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For homeowners interested in managing and improving backyard pecan trees, this program will certainly be of benefit to you. The program will begin at 6pm with the awards from the 2010 Pecan Show. The program should last approximately one hour and w ill feature Bill Ree, Extension Pecan Entomologist. Ree is highly regarded for his knowledge not only of pecan insect management, but tree management in general. There is no cost for this program.
Additionally, the Milam County Extension Horticulture Committee will have their pecan cracker at the YEB and will be cracking pecans for the public throughout the day for a cost of 25 cents per pound. Sorry, no native pecans will be accepted for cracking. The funds generated by the pecan cracking will support educational programs in the area of horticulture in Milam County.
And finally, it is not too late to submit pecans for the Pecan Show. Entries must be turned in by noon on Nov. 18 to the extension office. Forty-two pecans of the same variety from this years’ crop in a plastic zip-top bag comprises an entry. Call the extension office at 254-697-7045 for more information.
P RIVATE PES TRAINI NG</BOLD interested in obtaining their Private Pesticide Applicators License to buy and apply restricted use pesticides is invited to attend this training. There is a required three hour training course followed by an opportunity to take the test for the license with our area TDA inspector.
Cost for the program is $35 and includes the training materials and refreshments. Please call the Extension office at 254-697-7045 with questions, to register, and pick up your materials.
COTTON GROWERS– For any row crop producer or crop landowner who may be interested in growing cotton in the coming 2011 crop year is encouraged to attend the Cotton Growers meeting which will be held on Dec. 14 at the Fireman’s Hall in Thorndale.
This program will feature discussions and presentations by highly regarded speakers and researchers in the areas of Blackland Cotton Production, Root Rot Management, Economics of Cotton Production, Insect Management, Boll Weevil eradication program and cotton stalk destruction.
This program would benefit producers who have been planting cotton for many years, may be looking to expand cotton acreage, as well as those for whom the last cotton crop has been many years ago. Please call the Milam County Extension Office to register by Dec. 10 at 254-697-7045.