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Crop production seminars in 38 locations set for Dec. 20

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Weed Scientist Peter Dotray, Texas Tech University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, right, visits with producers at an AgriLife field day this summer. During the Dec. 20 virtual seminar, he will be discussing management of resistant weeds and new technologies. The virtual seminar can be viewed at 38 in-person locations across the Texas Panhandle and South Plains.
Texas AgriLife Extension offers virtual seminar at locations across the Panhandle and South Plains. A Q&A time with the specialists will be available.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host the AgriLife Extension Crop Production and Protection Seminar Dec. 20 at locations across the Panhandle and South Plains.

The speakers will be virtual, but AgriLife Extension county agents in almost every county of the agency’s District 1, headquartered in Amarillo, and District 2, headquartered in Lubbock, will host an in-person event for producers to attend, said Danny Nusser, AgriLife Extension program leader for the North Region.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at each location. The fees and lunch arrangements will vary from location to location. A complete list of the 38 locations and contacts for more information is available at

See, Red River Crops Conference slated for Jan. 18-19, 2023

“We want to ensure everyone across the region has the same opportunity to interact with these experts, get cutting-edge information, and obtain needed CEUs,” Nusser said.

swfp-shelley-huguley-calvin-trostle-hemp-20.jpgAgronomist and State Hemp Specialist Calvin Trostle, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will discuss feed grains, silage and forage at the Dec. 20 meeting. (Photo by Shelley E. Huguley)

He said they will utilize the Microsoft Teams platform to bring all the speakers together from across the state without making anyone travel any further than their home county. Participants will be able to ask questions of the speakers at each location.

Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – one general, two integrated pest management, one drift and one laws and regulations – will be offered at each location.

On the agenda

The program will begin at 9 a.m. The following topics and speakers are on the agenda:

  • Laws and regulations: TDA guidelines for licensing, Mark Matocha, AgriLife Extension agricultural and environmental unit pesticide safety education specialist, Bryan-College Station.
  • What goes into selecting a variety? Ensuring seed quality and a good stand   
            – Cotton, Craig Bednarz, crop physiologist with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and West Texas A&M University, Canyon.
            – Feed grains/silage/forage, Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock.

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  • What protection can you count on with insect technologies?
            – Understanding Gene Transfer and Protection, David Kerns, AgriLife Extension state integrated pest management coordinator, Bryan-College Station.
            — Seed/in-furrow treatments for pests, Blayne Reed, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent in Hale County.swfp-shelley-huguley-blayne-reed.jpg
    Extension IPM Agent Blayne Reed will discuss seed and in-furrow treatments for pests during the Dec. 20 seminar. (Photo by Shelley E. Huguley)
  •         — Efficacy of pesticides and economic thresholds, Pat Porter, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Lubbock.  
  • Plant health and protection decisions related to disease, viruses and nematodes
            — Cotton planting decisions, prevention measures, etc., Terry Wheeler, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist, Lubbock.
            — Corn/sorghum prevention, awareness, control, Thomas Isakeit, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist, Bryan-College Station.
            — Small grains identification, prevention, control, Ken Obasa, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist, Amarillo.
  • Management of resistant weeds and new technologies, Peter Dotray, AgriLife Research weed scientist, Lubbock
Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Research, AgriLife Today
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