AMARILLO – The Texas Panhandle Scout School hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be held April 23 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 6500 Amarillo Blvd. West, Amarillo.
The training is open to anyone interested in learning about scouting and identifying insect pests of corn, grain sorghum and cotton, said Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist in Amarillo.
Bynum said the school should benefit any agricultural worker wanting a refresher or to learn more, including crop consultants, farmers and their workers, and AgriLife Extension employees.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and sessions will go from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There is a $10 fee payable at the door.
Speakers and topics will be:
– Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, who will discuss weed identification, herbicide injury and fertilizer deficiency symptoms.
– Bynum and Blayne Reed, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent for Hale, Swisher and Floyd counties, who will discuss insect scouting, pest identification and damage symptoms.
– Dr. Ron French, AgriLife Extension pathologist in Amarillo, who will discuss diseases and disease symptoms.
A Texas Department of Agriculture worker protection safety DVD will be shown for agricultural workers needing a pesticide handling green card. Three of the agency’s continuing education units – two integrated pest management and one general – will be offered.
Those planning to attend should preregister by April 21 with Ronda Fisher at 806-677-5600 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.