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Annual field day to focus on drought recovery next Thursday
May 06, 2010 | 818 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Drought Recovery of Your Pastures will be the focus of this year’s Blanconia Field Day set for Thursday, May 13, in Blanconia.

The field day kicks off at the Blanconia Community Center, at the intersection of State Hwy. 202 and FM 2441. Registration and a cowboy breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. All area livestock and forage producers will be welcomed to the field day.

Dr. Mark Matocha, of the Agriculture and Environmental Safety Unit will discuss Pasture and Hay Regulations and Restrictions; Forage Selections and Optimizations will be discussed by specialists from the Natural Resource Conservation Service and Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

After the discussion, the group will travel to a sand bur result demonstration where Dr. Charlie Grymes, Dupont will evaluate the Pastora plots.

“Beef producers throughout Texas are having problems with cool-season weeds and will likely have problems with warm-season annual weeds as the year progresses,” said Jerry Gray, county extension agent. “Though it’s not a crisis situation, it is a prevalent one.”

While many producers may suspect the unusually wet winter and spring to be behind the flush of weeds, the most likely cause, particularly when it comes to improved pastures, is a poor fertility program. Lower than optimum fertility – cutting back on fertilizers such as nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus – means the improved forages such as Bermuda grass are less able to compete with weeds.

But high costs of fertilizers and the poor economy have forced many producers to cut back on their fertility programs, in some cases eliminating one of the primary nutrients altogether. These issues, and what to do about it, will be discussed at the field day.

Three CEUs will be provided including one in Laws and Regulations. This Tri-County event is conducted annually through the planning efforts of the Livestock and Forage Committees. For more information contact the extension office, 361-645-8204.
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