own lawn chair since we'll be outside all morning for program presentations."
Attendees with Texas Department of Agriculture commercial, non-commercial, and private applicator licenses are eligible for three continuing education units. Two the CEUs will be in the general category and one will be in the integrated pest management. Registration is $10 and attendees are required to pre-register by April 25 by contacting the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office for Bexar County by calling 210-467-6575 or the Guadalupe County AgriLife Extension office at 830-303-3889.