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Stiles Farm Field Day scheduled for June 20

The use of guidance systems in row crops, new cotton technology systems, plus the latest research results on weed control, aflatoxin and drought tolerant corn will be showcased at the 43rd Stiles Farm Field Day on June 20.

Registration is at 8 a.m., and concurrent sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. The event is free, and participants can receive three continuing education units or three certified crop advisor units by signing in at the registration table.

The 8:30 a.m. concurrent sessions include:

* Crop Weed Control Systems: Paul Baumann, Texas Cooperative Extension weed specialist, and Dr. Monty Dozier, Extension water resources specialist.

* Guidance Systems and Applications of Systems in Farming: Steve Searcy, Texas Agricultural Experiment Station agricultural engineer.

* New Cotton Technology Systems for the Texas Blacklands: Robert Lemon, Extension state cotton specialist.

* Aflatoxin and Drought Tolerance in the Corn Breeding Program in Texas: Javier Betran, Experiment Station corn breeding researcher.

The Taylor Chamber of Commerce will host an awards program and barbecue lunch at noon.

The 1:30 p.m. concurrent sessions and topics will include demonstrations of equipment, guidance systems and strip till. Mike Masser, Extension fisheries specialist, will discuss farm pond management.

Originally a 3,000-acre family farm, the Stiles Farm Foundation was given to Texas A&M University in 1961 for research and education on Blackland production practices. The farm has held an annual field day for producers and area residents to examine the research and demonstrations in progress since 1963, except for 1996 when it was canceled due to drought. For more information, contact Archie Abrameit at ((512) 898-2214.

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