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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Williamson County Commissioners joined with the Lonestar Ag Credit and the Williamson County AgriLife Extension office in supporting National Agriculture Day on March 24, 2014. The local proclamation helped to mark the 42nd anniversary of National Ag Day which is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for the 2015 National Ag Day is “Sustaining Future Generations.”

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The Texas Wheat Producers Board (TWPB) is holding its biennial election to elect five board members to fill expiring positions.  The mail election officially begins March 23, 2013 and will conclude April 9, 2013.

Terms expiring in 2013 include Cagle Kendrick of District I, Tommy Womack of District II, Fred Dwyer of District III, Ken Davis of District IV, and Jack Norman also of District IV.

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If you have one pecan tree in the backyard or 1,000 trees, you will benefit by attending the Central Texas Pecan Field Day on Saturday, April 18 at the Schwegmann Orchard located at 3530 N. I-35 in Georgetown. The all-day event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and includes speakers, lunch, a grafting workshop and vendors. Deadline to pre-register is 5 p.m. on April 16 and the fee is $20.

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With changes in market opportunities, weather, and rainfall, local farmers are exploring opportunities to reduce risk through crop diversification. The Central Texas Small Grain and Canola Field Day scheduled for Wednesday, April 22 at the Stiles Research Farm in Thrall will provide an in-depth study of bareley, canola and wheat. Sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the presentations at 9 a.m. The program will include lunch and three pesticide applicator continuing education units.

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Soil temperature is a factor which few of us consider important enough to check before planting, yet it is probably the most important factor affecting seed germination, stand establishment and seedling growth.

The temperature of a soil is important as it affects how fast plants can grow and how quickly plants take up water and nutrients.

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As of Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Arkansas. The flock of over 40,000 turkeys was located within the Mississippi flyway where this strain of avian influenza has previously been identified in one turkey flock in Minnesota and two turkey flocks in Missouri.

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