Forage field tour to cover fertilizing

By Todd Vineyard | Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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We have experienced another year of unpredictability, or should I just say, challenging weather. This spring has been cold with periods of dryness and wetness, but most of all windy.

On May 31, the Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Livestock and Forage Committee, will be hosting a forage demonstration field tour sponsored by Dow AgroSciences.

There is no doubt that weeds are plentiful this year and controlling them in a timely manner has been difficult. The field tour provides a unique opportunity to see how different applications affect forage production. A demonstration plot has been established to observe newer technology of impregnated herbicides on fertilizer for single application, herbicide applications following fertilizer applications and herbicide applications only without fertilizer.

The demonstration will allow us to see the effectiveness of impregnating herbicide onto fertilizer compared to other practices. This is the best practice when battling the windy conditions. Fertilizer applications are heavier and assist in controlling drift.

Speakers for the Forage Field Tour are:

  • James Jackson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Program Specialist, Range Management;
  • Todd Vineyard, County Extension Agent, Wise County – Agriculture and Natural Resources;
  • Ethan Westfall, Dow AgroSciences LLC, sales representative.

Registration is 8:30 to 9 a.m. with coffee, donuts, and pigs in a blanket. The program begins at 9. Register at the Extension Office, 206 South State Street in Decatur, by May 29. The cost is $10 per person. Each participant will receive two continuing education units for Pesticide Applicator License, one general and one IPM.

For information concerning the forage field tour, call the Wise County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at 940-627-3341.

Todd Vineyard is a Wise County Extension agent.

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