Big Country Wheat Conference in Abilene Aug. 18

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ABILENE — Alternative crop options and latest in new technology will headline this year’s Big Country Wheat Conference in Abilene.

The biennial event conducted by the Texas A& M AgriLife Extension Service will be held Aug. 18 in the Big Country Hall located on the Taylor County Exposition Center grounds, 1982 Lytle Way. The conference is free of charge if attendees are pre-registered by Aug. 15, but $20 fee will be charged thereafter.

On-site registration will start at 8:30 a.m. and the conference will start at 9 am and end at 4:15 p.m.

“Current wheat prices have many producers looking for alternatives,” said Robert Pritz, AgriLife Extension agent in Taylor county. “We have heard a lot of producers looking for different options, so our goal for this year’s Big Country Wheat Conference will be to help wheat growers determine the

pros and cons of alternative crop options. We’re also offering them the best possible decision-making and production tools to better equip them for making the tough choices they face in the coming months and years.”

Along with the emphasis on alternative crop options, Pritz said this year’s conference will also stress the latest crop production technological advancements.

Other conference topics and speakers will include:

World Wheat Outlook, Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grain marketing economist, College Station.

 Ag. Lending for Today’s Wheat Producer, Jason Gibson, vice president lending, Capital Farm Credit, Abilene.

 Crop Rotation and Alternatives to Wheat, Dr. Paul DeLaune, Texas A& M Research scientist, Vernon. 

Short-term and Longterm Weather Forecasts, National Weather Service, San Angelo.

Soil Fertility Management for Wheat Production, Dr. Jake Mowrer, AgriLife Extension soil fertility specialist, College Station.

Wheat Variety Performance, Insect and Disease Management, and Latest in Technological Advancements in Field Crop Production, Dr. Clark Neely, AgriLife Extension small grains specialist, College Station.

Weed Management and Weed Resistance, Dr. David Drake, AgriLife Extension agronomist, San Angelo.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units one general, one integrated pest management and one laws and regulations – will be available for private pesticide applicator license holder.

For more information and to preregister, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Taylor County at 325-672-6048.

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