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Extension office sets nutrient management symposium
Aug 16, 2012 | 1119 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rising costs for fertilizer is creating challenges for South Texas producers, making soil testing for nutrients more important than ever in support of growing forage and row crops.

In response to this need the Bee, Karnes and Wilson counties, Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Service and its respective agricultural committees are pleased to announce an upcoming Soil Testing Campaign and Nutrient Management Seminar.

“Nutrient management has been at the cornerstone of agricultural production for a long time, however with rising costs of production, it’s imperative that agriculture producers maximize efficiencies to remain in business,” says Matt Bochat, County Extension agent for Bee County.

The soil testing campaign will run from Aug. 15 to Sept. 12 with forms and soil bags available at the Extension office. Return samples to the Extension office to be processed. Sample costs will be $8 for a routine sample with a limit of three samples per customer.

On Oct. 18 at the Kenedy City Hall, a Nutrient Management Symposium sponsored by Johnson Bender & Co. and Karnes County Producers Cooperative will be held starting at 2 p.m.

Dr. Dan Fromme, Extension agronomist, will make a presentation on nutrient management. Dr. Larry Redmon, Extension forage specialist, will make a presentation on nutrient management of forage crops. Dr. Megan Dominguez-Clayton, Extension range specialist, will make a presentation on nutrient management of rangelands.

Benny Martinez of Dow AgroSciences will give a product update, and Philip Benavides, Texas Department of Agriculture, will give a laws and regulation update. Willis Johnson of Johnson Bender & Co. will provide a brief presentation on financial management and charitable contributions.

The program will conclude at 7 p.m. with a catered meal. Cost for the program will be $15 with five Private Pesticide Applicator CEU’s being available.

Come by the Bee County Extension office at 210 E. Corpus Christi St. in Beeville to pick up soil sample bags and to RSVP or call 362-3280 or email mtbochat@ag.tamu.edu prior to Oct. 11.
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