AgriLife Extension’s Lower Rolling Plains Agricultural Conference set for Wednesday

SNYDER – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the annual multi-county Lower Rolling Plains Agricultural Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 at the Scurry Coliseum, 900 E. Coliseum Drive in Snyder.“The conference updates our region’s producers on many of  the major issues they may face during the upcoming growing season,” said Zach Wilcox, AgriLife Extension agent in Nolan County.“The topics will range from cotton economics to guar and sesame production,” he said. “As has become our tradition, AgriLife Extension agents in the participating counties have made every effort to pinpoint information our producers really need. And while much of the information is very important here, a lot of it can be applied anywhere in the state.”Topics during the morning’s general session will include: cotton and grain economics, laws and regulations and the weather-cycle outlook.Following a catered lunch, the program will split into concurrent A and B sessions.Session A presentations will be: Weed Management Strategies for 2013 and the Importance of Water Quality on Herbicide Efficacy; Deep Sampling of Nitrogen and Cotton Variety Trial Results; Guar and Sesame Production, and an Integrated Pest Management Update.Session B presentations will include: Cow Herd Management; Overview of Research at the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch; Weed and Brush Control in Range and Pastures; Bermuda Grass  Production and Sand Burr Control and Cattle Health Management.Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered; 1.5 general, 1 one laws and regulations and one integrated pest management.Those needing a new Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator’s license can receive the necessary training from 9 a.m. to noon with the testing to follow at 1 p.m. For this training, RSVP by April 1 by calling 325-573-5423.Individual registration for the Ag Conference or the Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator training is $25 at the door and includes lunch.For more information and to register, call either the AgriLife Extension office in Nolan County at 325-236-6912 or Scurry County at 325-573-5423.AgriLife Extension offices conducting the program are in Borden, Fisher, Garza, Mitchell, Lynn, Nolan and Scurry counties.