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Officials celebrate 100 years at ag research center

VERNON – The Texas A&M University System Agricultural Research and Extension Center will celebrate 100 years of crops research at its Chillicothe station Sept. 29. The Chillicothe station is 5 miles southwest of Chillicothe on Farm to Market Road 392.

“This half-day event will offer a wealth of knowledge on conservation tillage, cotton variety selection, new technology for weed and insect control, and subsurface irrigation,” said Don Robinson, resident director of the center. “There is no charge to attend. “We will also celebrate our golden anniversary of crops research at Chillicothe with a look back at the development of hybrid grain sorghum, an historic overview of the station, an antique farm equipment display and a trade show featuring regional agribusinesses.”

The centennial field day will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Morning field tours will begin at 8:30 a.m. and 8:50 a.m., with each lasting about 90 minutes. A producers’ panel discussion of conservation tillage and no-till production is slated just prior to lunch.

“Our keynote lunch speaker is Dr. Elsa Murano, vice chancellor of agriculture at Texas A&M University and director of the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station,” Robinson said. “We will adjourn shortly after her lunch presentation.”

Participants can qualify to earn continuing education units approved by the Texas Department of Agriculture and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.

For more information call the Vernon center at (940) 552-9941, or county Extension offices across the Rolling Plains.

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