Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

My apologies for the lengthy emails to those of your that subscribe.  I was working on my blog yesterday afternoon and when I published the most recent post about the beekeeping save the date and the CEU program in Atascosa county, I accidentally published old material, again.  Sorry if that confused any of you.

I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  I give thanks this year for family, friends and the opportunity to work in agriculture with great producers, 4-H youth, volunteers, and co-workers.  Blessings to you and yours.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Beekeeping Program & Big CEU opportunities

Save the Date: Beekeeping 101 December 10, 2015 - details to follow soon!
Pre Plant Seminar and CEU Shootout
 Sponsored by: Atascosa Cattlemen’s Association, Atascosa County Extension Office
7 CEU’s to be offered
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Registration 9:00 a.m.
Program Start 9:30 a.m.
$25.00 Registration Fee
Location:  Atascosa County Extension Office Auditorium,  25 East 5th Street,  Leming, Texas 78050

An RSVP is Requested by Monday December 7, 2015 by calling the Texas A&M  AgriLife Extension Office of Atascosa County (830) 224-0366

9:30 a.m.            Variety and Biotechnology Update for Row Crops in South Texas    
                           Dr. Joshua  McGinty Extension Agronomist 
10:30 a.m.          Row Crop and Forage Insect update for South Texas.                        
                           Dr. Robert Bowling  Extension IPM Specialist
11:30- 12:00      Lunch   
12:00   noon      Variety update and preparation for annual and perennial forage crop, 
                           Dr. Joshua McGinty  Extension Agronomist.       
1:00 -2:00 p.m.  TDA And EPA Laws and Regulations Update                                       
                           Dr. Mark  Matocha  Extension  Agriculture and Environmental Safety Specialist
2:00 -3:00 p.m.  Understanding Nutrient Management and how herbicides work in the soil   
                           Dr. Tony Provin Extension Soil Specialist
3:00 -3:10          Break
3:10- 4:10 p.m.  Disease Management in Row Crops, Peanuts and Vegetable Crops in South Texas 
                           Dr. Kimberly Cochran  Extension Plant Pathologist
4:15- 5:15 p.m.  Drift Management and Minimization                                       
                           Bryan  Davis Wilson County Extension Agent Ag/ Nr

Individuals with disabilities, who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in any of the mentioned activities, are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office at 830-224-0366  at least eight days before all programs for assistance.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

GO VOTE TODAY, Chronic Wasting Disease Program, & Bastrop/Fayette County Ag Conference

GO VOTE TODAY, HURRY!  Polls do not close until 7 PM!

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)
Free Educational Program

November 17th, 6:30 PM
Texas Parks and Wildlife Headquarters
4200 Smith School Road, Austin TX 78744

Hunters: Join us to learn more about Chronic Wasting Disease


Chronic Wasting Disease has been in the media, but hunters may not know exactly what the disease is, and may have heard misinformation and rumors. Although there is no reason to suspect CWD is present in wild Texas deer, hunters need to be informed.

Please RSVP:

 If you have questions, please e-mail:

Person with disabilities who plan to attend meetings or functions who may need auxiliary aids or services are requested to contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Travis County at (512) 854-9610 two days prior to the event so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.  The Texas A&M University System, U. S. Department of Agriculture and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.


Bastrop/Fayette County Ag Conference

The Bastrop/Fayette County Ag Conference will be held November 13 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds located at 400 W Fairgrounds Road in La Grange. A pre-registration fee of $30 must be received at the Extension office in Fayette County at 255 Svoboda Lane, Rm 134 in La Grange or in Bastrop County at 901 Pecan Street, Bastrop, Texas by November 10th. Late registration at the door will be $40 per person. Checks should be made payable to the Fayette Beef Committee (no cash will be accepted). Registration will begin at 8:00 am with the program beginning at 8:30 am. 

Topics of discussion will include Pesticide Laws and Regulations by Melissa Barton of Texas Department of Agriculture and Dr. Mark Matocha, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agronomy Specialist; Brush Busters Demonstrations by Dr. Megan Clayton, and Dr. Robert Lyons, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Range Specialists; Farm Service Agency Updates by Irby McWilliams, USDA Farm Service Agency; and Aquatic Vegetation Management by Peter Woods, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Aquaculture Program Specialist.

A total of 6 pesticide applicator CEU credits have been approved from the Texas Department of Agriculture for this program (1 General, 2 Laws & Regulations, 3 IPM). Please call the Fayette County Extension Office at (979) 968-5831 if you have questions.

Thursday, October 15, 2015


I wanted to share some good wildfire resources with you from the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).  I hope you take a moment to view the highlights.

Drought Index:

Please be mindful to watch your equipment usage.  Do not leave equipment running in the field in one place for an extended period of time.  Also, pay attention to your machinery...many working parts can easily start fires.   

