The multi-county Northwest Panhandle Cotton Conference will be hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Jan. 23 at the Rita Blanca Coliseum, 219 Farm-to-Market Road 281, Dalhart.
Producers in Moore, Sherman, Dallam and Hartley counties are invited to attend this new conference aimed at cotton production, according to Mike Bragg, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Dallam and Hartley counties.
The program will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and conclude by 3:30 p.m. Three Texas Department of Agriculture integrated pest management continuing education units will be offered. There is no charge to attend.
Capital Farm Credit and North Plains Groundwater Conservation District are helping sponsor the event.
Program topics and speakers will be:
- Resistant weed management, Kerry Siders, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent in Hockley, Cochran and Lamb counties.
- Insect issues related to Bt technologies, Blayne Reed, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management agent, Hale, Swisher and Floyd counties.
- Disease and nematode management, Dr. Terry Wheeler, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathologist, Lubbock.
- Pre-plant considerations and variety trial results, Dr. Murilo Maeda, AgriLife Extension cotton specialist, Lubbock, and Marcel Fischbacher, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent, Moore County.
- Master Irrigator Program, Dr. Steve Amosson, North Plains Groundwater Conservation District consultant, Amarillo.
- Farm bill updates, Dr. Joe Outlaw, AgriLife Extension economist and co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University, College Station.
- Cover crops and soil health, Dr. Wayne Keeling, AgriLife Extension systems agronomist and weed science project leader, Lubbock.
- Soil and water relationships, Dr. Dana Porter, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist and program leader for engineering, Lubbock, and Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo.