Forage Plots, New Equipment to be Featured at O.D. Butler Field Day May 15

May 4, 2015 03:31 AM
Forage Plots, New Equipment to be Featured at O.D. Butler Field Day May 15

New forage planting and harvesting equipment, plus demonstration plots, will be featured at the 29th annual O.D. Butler Forage Field Day scheduled May 15 at Circle X Land & Cattle Company Camp Cooley Ranch Division.

The ranch is located at 4297 Camp Cooley Ranch Road in Franklin, Texas. Registration is $25, which includes handouts and a roast beef lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program starting at 9 a.m.  and concluding at 3:30 p.m. Three hours of general continuing education units will be offered for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator’s license holders.

The event is conducted by the Brazos Area Hay Producers in cooperation with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

“This year’s field day will feature a morning tour of demonstration plots and other forage-related stops,” said Edward Schneider, AgriLife Extension agent for Robertson County. “The afternoon session will include live demonstrations of the latest technology and newest forage-related equipment on the market. The field day will also feature a large group of ag industry booths.”

John Deere, Case IH, Caterpillar and Vermeer will be demonstrating equipment.

“Each company will have enough acreage to demonstrate how the equipment works,” he said. “At the conclusion of the live equipment demonstrations, we will have final door prize drawings and continuing education unit certificates will be handed out.

Schneider said there will be time allotted for booth visitation during the day and door prizes will be sponsored by vendors.

The following are morning tour speakers and topics:

  • Value of Liming Low PH soils, Tony Provin, AgriLife Extension soil chemist, College Station.
  • – How Can Wildlife Plots be Implemented on a Working Ranch?, Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist, College Station.
  • – Tour and Evaluation of Weed Control Plots, Barron Rector, AgriLife Extension rangeland specialist, College Station, and James Jackson, AgriLife Extension program specialist, College Station.
  • – Weed and Brush Control: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Headed?, Paul Baumann, AgriLife Extension state weed specialist, College Station.

For more information, call the AgriLife Extension office in Robertson County at 979-828-4270.

Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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