MCGREGOR — Land managers who want to identify weeds or brush problems and learn how to control them are encouraged to attend the Pasture Weed and Brush Control Field Day June 25 in McGregor.
The event will be at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center, 773 Ag Farm Road, two miles west of State Highway 317 on Farm Road 2671 near McGregor. It begins at 8 a.m. and concludes with lunch at noon. Pre-registration is requested at the McLennan County office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, 254-757-5180.
“We conduct this program every other year to help producers know how to manage weeds and brush in their pastures,” said Shane McLellan, AgriLife Extension agent in McLennan County. “The information covers a wide range of weeds and brush for a large part of Central Texas.”
The event will include tours of the McGregor Center with seven stops for discussion, McLellan said.
Pasture management will be discussed by Dr. Paul Baumann, AgriLife Extension weed specialist, and Dr. Wayne Hanselka, AgriLife Extension range specialist.
Dr. Allan McGinty, AgriLife Extension range specialist emeritus, and Dr. Clint Hoffmann, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service engineer, will talk about mesquite control.
Sprayer setup, calibration and drift management will be the topic for Dr. Robert Lyons and Dr. Megan Clayton, both AgriLife Extension range specialists.
Jack LeClair, DuPont Crop Protection range and pasture specialist, and Stan Reinke, rangeland consultant, will talk about weed identification and herbicide recommendations.
New herbicide technology from DuPont Crop Protection will be discussed by the company’s field development representatives Dr. Case Medlin and Eric Castner.
DuPont’s David Stichler will discuss insect control in pastures, and USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Monte Toombs will give a field program update for his agency.
The event is co-hosted by AgriLife Extension in Freestone, McLennan, Limestone, Coryell, Bosque, Bell, Falls and Hamilton counties, along with DuPont Crop Protection, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Three Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator continuing education credits will be available.