East Texas Pasture Management

Friday, February 23, 2018 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center 1710 N. Hwy 3053, Overton, TX 75684   Effective weed control with weed identification, proper timing and herbicide selection Forage Insect Pests and Their Control Grazing Strategies for Weed Control Laws & Regulations of Pesticide Use   Registration starts 12:30 pm Program starts 1:00 pm Adjourn 6:00 pm   5 Pesticide CEUs Available    Preregister by Feb. 21, 2018: Cost: $25/ person On-Site Registration Cost: $35/person  (Includes 2018 Herbicide Price Comparison CD) Register online at: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu; or… Read More →

Weed of the Week: Thistles

If left uncontrolled, thick thistle stands can reduce grazing and result in less forage production. A single thistle plant can produce at least 4,000 seeds, which increases the chance for higher thistle populations in the pasture the following year. Consequently, management practices need to be conducted prior to flower formation for effective thistle control. Even if thistles have not infested your pasture in the past, it is ideal that your pastures are scouted in late fall through mid-spring (November to March) to ensure that thistles do not get… Read More →

Eastern Texas Forage Calendar

Need a last minute Christmas gift or an extra stocking stuffer… Landowners interested in managing forage production for grazing and/or hay can use this calendar for management suggestions specific to each month and to record the dates of the management tasks performed. Keeping a record of management activities by date can help you document your management strategies for your pastures each year. To order a copy visit: http://agrilifebookstore.org                                            

Upcoming Pesticide Applicator Trainings

Pesticide Applicators Training (5 CEU’s) Thursday, November 30, 2017 Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center Overton, TX Preregister by Nov. 27, 2017; Cost: $35/person On-Site Registration: $50/person (includes lunch) Register online at: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu   Topics: Effective weed control with weed identification, proper timing and herbicide selection Wild Pig Control Aquatic Weed Control Clover Variety Selection Sprayer Tip Selection       Pesticide Applicators Training (5 CEU’s) Tuesday, December 5, 2017 Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center Overton, TX Preregister by Dec. 1, 2017; Cost: $35/person On-Site… Read More →

Reduce Winter Feeding Program August 24th

Reduce Winter Feeding with Stockpiled Forage and Winter Pasture   Thursday, August 24 2017 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center 1710 N Hwy 3053, Overton, TX 75684   Would you prefer to feed hay for 60 days? 100 days? or 150 days? Here’s an opportunity to learn how to significantly reduce your hay feeding needs.   Topics Include: Stockpiled forage: management and utilization How many acres do you need of stockpiled forage and winter pasture? Cool-season forages and variety selection Establishment and fertilization Grazing and utilization strategies… Read More →

Fall Armyworms

With rain in East Texas, fall army worm infestations may develop (or already have) in pastures and hayfields. Below is information on management of fall armyworm in pastures and hay and a list of labeled insecticides (click on “Armyworm Fact Sheet”). As always remember to read the label of all pesticides before use! Armyworm Fact Sheet                   Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson Forage Extension Specialist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Overton, TX vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu

Timing on Weed Control is Critical

Our human nature is to find a simple, one time solution for our problems. Unfortunately, this simple, one time solution does not exist for weed control in pastures and hay meadows. There are several factors that are important when it comes to weed control. These include:   Weed Identification: We cannot make the best management decisions if we don’t even know what the plant is we are trying to eradicate. Identification will determine the timing of our herbicide application along with the herbicide we choose. There are a… Read More →

Upcoming Events

Don’t forget to cheek out the “Events” tab for upcoming events in College Station as well as Overton, TX! Events occurring through out the year will be posted under the “Events” tab. Upcoming Events: East Texas Alfalfa Conference FLYER Southern States Forage Conference FLYER Ranch Management University http://forages.tamu.edu/workshop.html       For local programs contact your County Extension Agent.        

East Texas Pasture Management Program

Friday, February 17, 2017 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center 1710 N. Hwy 3053, Overton, TX 75684   Effective weed control with weed identification, proper timing and herbicide selection Does storage of pesticides impact efficacy? How to properly dispose of empty containers and old pesticides Using herbicides under trees: Is it possible? Save money by understanding active ingredients, residual control and herbicide cost   Registration starts 12:30 pm Program starts 1:00 pm Adjourn 6:00 pm   5 Pesticide CEUs Available    Preregister by Feb. 15, 2017: Cost:… Read More →

Hay Meadow’s Friend or Foe?

Annual Ryegrass…a cool season annual forage often utilized by livestock producers for winter grazing. However, it’s often deemed an enemy of many a hay producer in East Texas. Volunteer annual ryegrass can be common in hay meadows. Winter rainfalls can promote seed germination and seeds can survive for multiple years in our soils. Later maturity of annual ryegrass can delay or prevent our warm season perennial forages (i.e. bermudagrass or bahiagrass) from breaking dormancy in April/May therefore delaying our initial hay cutting.   So how do we manage… Read More →