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Cotton ready for harvest at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Halfway Research Station (2017).

Hale County Field Day to highlight Auxin damage study

Dr. Jourdan Bell to host a question and answer session on managing late grain crops or damaged cotton.

A field day highlighting an Auxin Damage and Drift Study conducted by IPM Agent Blayne Reed will be held Friday, Aug. 2, west of Plainview, Texas, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Halfway Research Station.

Other presentations will include information from trials on irrigation, corn, bollworms and the sugarcane aphid. Extension District Agronomist Dr. Jourdan Bell will conclude the field day with a question and answer session on managing late grain crops or damaged cotton. 

"Due to challenging planting conditions, there are many different scenarios across the Texas High Plains fields this year," states Bell, "such as late-planted cotton, cotton that is developmentally delayed, or late-planted grain crops that were planted behind terminated cotton or planted where producers were not able to plant cotton due to wet fields. Consequently, the field day will not only provide an opportunity to tour research plots but also have an open discussion about the numerous production challenges facing farmers this year. Blayne Reed and I hope to discuss topics such as irrigation timing, in-season herbicide applications, insect scouting, in-season fertility, and foliar diseases in corn."

The free event begins at 9 a.m. with registration and concludes at noon with a free lunch. The Halfway station is located at 823 W. US Highway 70. 

Three CEUs are available; two in Drift and one in IPM. To view an informational flyer, click here, or call 806-291-5267. 

The field day is sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Texas IPM.


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