The Annual South Plains Ag Conference and Trade Show was held on Tuesday, January 17 at the American Legion Hall.
Terry County Agent Zach Bradshaw and Yoakum County Agent Bubba Lamolinare gave the welcome to the over 75 producers and agri-businessmen and women in attendance.
Dr. Jason Woodward, Associate Department Head, Associate Professor, Extension Plant Pathologist and State Peanut Specialist spoke on how to best manage diseases in cotton and peanuts in this time when every dollar spent is tightly squeezed.
Dr. Dana Porter, P.E. Associate Professor, Extension Program Leader and associate Department Head gave a power point presentation on irrigation management and how to be good stewards of the water while still growing the best crops we can.
Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension Sorghum Agronomist, Texas A&M AgrilLife Extension Service talked to the group about soil management and good conservation methods both while growing crops and in the off season while preparing the land for the next year.
Tyler Mays, Extension Agent IPM spoke about insect and pest management. Pests in our crops are becoming more of an issue as regulations on pesticide use continue to get tougher.
Assistant Professor and Extension Cotton Specialist Seth Byrd spoke on cotton production and seed and methods that can help increase yields while maintaining fiber quality in this area where rains do not always come as frequently as we need.
After a lunch cooked and served by the West Texas Young Farmers, commodity group updates were presented. Plains Cotton Growers, Texas Corn Producers, Texas Wheat Producers, USDA-FSA, USDA-NRCS, South Plains Underground Water Conservation District and Brownfield Farmers Co-op all presented updates and information related to their particular fields.
Steve Boston, Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide inspector gave an update on the new laws and regulations concerning the use of chemicals on our farms. This is a bit of a hot topic these days, as those armed with little factual information are making it increasingly more difficult for the farmer to produce his crop effectively.
Wes Beal, an economist with Equity Exchange gave a grain market outlook to the group as he spoke about how the market has changed with regards to the grain crops.
The attendees also enjoyed the various vendor booths and displays around the room as they earned CEU’s towards maintaining their TDA Pesticide Applicator License.