Crop protection clinics to be offered this month in Panhandle

AMARILLO - Area producers and crop advisors have an opportunity to earn continuing education credits at four Crop Protection Clinics this month.

Attendees will have eight concurrent one-hour sessions to choose from at each clinic.

The clinics are sponsored by Texas Cooperative Extension, Pioneer Hi-Bred International and DuPont.

Clinics, each scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will be held:

• Jan. 9, Rita Blanca Coliseum in Dalhart;

• Jan. 10, Moore County Community Building in Dumas;

• Jan. 12, Hansford County Barn in Spearman; and

• Jan. 13, Carson County Ag Building in Panhandle.

The Texas Department of Agriculture has approved five continuing education units for each meeting. Certified crop advisor continuing education units also will be available.

Topics are:

– Major diseases and insects for corn, as well as refuge requirements for Bt rootworm corn;

– Weed management in strip-till, as well as drift control and tank contamination issues;

– Alternative crops such as canola and cowpeas, and possible pest concerns;

– Crop irrigation and efficiency, regulations for chemigation;

– Reduced tillage for moisture and soil conservation;

– Grain sorghum production for both dryland and irrigated grain sorghum, including fertility management and fertilizer economics;

– Insect control strategies for irrigated cotton; and

– Sunflowers, including fertility management and economics.

For more information, contact the local county Extension office.

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