THRALL — Ultra-narrow rows of cotton and corn, precision farming and other current agricultural research for Central Texas will be among the top issues discussed during the 35th Stiles Farm Foundation Field Day June 16.
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 Central Texas scholarship winners who plan to attend Texas A&M University will begin at 5 p.m. Dr. Ed Hiler, Texas A&M University System’s vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences, will speak.
“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 discuss issues from weeds to conservation tillage to habitat development for upland birds, for example, according to Ron Woolley, District 8 director for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service in Stephenville.
Highlights of this year’s field day riding tour will be a weed control demonstration plot, ultra narrow row study on corn and cotton, conservation tillage studies and Integrated Pest Management reports. A walking tour will include improved summer perennial forage plots, parasite control in cattle, water conservation in landscapes, poultry and livestock manure management, fire ant management in agriculture and livestock production, precision farming and habitat development for upland game birds. Several exhibits will be available as well.
Field days have been held at the farm annually since 1963, with the exception of 1996 when the event was canceled 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, (254) 968-4144, email@example.com.