Writer: Kathleen Davis Phillips, (979) 845-2872, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Ron Woolley, (817) 968-4144, email@example.com
Archie Abrameit, (512) 898-2214
THRALL — Tomato troubles in the garden? Weeds wreaking havoc? The 34th Stiles Farm Foundation Field Day June 17 is where urbanites can find an expert to help resolve such issues.
Field tours, walking tours and exhibits will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Stiles Farm, about 30 miles northeast of Austin on U.S. Highway 79. A barbecue and presentation of 10 Central Texas scholarship winners who plan to attend Texas A&M University will begin at 6 p.m.
“This is an opportunity for people to get the latest technology from the leading experts,” said Archie H. Abrameit, Stiles Farm Foundation manager. “The agriculture industry is one of the few that has such an open door policy, allowing people to come out and view the latest developments and to ask questions of the top educators in the field.”
Experts will be available to identify weeds and range grasses for participants who bring samples, for example, according to Ron Woolley, District 8 director for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service in Stephenville. A garden tomato research plot will be on view along with horticulturists who can discuss particular problems with growing the vegetable, he said.
For those with farming interests, this year’s field day riding tour will highlight riding tours of demonstration cotton variety plots, weed control in farm crops and plots of Bt corn, which was bred to have a resistance to European and Southwestern corn borers. A walking tour will include aquatic weed control, beef cow management, forage grasses for the future, and precision farming. Several exhibits, including one on fire ants, will be available as well.
Field days have been held at the farm annually since 1963, with the exception of last year when the event was cancelled due to drought.
The Stiles Farm Foundation, which is overseen by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, is a non-profit, self-supporting institution established in 1961 by bequest from the late J.V. and H.A. Stiles for the advancement of agriculture.
The 2,800-farm, with non-irrigated cropland and pastureland, is under the trusteeship of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and serves as a crop and livestock demonstration site for the Central Texas Blacklands.
For more information, contact Abrameit at (512) 898-2214, or Woolley, (817) 968-4144, firstname.lastname@example.org.