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High Plains Vegetable Field Day and Farm Tour set for July 28

LUBBOCK - Those interested in vegetable production should mark July 28 on their calendars. That's the date for the third Annual High Plains Vegetable Field Day and Farm Tour at the Texas A&M University System Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

The center is just north of the Lubbock airport (Take exit 11 off of Interstate Highway 27, turn east on Farm to Market Road 1294 and travel approximately one-half mile. The center is on the south side of FM 1294.)

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Attendance is free, and participants will qualify to earn continuing education units approved by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

"We will start off with a walking tour of field plots at the center," said Russ Wallace, Texas Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist headquartered at Lubbock. "The tour will include watermelon, tomato, snap bean and hot pepper variety trials, watermelon and bell pepper fertility trials and several herbicide trials.

"We will also look at a watermelon growth response trial, where watermelons are grown on a variety of colored plastic mulches. We will wrap up the morning by visiting the Texas Tech University crops research farm to view a pumpkin herbicide screening trial and watermelon/cantaloupe fertility trials."

Lunch will be provided, but those who plan to attend should make reservations by contacting Wendy Durrett at (806) 746-6101 by July 20, Wallace said.

"After lunch, we will visit Sunburst Market, Apple Country and the South Plains Food Bank farm. This will give us a chance to discuss production practices with area growers," he added. "We should finish the farm tour around 4 p.m."

For more information, call Wallace or Durrett at (806) 746-6101.

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