Special soil test deadline is Monday

As the cost of fertilizer continues to rise, and agriculture producers are forced to look ever more closely at the bottom line of producing their crops, soil sampling just makes sense. Not to mention making sure that your crop has adequate nutrients to achieve its production potential.

This campaign gives producers the opportunity to have their soil tested to determine its current fertility and receive a recommendation to improve the fertility required to produce the best crop possible.

The testing campaign has been extended slightly due to the recent rains. New deadline will be Nov. 16.

Cost for a routine test will be $6 and a routine test with micronutrients will be $10. All soil tests and forms must be returned to the county extension office and will be delivered to the testing lab together. Payment must be by check payable to Milam County ELAB.

In exchange for the reduced testing cost, some information regarding your agriculture land will be required.

Some of the information will be to provide the amount of acres the sample represents, your planned fertilizer application for the coming year, your crop and yield goal, and if the soil had been sampled in the past three years.

Sample results will be returned to your extension office and distributed there. The information that is generated from these reports will be utilized in educational programs at our meetings. Contact the Milam County Extension Office for more information on this great opportunity.

County Pecan Show

The Milam County Horticulture Committee will once again host the Milam County Pecan Show. This is an opportunity to have your pecans evaluated to determine quality and compete against other growers within the county.

Any pecans grown in Milam County, whether they are from commercial orchards, or backyard trees are eligible, as long as they were grown within the county.

Categories for classic and commercial varieties, as well as natives are available. If you are unsure of the variety, please bring a sample and we will help you identify them.

Please bring your entry in a 1 gallon ziplock bag containing 42 intact pecans to the Milam County Extension Office by 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23.

Judging will take place at 9 a.m. Nov. 24 at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce.

Winning entries will advance to the Regional Show in Brenham, and Regional w inners advance to the State Pecan Show to be held in July 2010.

Remember that all pecans entered will become property of the Milam County Horticulture Committee.

The Pecan Show is held in conjunction with the Milam County Pecan Baked Food Show.

If you have any questions, please call the extension office at 254-697-7045.

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