BIG SPRING — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Howard County Range Committee will hold a free Howard County field day on Oct.8 with a focus on brush control.
Registration for the program will begin at 8 a.m. Participants should meet at the G.C. Broughton Ag Complex, 2411 Echols St. in Big Spring.
Lunch is sponsored by Corteva. There will be three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units offered, two general and one drift.
“Area landowners continue to be burdened by the encroachment of different brush species and questions on what choices to make when trying to control them,” said Tommy Yeater, AgriLife Extension agent for Howard County. “That’s why we and the Howard County Range Committee are putting this program on.”
Starting at 8:30 the group will travel to Berry Ranch to see prickly pear plots that have been sprayed with MezaVue. The tour will then continue on to the Sterling Ranch to look at a mesquite and prickly pear plot sprayed with Tordon and Sendero. From there, participants will visit a plot of white brush treated with Spike. All plots visited will have had treatment applied by helicopter.
Speakers for the field day will be Sam Eads, Corteva range and pasture specialist, Abilene; Eddy Spurgin, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service Howard County district conservationist, Big Spring; and there will also be a representative from Concho Aviation.
“This will be a very informative field day to look at several different chemicals and several different species of brush that we are trying to control,” said Yeater.