AgriLife Today: Caprock Crop Production Conference set Jan. 25 in Floyd County
By Kay Ledbetter
FLOYDADA – The annual Caprock Crop Production Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Floyd and Crosby counties, will be Jan. 25 at the Floyd County Friends Unity Center.
The center is located 6 miles west of Floydada and 4 miles east of Lockney on U.S. Highway 70.
The conference is open to all area producers as well as anyone interested in crop production, according to AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agents Caitlin Jackson, Crosby County, and Cristen Brooks, Floyd County.
Registration will begin at 7 a.m., with the program beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding by 5:30 p.m. The cost is $35 for those preregistered by Jan. 18, and $45 at the door. Lunch will be provided, as well as a conference cap, door prizes and program materials.
Among the door prizes will be an iPad from Vista Bank and a .22 rifle from Plains Land Bank.
To register or get more information, call the AgriLife Extension offices in Floyd County at 806-983-4912 or Crosby County at 806-675-2347.
Ten Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – five general, two integrated pest management, two laws and regulations, and one drift minimization – will be offered. The program is also approved for 10 certified crop adviser credits – two soil and management, three IPM, two crop management and three professional development.
Topics and speakers will be:
– Cotton Planting Strategies, Dr. Murilo Maeda, AgriLife Extension cotton specialist, Lubbock.
– Weed Management Strategies, Dr. Peter Dotray, AgriLife Extension weed specialist, Lubbock.
– Legislative Updates for 2019, Dr. Joe Outlaw, AgriLife Extension economist and co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University, College Station.
– Pest Control in Cotton, Dr. Suhas Vyavhare, AgriLife Extension cotton entomologist, Lubbock.
– Laws and Regulations, Praveen Sapkota, TDA inspector, Lubbock.
– Agriculture Law Update, Tiffany Lashmet, AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, Amarillo.
– Drift Minimization, Jacob Reed, BASF field biologist, Lubbock.
– Irrigation Applications, Rick Kellison, Texas Alliance for Water Conservation director, Lockney.
– Diseases Affecting Cotton and Corn Producers, Dr. Terry Wheeler, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathologist, Lubbock.
– Cotton Fiber Quality, Dr. Brendan Kelly, AgriLife Research cotton research assistant professor, Lubbock.
The conference also will include a trade show with vendors displaying their latest products and equipment.