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Pasture symposium coming March 12
Feb 17, 2010 | 808 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With above normal rainfall this winter, spring pastures will soon rebound, with a dense stand of unwanted weeds, in many cases, which is often the situation following a severe drought. All beef cattle producers know that to grow beef one has to grow grass.

To help address issues related to bringing our pastures back to life in a productive fashion, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Nueces and San Patricio counties will host the Coastal Bend Pasture Symposium, on Friday, March 12, at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at 10345, State Hwy. 44, just west of the Corpus Christi Airport.

Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. followed by the program at 8:30 a.m. Topics for the morning session will include; Establishing Improved Pastures, Adapted Forage Varieties, Forage Nutrient Management, Pasture Weed Identification and Control, Managing Pastures with Prescribed Burns, and information about the Coastal Bend Prescribed Burn Association.

Following a catered lunch, the afternoon session will begin at 12:45 p.m. Topics will include Stocking Rate Determination to Maintain Forage Stands and Water Quality, Producing Quality Hay, Native vs. Improved Pasture, Managing Forage Insects and Risk Management Options.

Forage experts that will be making presentations include; Dr. Jamie Foster, assistant professor of forage agronomy with Texas AgriLife Research, Dr. Vanessa Corriher, Extension forage specialist, Dr. Lynn Drawe, president of Texas Prescribed Burn Board, Dr. Bob Lyons, Extension range specialist, Dr. Roy Parker, Extension entomologist, and Dr. Larry Falconer, Extension economist.

Pesticide applicators will be awarded 5.25 CEU’s for participation in the symposium, while Certified Crop Advisors will be awarded 6 CEU’s. To aid with program planning, all participants are requested to pre-register by March 8 by calling 361-767-5223. There will be a registration fee of $10 per person payable at the door to help offset meal costs.

Individuals with disabilities, who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in any of the mentioned activities, are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office eight days before all programs for assistance.

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