A Range and Pasture Workshop by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Schleicher and Sutton Counties is 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Schleicher County Civic Center, 427 U.S. Highway 277 in Eldorado.
"We have a pretty varied slate of topics scheduled for this program," says Anthony Munoz, AgriLife Extension agent in Schleicher County.
"Parts of the state have had good rains and even made hay," Munoz says. "Those of us in areas where we're looking to buy hay have a little more opportunity to be selective, as last year it was more 'take what you can get.' We've asked Dr. David Drake, AgriLife Extension agronomist at San Angelo, to discuss how to address the question of hay quality and to provide techniques for properly collecting hay samples for folks needing to test for protein, nitrates, etc."
Mesquite brush is a concern.
"The areas of bare ground caused by last year's drought gave mesquite an opening for this year's good crop of mesquite beans to sprout," Munoz adds. "Dr. Bob Lyons, AgriLife Extension range specialist at Uvalde, will offer his opinion on the survivability of the multitude of seedlings which have sprung up. He will also elaborate on how to content with those that do survive the oncoming cold season."
Other speakers will include Allison Watkins, AgriLife Extension horticulturist in Tom Green County, who will talk about home and landscape pests, along with control options, Munoz says. Cory Pence of the Texas Department of Agriculture will speak on pesticide laws and regulations.
"These last two topics should interest our ag audience, but also those with landscape management responsibilities," Munoz says.
Five continuing education units from the Texas Department of Agriculture will be obtainable for those with a valid private applicators license.
Individual pre-registration is $20 by Nov. 19 or $25 thereafter. The fee includes lunch.
To pre-register or for more information, contact the AgriLife Extension offices in Schleicher or Sutton counties at 325-853-2132 or 325-387-3101, respectively.