Farm/ranch symposium set November 29 in Amarillo

The 17th annual Farm and Ranch Symposium, hosted by Texas Cooperative Extension, is set for Nov. 29 at the Civic Center in Amarillo.

The symposium is held in conjunction with the Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show.

The symposium coordinator, Extension entomologist Dr. Carl Patrick, said the program is designed to help producers to stay up with current production practices, trends and technologies.

Topics will include sunflower production, boll weevil eradication programs, Karnal bunt disease, biotechnology fact or fiction, and rules to follow when capping an out-of-service irrigation well.

Registration starts at 8 a.m., and the program will run from 9 until noon. All area farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate.

Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension agronomist at Lubbock, will conduct a session on sunflower production. His discussion will address the reasons behind the big push to sunflowers as an alternative crop this year.

Planting dates, population, fertility and irrigation issues will round out his presentation.

Dr. Greta Schuster, Extension integrated pest management specialist and assistant professor for IPM at West Texas A&M University at Canyon, will describe Karnal bunt disease and how it impacts wheat production. She will advise what steps are necessary when wheat tests positive for the disease.

Texas Department of Agriculture expert Levon Harmon will discuss the correct way to cap an abandoned irrigation well to prevent groundwater contamination.

Other speakers will provide updates on the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Program and issues involving biotechnology.

Continuing education units (CEUs) will be available for participants needing to maintain certifications. The sessions are free.

For more information, contact Patrick at 806-359-5401.

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