Texas: Pesticide Applicator Course, Overton, Dec. 5

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    The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will host a pesticide applicator training course Dec. 5 in Overton.

    Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 Farm-to-Market Road 3350. The course will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Preregistration cost is $35 per person by Nov. 30 or $60 for on-site registration.

    Register online or call 979-845-2604. Lunch is included.

    Five Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator continuing education units – one laws and regulations, one integrated pest management and three general – will be available.

    Topics and speakers include:

    • Weed Control in Pastures and Hay Meadows – Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension forage specialist, Overton.
    • Wild Pig Control/Laws Update – Billy Higginbotham, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension retired wildlife and fisheries specialist, Overton.
    • Aquatic Weed Control – Higginbotham.
    • Beef Cattle External Parasite Control – Jason Banta, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist, Overton.

    Corriher-Olson said winter is a good time to start formulating a plan to deal with the spring and summer issues being addressed in the program.

    “Planning ahead is our best line of defense,” she said. “Now that we’ve finished the 2019 season of summer weeds, we know what we need to be prepared for in 2020. Knowing the weeds we want to control is the first step, so we can plan our strategy for controlling them next year as they show up in pastures and hayfields. This pesticide applicators training will help strategize a plan of attack.”

    For more information, contact Pam Hickman at 903-834-6191.

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