The 20th annual Texas High Plains Grain Elevator Workshop is moving to the Ashmore Inn and Suites, located at 2301 E. I-40 in Amarillo, from its longtime location at the Amarillo Civic Center.
And with the move are coming some speakers to address new and popular topics, said Greg Cronholm, Texas Cooperative Extension agent in Hale County.
"This year a new topic we'll be talking about is railcar fumigation," Cronholm said. "Also, we'll be bringing back Dr. Carol Jones (agriculture engineer) from Oklahoma to go into more detail about aeration. It was a popular topic last year, and Oklahoma State University is one of the leaders in stored grain research."
Dr. Pat Porter, Extension entomologist from Lubbock, will also discuss new 10,000-bushel storage bags that are being used in the coastal region of Texas. The bags are being considered instead of building new storage facilities, Cronholm said.
The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and has been submitted to the Texas Department of Agriculture for continuing education credits for commercial, non-commercial and private applicator licenses.
Other topics of discussion will be: stored-corn protectants, stored-grain pests, using weather data for early prediction of beetles, weed control, chemical storage fumigation, beneficial insects, and laws and regulations.
Pre-registration is requested by Jan. 15. The fee is $35 and checks should be made to: Tri-State Chapter of GEAPS. Mail registration forms and fees to the attention of Ronda Fisher at: Texas Cooperative Extension, 6500 W. Amarillo Blvd., Amarillo, Texas 79106.
For more information, contact Cronholm at 806-291-5274.