Keep those suffering from losses due to fires in your hearts at this time.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic wasting disease webinars set for Oct.13 and Oct. 16
AgriLife Extension, Texas Wildlife Association to collaborate
Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576,
Contact: Dr. John Tomecek, 325-653-4576,
SAN ANGELO – Chronic wasting disease will be the topic of a free two-part educational webinar series for deer hunters set from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 13 and Oct. 16.
The webinars are a collaborative effort of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Wildlife Association. Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo and that agency’s lead educational contact on the disease, will conduct both webinars. 
The online webinars can be accessed at www.
Condensed archived versions will be available on the Texas Wildlife Association website following each webinar at: The WebEx platform used for the presentations does not support handheld devices.  
“By now, most Texans, especially the hunting public, have at least heard of this disease,” Tomecek said. “It was first discovered in Colorado in the 1960s. It affects the nervous systems of white-tailed and mule deer, elk, moose and red deer. And as the name implies, results in a chronic wasting away and eventual death of the infected animal. There is no known cure.”
Tomecek said the disease was found for the first time in a white-tailed deer in Texas in Medina County last July, causing great concern among wildlife professionals and enthusiasts.  
“The disease is not known to affect any other type of animal, and there is no indication that it has infected deer outside the closed, high-fenced facilities in Medina County or in Lavaca County, where some of the Medina deer were transported prior to the positive diagnosis.”
The webinars are meant to educate hunters about the disease, its history, symptoms and transmission, as well as to inform the hunting public on how they can participate in monitoring efforts and to remind them of safe carcass handling practices. 
“Hunters are the critical part of the monitoring and managing equation,” Tomecek said. “They can submit tissue samples from harvested deer and maintain healthy deer densities as wildlife managers have done for years. Knowing what’s going on in the countryside is the best way to prevent the spread of this disease should it crop up in wild white-tailed deer populations.”
Tomecek said much has been done to address the concerns and needs of landowners, but now is the time to solicit help from the thousands of hunters preparing to head afield for the upcoming of rifle season for deer.
For more information, contact Tomecek at 325-653-4576, or the Texas 
Wildlife Association’s Clint Faas at 979-541-9803, .

If you're interested in this program, but don't have a way to view the webinar, please let me know:

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Ranch management University & the "Browsing" Beef Newsletter

Starts October 12th!!

And intensive 4.5 day event for new or inexperienced ranchers and landowners. Topics covered include: soils and soil fertility, forage  establishment, pasture management, livestock management, wildlife management, horse management, ruminant production, pond fisheries management, Field demonstrations.

 All meals ( breakfast, lunch, and supper) and break materials are included in the registration fee. Attendees all receive a large manual filled with all PowerPoint presentation and a resource CD with 100 publications regarding all aspects of livestock production, wildlife management, forages, weed management, and much, much more.

 For more information, visit: Http://


The following link will take you to this months edition of Browsing: Click on the link or copy and paste the link in your web address bar.

In this edition you will find the following:

·      How Much Do Consumers Care About How Beef is Produced?
·      Genetic Effects on Behavior & Structure
·      Using Half-Sisters to Increase Uniformity
·      Produce Beef Without Any Mature Cows?
·      BQA Advisory Statement on Use of Pneumatic Darts
·      Effect of Breed Type on Sale Price in Video Auctions
·      Trends in Livestock Auctions in Texas

Monday, September 28, 2015

October Programs - BOTH FREE!!!

Texas Watershed Steward Program

The workshop will provide an overview of water quality and watershed management in Texas, including a discussion on Austin urban watersheds and efforts by the Texas State Soil and Water
Conservation Board, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and area residents to improve and protect them. Free continuing education credits are offered for a wide variety of professional disciplines ranging from licensed Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicators to select TCEQ occupational license holders. For a complete list of CEUs offered, or to register, visit our website or call the number below.

Pre-register for the workshop by going to:
or call 979.862.4457

The Texas Watershed Steward program is a free, one-day educational workshop designed to
help watershed residents improve and protect their water resources by getting involved in local
watershed protection and management activities.

October 14, 2015:
12:30pm- 4:30 pm

Frank Fickett Scout Training & Svc. Center
12500 North IH35
Austin, TX 78753

Capital Crop Conference
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Travis County
October 29, 2015
The Cele Store
18626 Cameron Rd., 
Manor, TX 78653

3 CEUs Offered for FREE! 
1 IPM, 1 Laws & Regs, 1 General

MUST RSVP by Oct. 27 to Sue Carrasco: 512-854-9610 or

9:00-9:30         Registration

9:30-9:45         Welcome - Julie Zimmerman, County Extension Agent, Travis

9:45-10:45       Market Outlook
Dr. Mark Welch
Associate Professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Economist

10:45-11:30     Sugarcane Aphid Update
                                    Wizzie Brown
                                    Program Specialist - Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

11:30-Noon     War on Sugarcane Aphids
                                    Dillon Demuth
                                    Dow Agri-Science

Lunch Sponsored by Williamson County Grain, Helena & Texas A&M AgriLife-Travis County
                        Lunch speaker:
                                    Dustin Owen, Williamson County Grain - Asst. Manager

1:00-1:30         Weather Outlook
                                    Bob Rose
                                    Chief Meteorologist, Lower Colorado River Authority

1:30-2:30         Laws & Regulations
                                    Beau Whisenant
                                    Regional Education Specialist & Inspector, Texas Department of Agriculture

2:30-3:30         Trailer Safety and Laws
                                    Department of Public Safety & Travis County Sheriff’s Office

3:30-3:45         Update from Farm Services/USDA
                                    Tommy Miertschin
                                    USDA County Executive Director, Travis & Bastrop

3:45-4:00         Evaluation & Wrap Up

Person with disabilities who plan to attend meetings or functions who may need auxiliary aids or services are requested to contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Travis County at (512) 854-9610 two days prior to the event so that appropriate arrangements can be made.  Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, religion, disability, age or national origin.  The Texas A&M University System, U. S. Department of Agriculture and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.