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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

The 2011 Wichita Falls Ranch & Farm Expo is set for Wednesday and Thursday, March 9-10, at the JS Bridwell Agricultural Center in Wichita Falls, Texas.  While the public show hours are from 9 am-5 pm on Wednesday and 9 am-4 pm on the Thursday, producer programs start at 7 a.m. with breakfast and the educational programs starting at 8 a.m.

Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service Wichita County is pleased to present the educational programs during the Expo with nationally known industry specialists and Extension professionals. The programs will include Texas and Oklahoma private applicators continuing educational credits in general, drift management plus laws and regulations. Certified crop advisor credits in pest management and crop management are also available. The cost of credits will be $15 for one day or $20 for both days.

Wednesday starts with a keynote address by Stephen Pringle on legislative issues that could affect agriculture. Pringle serves as Legislative Director for the Texas Farm Bureau.  He will be followed by a laws and regulations presentation by TDA Inspector Henry Krusekopf and a drift management presentation by Dennis Christie, Regional Agronomist, Winfield Solutions. The program will then focus on production issues, including Texas AgriLIFE Weed Science State Leader for Weed Science Dr. Paul Baumann on weed control in forages. In the afternoon,  Dr. Max Dow, region three director with Texas Animal Health Commission will review the new bull rules for trichomoniasis and AgriLIFE Extension Livestock Specialist Dr. Ron Gill will conduct his chute-side cattle management program.

Thursday morning will feature nationally known market analyst Glenn Ring and Extension Economist Dr. Stan Bevers giving their thoughts on marketing and risk management. Just before the noon break, AgriLIFE Agronomist Dr. Todd Baughman will present a crop production update and after the break Tomie Runyan and Billy Campbell from Syngenta Crop Protection will discuss new generation fungicides and herbicides followed by Gerald Hobson from DuPont Chemical on Weed issues and control in wheat and Scott Rogers from Helena Chemical on variable rate chemical applications.

The breakfasts open at 7 a.m. and the programs begin at 8 a.m. The breakfasts are hosted by AgriPro Wheat/Syngenta, Capital Farm Credit, Winfield Solutions and Helena Chemical.

Every attendee will receive a coupon for a free Whataburger. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit with over 350 vendors from 25 states and Australia, in over 175,000 square feet of exhibit space and not to mention over $5000 in prizes and giveaways.

There will be horse training demonstrations throughout both days of the expo. Scott Daily will be featured, using his horse training techniques. This event is sponsored by Quality Implement Co.

A live production bull sale has been added to this year’s events. The WHATABURGER Wichita Falls Production Bull Sale will start at 6 pm on Wednesday, March 9. There will be over 20 lots selling of high quality bulls selling from five consignors including Limousin, Black Angus and Simmentals.

For more information contact the Texas AgriLIFE Extension Service Wichita County office at 600 Scott Ave., Suite 200 in Wichita Falls or call 940.716.8610.

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