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LRGV scout school scheduled May 24

Pests & Predators: Anyone interested in learning more about cotton and grain in the LRGV is invited to attend the upcoming scouting school in Weslaco.

Ron Smith, Editor

May 16, 2023

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Scouting school scheduled the Cotton and Grain Scouting School May 24Danielle Sekula

Lower Rio Grande Valley growers, scouts, new scouts, consultants, and anyone wanting to learn about cotton and grain in the LRGV will have an opportunity to upgrade their skills at the Cotton and Grain Scouting School May 24 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service headquarters, 2401 E. Business 83, Weslaco, Texas.

Registration begins at 10 AM and the meeting concludes at 2 PM. The first speaker is scheduled at 10:30, followed by lunch.

Speakers and topics include, “Plant Diagnostics 101: Recognizing and Making Sense of Plant Health Problems,” presented by Olufemi Alabi, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Weslaco.

Danielle Sekula, Extension IPM agent, will discuss “Pests and Predators in Cotton” and also “Pests and Predators in Grain and Other Crops Grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.”

Lunch is free and door prizes will be awarded.

“All of this is made possible by generous Pest Cast sponsors and Cotton Incorporated,” Sekula says. “This will be good for all growers, new as well as experienced scouts, consultants, and others wanting to learn about LRGV crops.”

Participants may receive two IPM CEUs and one General CEU.

For more information call the Hidalgo County Extension Service office at 956-383-1026. To register click on this link:

About the Author(s)

Ron Smith

Editor, Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 30 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Denton, Texas. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and two grandsons, Aaron and Hunter.

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