39th Stiles Farm Field Day set June 18 in Thralls, Texas

Conservation tillage, weed control and forage establishment are just a few of the topics that will be featured at the 39th Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled for June 18.

The Stiles Farm is located just east of Thrall, Texas, on U.S. Highway 79.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by the morning session from 8:30-11:30. Lunch will be served at noon. Afternoon sessions begin at 1, and a barbecue meal sponsored by the Taylor Chamber of Commerce will be served that evening.

“We're zeroing in on some topics of discussion that are on the minds of every producer,” said Archie Abrameit, farm manager. “We will have several demonstrations that I think a lot of folks will take an interest in. And, of course, we will have some exciting exhibits.”

The morning program will kick off with concurrent sessions at 8:30 focusing on field crops and techniques. Dr. Paul Baumann, Texas Cooperative Extension weed specialist, will discuss weed control in corn, sorghum, soybean and cotton, as well as the latest in research findings and new technological advances.

Other speakers include Charles Stichler, Extension agronomist, who will cover conservation tillage systems; Dr. Tom Gerik, a Texas Agricultural Experiment Station crop physiologist, and Dr. Robert Lemon, Extension cotton specialist, who will discuss skip row cotton methods, row space and population study demonstration in corn and grain sorghum; and Dr. Mark McFarland, Extension soil fertility specialist, who will discuss crop fertilizer placement.

That afternoon from 1:15-2, Stichler will lead a conservation tillage equipment demonstration. From 2-2:45, Twain Butler, Extension forage specialist, will discuss forage systems. Tifton 85 plugging. Weed control and tolerances will be also be highlighted.

At 2:45 p.m., two sessions on beef and goats will run concurrently. Dr. Larry Boleman, Extension beef cattle specialist, will offer the latest techniques and demonstrations for beef cattle, while Jeff Ripley, Travis County Extension director, will lead a program on goat management.

From 3:15-3:45 p.m., Dusty Tittle, Milam County Extension agent, will demonstrate brush control techniques. A field tour will be from 4:15-5.

Stiles Farm Foundation, formerly a 3,000-acre family farm, was given to Texas A&M University in 1961 as a place where research and education on Blackland production practices could be conducted. The farm has had an annual field day for producers and area residents to examine the research and demonstrations in progress since 1963, except for 1996 when it was canceled due to drought.

For more informationy, contact Abrameit at 512-898-2214 or a local county Extension agent.

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