The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Stiles Farm Foundation will host a Cover Crops in Blackland Farming program on Feb. 20 at the Stiles Farm in Thrall.
The free event is scheduled for 8-10:30 a.m. at the farm, located at 5700 Farm-to-Market Road 1063. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Coffee and breakfast tacos will be provided.
For more information, contact Ryan Collett, Stiles Farm Foundation farm manager, at 512-898-2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program focus and topics
The program will focus on cover crop management and help introduce producers to the Texas Climate-Smart Initiative.
Topics will include the following:
- Grazing covers with cash crops study review: Texas Climate-Smart Initiative introduction – Julie Howe, Ph.D., professor and associate department head for undergraduate programs, Texas A&M Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Bryan-College Station.
- Managing cash crop fertility with covers – Jake Mowrer, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension state soil fertility specialist and associate professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Bryan-College Station.
- Stocking rates and cattle nutrition management with winter/summer annual cover crops – Jeff Goodwin, Ph.D., director, Center for Grazinglands and Ranch Management and Texas A&M AgriLife Research assistant professor in the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Bryan-College Station.
- Group discussion of the Texas climate-smart incentive program details.