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The Wichita Horticulture Committee will be hosting the Wichita County Pecan Show on Saturday, November 10 at the Multi Purpose Events Center in Wichita Falls beginning at 1 p.m. The show is open to any county resident with a pecan tree and homeowners are encouraged to participate if they are interested in improving the quality of the pecans on their urban trees.

All entries must be received at the Texas A & M AgriLIFE Extension Service Wichita County office at 600 Scott Ave, Suite 200 in Wichita Falls by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 9 to allow time for entry processing.

The basic rules for the pecan show include:

1. Exhibitors are limited to one entry of each named variety they grow; however the grower may enter as many seedlings, known hybrids or natives as desired.

2. Sample entries from one orchard cannot be entered in two county shows.

3. Pecans should be entered in the same county they are grown. If your county does not have a show, enter the nearest county that does.

4. The exhibitor must be the grower.

5. An entry consists of a minimum of 40 pecans, with 42 preferred. They should be in a paper sack and identified with grower name, address, phone number and variety (if known).

6. Entries containing more than one variety are disqualified, however and entry may be composed of nuts from more than one tree.

7. Nuts which are cut sanded, polished or otherwise altered will be disqualified.

8. Pecans exhibited must be from the 2012 crop.

The event will also feature the free Wichita County Pecan Seminar from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. The seminar is open to anyone interested in learning more about growing higher quality pecans is encouraged to attend. A $10 registration fee will be charged at the door to anyone wanting two continuing education units in integrated pest management toward their pesticide applicator license requirements.

In addition, citizens can bring up to a grocery bag of pecans to be cracked by committee members for a donation to help support the educational activities of the Wichita County Extension Horticulture Committee.

Registration for the program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and at 10 a.m. Dr. Bill Ree will present information on tree disease, insects, pesticide use and tree management.

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

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Genetically engineered alfalfa was back in the news last week on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border according to a report in Hay and Forage Grower.

At a hearing in San Francisco, lawyers for environmental groups told a three-judge, U.S. Court of Appeals panel that Roundup Ready Alfalfa (RRA) should be taken off the market. Its alleged argument: That USDA had not properly considered how the transgenic crop affects endangered plants and animals.

“(RRA) will result in substantial harm,” George Kimbrell, an attorney for Center for Food Safety, told the judges. He also stated that genetically engineered alfalfa would “cause the loss of millions of dollars of export fees” and that USDA’s decision to deregulate RRA basically nullifies federal laws aimed at protecting endangered species and guarding the environment against noxious weeds.

Lawyers for the government countered that USDA was correct in determining that alfalfa is no different from any other alfalfa and doesn’t pose any danger to other plants. “The plaintiffs are confusing plant pests with things that are not pests,” said Dana Kaersvang, a Justice Department attorney.

In Canada, about 100 people gathered in Kitchener, Ontario, on Oct. 24 to protest the introduction of genetically modified alfalfa in the country.

According to various press reports in Canadian newspapers, the protesters are mostly concerned about cross-pollination of organic and modified crops.

“It is to some extent about money, but it’s more an issue of principles,” Ann Slater, a coordinator for the National Farmers Union of Ontario, told the Waterloo-Wellington Record.

A spokesperson for Monsanto Co. responded that genetically modified crops have been in Canada since 1996 and that 95% of the canola grown in the country is genetically modified. “That’s largely driven by the demand from farmers,” the Monsanto spokesman said. “That’s what farmers are asking for.”

The Ontario protest was timed to coincide with a meeting of the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) in Kitchener. The association is made up of about 130 seed companies from across Canada, including those who produce traditional, organic and genetically modified seeds for more than 50 different crops.

Stephen Denys, CSTA president, says his group is developing a coexistence plan all members can agree on before genetically engineered alfalfa seeds are introduced in Ontario. Cross-pollination should not be a big concern in Ontario, Denys says, because most alfalfa is grown for hay and harvested before it flowers.

 

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The Wichita Horticulture Committee will be hosting the Wichita County Pecan Show on Saturday, November 10 at the Multi Purpose Events Center in Wichita Falls beginning at 1 p.m. The show is open to any county resident with a pecan tree and homeowners are encouraged to participate if they are interested in improving the quality of the pecans on their urban trees.

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USDA reported on Friday that 2 million cattle were placed on feed in large feedlots during September, down 19 percent from a year ago. It was the lowest cattle placements during September since the series began in 1996 and below market expectations.

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The Wichita County Extension Horse Committee is presenting the 3-Day TEXOMA HORSE EXPO at the Bridwell Ag. Center on Burnett, across from the MPEC Exhibit Hall, October 19th thru 21st.

 

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USDA’s Crop Production report, released Oct. 11, updated dry hay projections. Production of alfalfa/alfalfa mixture hay was estimated at 55.6 million tons, up 1 percent from August estimates, but down 15 percent from last year.

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The WASDE Projected U.S. wheat ending stocks for 2012/13 are lowered 44 million bushels as higher feed and residual disappearance more than offsets a reduction in projected exports.

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