The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a multi-county range and brush program on July 12 in Brownwood. The event will cover using herbicides for weed and brush management.
The event will start at 9 a.m. at the Brown County Fairgrounds, 4206 U.S. Highway 377 S. Onsite registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., but preregistration is required.
The event is limited to the first 100 participants who preregister by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Brown County at 325-646-0386.
There is a $40 registration fee payable at the door. A catered meal is included.
Five Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units — two general, two integrated pest management and one laws and regulations — are offered for licensed pesticide applicators.
Brush encroachment challenges
“Brush encroachment continues to be an expensive problem to deal with,” said Scott Anderson, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent, Brown County. “It doesn’t take long for weeds and brush to choke out good desirable grasses, forcing a reduction in stocking rates of livestock.”
Anderson said if left unchecked, these pasture invaders can even make large areas undesirable for some wildlife.
“The current drought has not really had negative effects on brush, it continues to encroach in our pastures,” he said.
Range topics and speakers
- Timing of herbicide applications for weed/brush control — Morgan Treadwell, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension rangeland specialist, San Angelo.
- Herbicide application following range fires to control weed/brush — Treadwell.
- Corteva herbicides for weed/brush control — Tanner Chancelor, Corteva AgriScience range and pasture specialist, Cedar Park.
- Rezilon herbicide, Invora herbicide, picolinic acid chemistry training — Billy Campbell, Bayer Environmental Science range and pasture specialist, Idalou.
- Pesticide laws and regulations, labels, application, record keeping, re-entry intervals and personal protective equipment — Anderson.