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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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

It’s time for the Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo! This year’s issue of the annual event will feature over 400 vendor tables with every new technology available to ranchers and farmers.

AgriLife Extension organizes the continuing educational hours for producers holding private applicators licenses in Texas and Oklahoma plus certified crop advisor hours. In addition to filling CEU requirements, this year’s line-up of speakers will cover the issues that are in producers’ fields right now and help them make critical decisions that will put more money in their pockets.

While parking and admission are free, those who want to receive their CEUs will pay just $25 for both days of programs.

From 7 am to 8 am on Wednesday, producers can enjoy the producers’ breakfast compliments of Capital Farm Credit, Gavilon Grain, Helena Chemical Company and Winfield Solutions.

At 8 am the CEU program begins with Henry Krusekopf from Texas Department of Agriculture presenting on laws and regulations. He will be followed at 9 am by Dr. Todd Baughman from OSU on Pest management in 2013. Chuck Coffey from Nobel Foundation will present his program on climate, forage and stocking rates at 10 am and Robert Cossar from Winfield Solutions will close out the morning with drift management at 11 am.

After the noon hour break, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Economist Stan Bevers will share his insights on the market outlook at 1 pm. He will be followed at 2 pm by Dr. Sonja Swiger from Texas A&M AgriLife Research on insect and parasite control in livestock.

At 5 pm the buyers’ reception begins in the arena and the 2013 edition of the Wichita Falls Ranch and Farm Expo Production Bull Sale is set to start promptly at 6 pm.

Bright and early at 8 am on Thursday the program resumes with Dr. Richard Teague from Texas A&M AgriLife Research talking on how healthy pastures start with healthy soils. He will be followed at 9 am with Dr. Brent Besler from Syngenta talking on weed resistance to herbicides and then at 10 am he will share his ideas on how to increase plant performance with fungicides. Just before the noon break, Dr. Tom Royer from OSU will look at what insect pressure he is seeing and what he recommends for control.

Anyone who has an ipad or smart phone will want to attend the program from 1 to 3:30 pm on Agricultural Aps and how to use them presented by Dr. Jackie Smith and Jay Yates from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

Over the two days there will be a total of seven Texas and Oklahoma CEUs plus 12 CCA CEUs.

For more information contact the Wichita County Extension office at 940.716.8610.

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