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As an Agriculture Extension Agent for Texas AgriLife Extension Service I have had an opportunity to be involved in just about every aspect of agriculture. From the 5,000 cow dairy to the types of trees to use in a home landscape I have had a chance to learn how the different parts of an agriculture systems work together. Seedless watermelons, drip irrigation, pecan orchard management, fruit crop development, dairy nutrient management, environmental issues confronting agriculture, producer tours, field days, research projects and more have been a part of my life for over 30 years as I lived and breathed agriculture. Since 2004 I have been actively involved in consulting internationally working in Honduras, Guatemala, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, India, and China. I have worked with missionaries and other groups dedicated to alleviating poverty among third world farmers. I lived in the Middle East in 2007-2008 working on a project for the Borlaug Institute of International Agriculture at Texas A&M University. In this project I was the Chief of Party and Team Leader for a $5.7 Million dollar effort to train Iraqi Extension agents and specialists in all aspects of agriculture.

Monday, July 19, 2010

How Much to Water?

I am asked over and over how much do I need to water my lawn. Extension has developed recommendations that in general say you should water 1 inch per week. These are general because of differences in soil, plant, rooting depth and even shade. We have a weather station here at our Extension office that is programmed to help landscapers and homeowners know how much water they need. The information is available on texaset.tamu.edu and is fantastic. I have signed up for a weekly notification on the website so that it sends me an email and tells me how much to water for every week. I get the email on Friday and can water through the weekend to replace what was lost during the week to evapotranspiration. Evapotranspiration is the water lost from the soil surface and the plant together. I have told the program that I have bermudagrass for sod and I want normal growth. Here are the recommendations.
Date     Evapotranspiration
07/09    0.15
07/10    0.18
07/11    0.26
07/12    0.24
07/13    0.26
07/14    0.29
07/15    0.28

7 day watering recommendation for Bob Whitney:  0.60 inches  (assuming no rainfall)*
Plant Coefficient: Warm Season Turfgrass
Adjustment Factor: Normal

Friday, July 16, 2010

Texas State Pecan Show

The state pecan show is held each year during the Texas Pecan Growers Meeting. This year it was in San Marcos and had about 300 entries. Hopi won the commercial division.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pecan Field Day Set for August 11

Texas AgriLife Extension, Williamson County, has planned a Pecan Field Day for Wednesday, August 11 at Berry Springs Park and Preserve at 1801 CR 152 near Georgetown. Registration for the field day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 10:00 a.m. and lasting through a sponsored noon meal. Cost of the Pecan Field Day is $5 per person. The Pecan Field Day will include two hours of Continuing Education Credits for private, commercial and non-commercial applicators. To preregister for the Pecan Field Day please contact the Williamson County Extension office at 512/943-3300 or email at dmcolburn@ag.tamu.edu
Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in this tour are encouraged to contact the Extension office at 512/943-3300 by August 6, 2010 to determine how reasonable accommodations can be made.
Discussing pecan weevil, pecan yellow and black aphids and other insect problems growers face will be Mr. Bill Ree, Extension Pecan Entomologist. Bill is based in College Station with state-wide responsibilities for educational programs in pecan insect management and is a great resource for pecan growers. This date for the Pecan Field Day should correspond with previous years dates for making the first pecan weevil sprays. The field day will be a great opportunity to catch up on the latest management of pecan insects and sightings of pecan weevil.
Next on the program will be Monte Nesbitt, Extension Horticulturalist and State Pecan Specialists for Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Monte was on our program in May and everyone enjoyed his discussion very much. Monte will discuss more about variety selection for production and less problems, some information on planting trees this fall and winter, care of trees in August and September and orchard preparation for harvest.
Sponsors for the Pecan Field Day include Dow AgroSciences.