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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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

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.

The speakers include: Dr. Clark Neely, Assistant Professor and Extension Small Grains and Oilseed Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service; Heath Sanders, Great Plains Canola Field Agronomist; John Chisum, manager of the Archer Daniel Midland crushing facility in Lubbock, Texas; Lauren Woloohojian, Texas A&M University Soils and Crop Sciences graduate student; and Beau Whisenant, Regional Education Specialist with Texas Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Neely will review barley, canola and wheat varieties available for 2015; Sanders will address canola pests and harvesting strategies; Chisum will review potential canola contract options; Woloohojian will discuss the barley germplasm evaluation project for Texas; and Whisenant will cover the current laws and regulations for private and commercial pesticide applicators.

Registration for the program can be done on-line at: or by calling the Williamson County Extension office at 512.943.3300. The $20 registration fee includes educational materials, CEUs and lunch. The CEUs include one integrated pest management, one general and one laws and regulations. Registration at the door will be $25. The Stiles Research Farm is located at 5700 FM 1063, Thrall.

For more information contact your local Extension office. In Williamson County that number is 512.943.3300.



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