The Rolling Plains Cotton and Precision Ag Field Day is set for 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Oct. 12 on the Lytle Farm north of the community of Noodle in Jones County.
To reach the farm from U.S. Highway 180, drive 8 miles south on Farm-to-Market Road 126. From Interstate 20 at Merkel, drive north 12 miles on Farm-to-Market Road 126.
Steve Estes, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Jones County, said the event, set totally on the Lytle Farm, will be conducted by his agency and by the Quality Implement Co. John Deere dealership.
“We’ll start the program with concurrent sessions beginning at 8:30 a.m. and repeat at 10:30 a.m.,” said Estes. “The sessions will include a look at our 15 cotton performance variety trials complete with presentations from seed company representatives and a talk by Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist at College Station, then interchange with the live demonstrations of precision agricultural equipment.”
“The in-field precision equipment demonstrations will include the CS690 harvester, precision Rx application, sprayer technology and weather station technology,” Estes said.
A catered lunch by Easterling’s BBQ will precede the afternoon session, which will include the following topics and speakers:
- Economic Viability of Precision Agriculture, Bill Thompson, AgriLife Extension economist, San Angelo.
- Utilizing New Herbicide Technology, Morgan.
- Weather Forecasting for Agriculture, Guy Ash, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, WxAgrios-Canada and the U.S.
Individual registration is $10. RSVP by Oct. 6 here or call 325-823-2432.
Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered.
“This program will be packed with information on a number of fronts,” Estes said. “We’ll even have some door prizes and John Deere is providing discount offers on precision ag technology to all participants by giving each participant a $500 coupon.”