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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

RESCHEDULED - Grain Handlers Conference and Western Rice Belt Conference

Howdy everyone,

The Grain Handlers Conference and Western Rice Belt Conference were cancelled this week, and have been rescheduled for next week. The Western Rice Belt Conference will on Wednesday the 24th, and the Grain Handlers Conference will be on Thursday the 25th. Please see the updated fliers below.



Stay warm, everyone!

Kate

Friday, January 12, 2018

Grain Handlers Conference and Western Rice Belt Conference

Howdy everyone,

  Dr. Bowling recently posted another addition to his Rolling with Bowling covering some good information on entomopathogenic fungi, specifically fungi that kill sugarcane aphids. His article and a some great video footage of the fungus can be found here.
  We have two conferences coming up next week, The Grain Handler's Conference (5 CEUs) and the Western Rice Belt Conference (2 CEUs). Please check out Corrie's news releases on these events and the flyers below. Stay warm this weekend!

Sincerely,

Kate


25th Annual Upper Gulf Coast Grain Handlers Conference - January 16, 2018
By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

The 25th annual Upper Gulf Coast Grain Handlers Conference will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at the El Campo Civic Center.  Kicking off with registration at 8:00am,  the program will begin at 8:25 am and should conclude around 3:30 pm.  A catered lunch will be provided.  Five CEUs (2 IPM; 1 L&R; 2 General)  will be offered to all TDA pesticide applicators that sign in at the beginning of the meeting and remain through the closing of the program.  No structural credits offered.
The cost of the program is $20.00 per person preregistered by January 12th or $25.00 per person at the door.  To preregister, please contact the Colorado County Extension Office and we will send a form to you.   Program Topics and Speakers Include: TDA Pesticide Laws & Regulations Update, Live Insect ID for Stored Grain, Importance of Bin Sanitation & Cleaning Techniques, Safety & Handling of Pesticides, an OSHA Update. For more information or to pre-register, call 979-732-2082.  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides equal opportunities in its programs and employment to all persons, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.  Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in this meeting are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office at (979) 732-2082 prior to the meeting to determine how reasonable accommodations can be made.
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Western Rice Belt Conference and Texas Rice Council Annual Meeting - January 17, 2018

The annual Western Rice Belt Production Conference will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the El Campo Civic Center.  Registration for the conference will begin at 7:45 a.m., with the main program to begin at 8:10 a.m.  After a catered lunch, provided by area agribusiness sponsors, the program will conclude at 2:15 p.m. 

This joint effort of our Western Rice Belt planning committee, The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, U.S. Rice Producers Association, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research will offer growers and others the opportunity to hear presentations from the top Extension and Research scientists from Texas as well as respected individuals from the rice industry.  Topics and speakers will include:  Association updates from U.S. Rice Producers and USA Rice; Rice Boards in Texas; The Outlook for Rice in 2018”, Dennis Delaughter; Rice Disease Management Update, Dr. Shane Zhou; Weed Management Update, Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan; Insect Management in Rice, Dr. Mo Way; Pesticide Laws and Regs Update, Greg Baker; and a 2018 Farm Bill Update from Dr. Joe Outlaw.  The Texas Rice Council will also conduct their Annual Meeting in conjunction with the 2018 Western Rice Belt Conference.  The Texas Rice Council will conduct their producer elections during the lunch hour, following the announcement of the Rice Poster Contest results.

For more information, contact the Texas AgriLife Extension office in Colorado County at 979-732-2082; or Wharton County at 979-532-3310; or go to http://wharton.agrilife.org and click on Events to view a flyer for the Rice Conference. 2  CEU’s (1 L&R and 1  IPM) for TDA Pesticide Applicators will be awarded at this event.  CCA hours have been applied for and will be offered pending approval.  Pesticide Applicators are reminded to provide their Pesticide Applicator License number at registration.
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Friday, January 5, 2018

Feed Grain and Cotton Conference

Howdy everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break and a happy new year. There are several conferences coming up, the first one being the Feed Grain and Cotton Conference. Check out Corrie's news release and the flyer for this conference below.

Feed Grain and Cotton Production Conference at Crescent – January 11, 2018

By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Wharton County


Feed Grain and Cotton Producers and industry professionals need to mark their calendars for Thursday, January 11, 2018 for the Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Conference.   This year’s conference will be held in Crescent Hall at the Wharton County Fairgrounds at 6036 FM 961 Road
Wharton, Texas 77488.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., with our first speaker beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The conference will conclude after the lunch meal at 12:00 noon.  3 CEUs will be awarded to pesticide license holders with the Texas Department of Agriculture ; and CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors will be offered.  Thanks to our generous sponsors, no registration fee will be charged.  

The Feed Grain section of the conference will address the following topics:  2017 Grain and Disease Control Trials & High Plans Fumonisin and How It Relates to Local Corn – Dr. Tom Isakeit, Extension Plant Pathologist; and 2017 Grain Variety Trials and Research Update - Dr. Ron Schnell, Assistant Professor and State Cropping Systems Specialist. 

The cotton section of the conference will begin with an update on Cotton Bollworm resistance – Kate Harrell, Extension Agent Integrated Pest Management.  For 2018 special training will be required  for the new dicamba formulations applied on tolerant cotton and soybean crops, according to Environmental Protection Agency labeling revisions.   TDA is requiring auxin-specific herbicide training for those using the new formulations of dicamba (Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia. The auxin training is required for all applicators including licensed applicators and unlicensed applicators who spray under a licensed applicator. Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia were approved for use in XtendFlex, the dicamba-tolerant cotton from Monsanto. Training is not required for the use of Enlist, the new 2,4-D tolerant cotton from Dow AgroSciences.  Participants attending the January 11th Feed Grain and Cotton Conference will receive the Auxin Specific training as part of the conference, presented by our new AgriLife Extension State Weed Specialist, Dr. Scott Nolte.

