Small grains seminar slated in Thorndale

As the summer harvest is winding down, producers will surely be making decisions for production for the coming year. At this time, especially with the drought still upon us and our economic decisions being paramount, there will most certainly be some difficult decisions to be made.

The Milam and Williamson county offices of Texas Agrilife Extension Service will be holding a Small Grains Seminar to equip producers with more information to make sound decisions. The meeting will be held on Friday, August 21, 2009 at the Thorndale Fireman's Hall. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 9 and conclude at noon with a sponsored meal.

Dr. Gaylon Morgan, agronomist, will discuss varieties and the uniform variety trials from 2009, as well as fertility and disease issues that we may face in the upcoming season.

Dr. Mark Welch, Agricultural Economist will give a market outlook for small grains, feed grains, and the market in general.

Finally, Dr. Jason Banta, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist will discuss some options and considerations for grazing cattle on wheat.

These speakers will present information that may make the decision making process simpler. There will be excellent information to be obtained for producers who are producing wheat and oats for grain, grazing livestock, or both.

Please inform the county office if you are planning to attend this event. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Milam Extension Office at 254-697-7045.

Feral hog damage

In addition to the devastating effects of the prolonged drought on crops and pastures, feral hogs continue to negatively affect our profitability and productivity.

While statewide research is ongoing, and the economic impacts are staggering, the Milam County Extension Office would like to have more information regarding the true damage of feral hogs to agricultural production in Milam County.

Through this survey, we hope to garner more accurate economic damages incurred by row crop producers, livestock producers, and forage producers alike. We will be sending out a survey to all who are interested in participating in the near future. In the meantime, please phone or stop by the Milam County Extension Office to sign up to participate in the survey.

Information that we will need from you will be as follows Acres in production in cultivation (row crop and small grains), hay production (annual and perennial), and pasture (improved and native).

Also, the locations of the damaged fields as well as any physical features such as creeks and wooded areas will be beneficial. We would also like to know an estimate of acres damaged per area, value of the crop from that particular production segment, and expenses to recover from damages such as replanting, or fixing wallows and fences.

Also, any expenses incurred attempting to abate damages such as hunting, trapping, exclusion fencing, and other activities. Further, any livestock losses experienced due to hogs, and details as to the manner of loss.

In addition, if you have been forced to plant crops or utilize your land differently than would be to your agronomic benefit, please note that as well. This information will be for the crop year 2009, beginning in September 2008 through August 2009.

The plan is for this to become an annual survey.

While strictly voluntary, the more detailed and accurate the information, as well as the more producers that participate, the more we can validate the information from this study and accurately express the impact that these animals have on our productivity and profitability.

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