Controlling pests in your garden
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in District 6, serving the counties of West Texas, will present its second “On the Line with AgriLife” webinar May 19 from 8:30 a.m. to about 9 a.m. There is also a call-in option.
The topic of this free webinar will be controlling garden pests. The meeting link and phone number will be available on the “On the Line with AgriLife” website page prior to each presentation.
“These webinars are designed to be 20-30 minutes each,” said Emily Grant, AgriLife Extension agent for Val Verde County. “We want to give people the important information they need in a quick and easy format they can listen to at home or while driving, and so people can also call in rather than join the video chat on a computer.”
These brief webinars are held the third Tuesday of each month and feature various AgriLife Extension agents and specialists discussing topics important to West Texans. Each month features a short presentation followed by a question and answer period.
Jeanette Castanon, AgriLife Extension horticulture agent, Midland County, is the featured speaker for the May 19 webinar. She will cover which bugs are bad or good for gardens and how to utilize beneficial insects.
“Castanon will also be available to help participants identify garden pests,” said Matlin Sain, AgriLife Extension agent for Presidio County. “All people need to do is send a picture of the insect in question to the link by May 8.”
The first webinar covered internal parasites in sheep and goats. The topic for June will be cotton.
Participants who complete a survey at the conclusion of the program will be entered into a drawing for a free soil sample analysis.
AgriLife Extension agents Cody Trimble, Glasscock County; Tanner Hash, Martin County; Payton Keifer, Pecos County; Dakota Kempken, Glasscock County; Sami Lindsey, Crane County; Jessica McCrory, Terrell County; Grant and Sain organized the series. These agents also produce a joint newsletter for their stakeholders and are organizing a West Texas Farmers and Ranchers Convention for July.
Additional information on the On the Line with AgriLife series may be found on the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Far West Texas District 6 Facebook page. A schedule of specific topics for each date will also be available online. Reminders about upcoming “On the Line with AgriLife” programs are available by texting @OTLWA to 81010.