The cotton section of the conference will continue with Cotton Foliar Pathogens & Fungicides Update on FOV Race 4 Fusarium Wilt – Dr. Tom Isakeit.  We’ll follow with a Cotton RACE Trial Update/Current Cotton Research Update by Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Extension Cotton Specialist.  A lunch at 12 noon provided by our sponsors will conclude the 2018 Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Conference.

For more information or for a copy of the conference flyer, go to http://wharton.agrilife.org, or contact Stacey at the Wharton County Extension Office at (979) 532-3310, or stacey.shanks@ag.tamu.edu.  Please call or email Stacey by 12 noon on January 10th just to let us know that you’ll be attending.

The members of Texas A&M AgriLife will provide equal opportunities in programs and activities, education, and employment to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity and will strive to achieve full and equal employment opportunity throughout Texas A&M AgriLife.
The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.  Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in any Extension activity, are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office for assistance 5 days prior to the activity.
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Friday, December 22, 2017

Survey

Howdy all,

  I would appreciate you taking this survey on the information distributed on the blog. It'll only take you a couple of minutes to fill out, if that. Thank you so much, and I'm looking forward to next years growing season.

  Below is a photo of a male North Carolina sand wasp, they have no economic impact and aren't considered a pest, but they are an interesting insect. They are a solitary wasp that range from Canada to Costa Rica. They nest in sand, and feed on grasshoppers and katydids. The genus name, Tachytes, means fast one. These insects zip around incredibly quickly, and I was only able to get a picture of one when it was a little cooler out and he had slowed down.

Tachytes distinctus
Photo: Kate Harrell

  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!

Sincerely,

Kate

Friday, October 13, 2017

Bt Cotton Survey and Flood Damage

Howdy,

  I hope everyone is doing well after the hurricane. Since the season has pretty well wrapped up, I put together a survey for the crop consultants and farmers to gather a little more information on the bollworm situation this past year. If you get a chance, I'd appreciate your input. The survey gathers data anonymously, so the only info I'll be able to see is the info you give me.


  For those of you not in the areas affected by the hurricane, I attached a few pictures from some of the flood damaged areas to give you an idea of what we've been dealing with. I'm just glad that the pictures don't include the smell, I wouldn't want to share that with anybody. The pictures below were taken in multiple locations near the Colorado River.
Cotton on the plant after flooding
Photo: Kate Harrell
Cotton on the plant after flooding
Photo: Kate Harrell
Cotton on the plant after flooding
Photo: Kate Harrell

Dead fish in a cotton field
Photo: Kate Harrell

Flood damaged round bales
Photo: Kate Harrell 

Flood damaged modules
Photo: Kate Harrell

Flood damaged module with sprouting, algae, and mold
Photo: Kate Harrell

Flood damaged module with sprouting, algae, and mold
Photo: Kate Harrell

Flood damaged module with mud and mushrooms growing
Photo: Kate Harrell

  As always, feel free to give me a call or send me an email if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Kate Harrell

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cotton and Grain Risk Management Workshop

Cotton, grain risk management workshop October 19th at Wharton Fairgrounds

Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

A cotton and grain risk management marketing workshop is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Wharton County Fairgrounds in Crescent, Texas.  The Wharton County Fairgrounds is located at 6036 FM 961 Rd. Registration begins at 8 a.m.  First presentation at 8:15 a.m

The workshop is sponsored by the Wharton County AgriLife Extension Office and the Wharton County Row Crops Committee.

“This is an excellent opportunity to be briefed on the need for budgeting, crop insurance choices, outlook and making marketing plans for the next crop year,” said Mac Young, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist, Corpus Christi.

The following is a schedule of speakers and topics:

–       Budgeting decision tools: Determining break-even and costs of production, Young.

–       U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency Update, Francie Tolle, regional office director, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

–       2018 Crop Insurance Choices, Tom Kelly, Wiese Crop Insurance.

–       Crop Insurance Decision Tool, Dr. Steven Klose, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station.

–       Developing a Management Plan: Incorporating Insurance into Production and Farm Plan, Dr. Mark Welch,   AgriLife Extension grain marketing economist, College Station.

–       Cotton Outlook, Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension cotton marketing economist, College Station.

–       Grain Outlook, Marketing Tools and Strategies, Welch.

The workshop will conclude at 2:00 p.m. 

Please RSVP by calling Stacey at 979-532-3310 by 12 noon on Wednesday, October 18th.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ag Producer Disaster Recovery Program

October 5, 2017 – Ag Producer Disaster Recovery Program to be held in Wharton

By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

On Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., USDA and the Wharton County Office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will be holding a Disaster Recovery Program.  The program will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Wharton County Fairgrounds, in the Directors Room.  Agriculture Producers affected by Hurricane Harvey will want to attend this program to learn about available disaster assistance for agriculture producers.  The program will begin with Mr. David Daniels, Natural Resource Manager discussing disaster assistance programs available through the Natural Resource Conservation Service.  Mr. Chase Tyndell, County Executive Director with the Farm Services Agency will cover disaster assistance programs available through USDA-FSA.  Gail Hoskins, Farm Loan Manager will follow with information on the USDA Farm Loan Program.  Applications and an overview of other types  of disaster assistance available through Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers, Texas Farm Bureau, and the Texas Department of Agriculture will be made available.  To conclude the program, Dr. Joe Paschal, Extension Livestock Specialist will address management of cattle and storm damaged forages.  If you will be attending the County Extension Offices asks that you contact us by 12 noon on October 5th  by contacting Stacey at 979-532-3310.  We just want to have an idea of how many participants to prepare handouts.