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Texas Caprock Crop Production Conference set for April 1

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Palmer amaranth, commonly known as pigweed, has been one of the most problematic weeds in Texas crop production — Texas A&M AgriLife photo

The Caprock Crop Production Conference for Crosby and Floyd counties is set for April 1 in Floyd County. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event will take place at the Floyd County Friends Unity Center, 990 Farm-to-Market Road 786 in Muncy.

The cost is $45. Advanced registration is requested by March 25 for this in-person meeting so all COVID-related precautions can be taken. To register, contact Mark Carroll, AgriLife Extension agent for Floyd County, at 806-983-4912, or Caitlin Jackson, AgriLife Extension agent for Crosby County, at 806-675-2347.

The event will start at 7 a.m. with registration, coffee and donuts. The speakers will begin at 8 a.m. and the program will run until 3 p.m. There will be agriculture exhibits for viewing during lunch and breaks.

There will be six Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units available: two general, two laws and regulations, one drift and one integrated pest management.

“This annual event is one that folks return to time and time again,” Carroll said. “This year’s lineup of experts is outstanding and truly offers something for everyone in ag production.”

Topics and speakers

— Drift minimization – Jacob Reed, BASF Chemicals senior field biologist, Lubbock.

— Diseases affecting cotton and corn producers – Dr. Terry Wheeler, AgriLife Extension plant pathologist, Lubbock.

— Harvest aids – Robert Wright, Texas Tech University graduate student, Lubbock.

— Agriculture law update – Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, J.D., AgriLife Extension agricultural law specialist, Amarillo.

— Weed management strategies – Dr. Peter Dotray, Texas A&M AgriLife Research weed specialist, Lubbock.

— Auxin training – Jackson.

“This is the 27th year for the Caprock Crop Production Conference, and we are excited for a fantastic lineup of education, fellowship, food and door prizes,” Jackson said.

Plains Land Bank and Vista Bank will be sponsoring the food and providing door prizes.

Texas A&M AgriLife contributed this article.

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