|October 27, 2000
If you haven't picked up your wheat seed please do so soon. The wheat seed for Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Jones, and Taylor Counties is being stored at Abilene Ag (Be sure to thank Travis Gary and Dub Vinson for letting us keep our seed there). The wheat seed for Concho, McCulloch, and San Saba Counties is here at the Texas A&M Agricultural Research and Extension Center--San Angelo.
As the days of November pass by, the requirements of wheat being planted changes. Every passing week will mean an increase in planting rate, a decrease in the depth that the seed are planted, and a reduction in overall plant performance and development. November planted wheat will have less nutrient requirements than those seeded in September. Only about 30 percent of what is needed for projected production needs to be applied. The remainder can be applied in the February to March time period.
Due to the lack of forage, a number of livestock producers will be wanting to graze wheat as soon as possible. The wheat plant needs time to develop a secondary root system so that is anchored and can handle being grazed. If producers start the grazing process to early the livestock will pull the wheat plant up by the roots and reduce the plant population. Producers should examine the wheat plant and see if the secondary root system has adequately developed before livestock is allowed to graze.
With the recent rains in October, the broadleaf weeds may already be emerging and needing to be controlled. If producers use a hormone herbicide such as 2,4-D to control the weeds they will need to read the label for information concerning herbicide application timing. Most of the 2,4-D labels indicate that the wheat needs to be past the tillering stage before applying the herbicide. You may need to switch over to some other class of herbicide (example: Ally or Amber).
NOTE: The spray rig is ready to establish weed control demonstrations. Wild oats, Ryegrass, and Bromegrass tests will be established earlier than in previous years due to the rain received in mid-October. Call me if you need assistance in securing material, designing a test, or in establishing a plot; please give me as much lead time as possible.
The ginning date for District 7 has been set for November 13, 2000. If you can assist in ginning cotton this year please let me know soon. We usually need four people to get this done. I need to let all the cotton producing counties know who is going so they can make the necessary arrangements to drop off their gin samples. Click here for a blank "gin sheet" that will need to be filled out and sent with your cotton samples. The seven digit sample number is a combination of three numbers; the county number is the first three digits, the producer or plot number is digits 4 and 5, and the sample is assigned a number between 01 and 99 which makes up digits 6 and 7. By using this code it helps to keep samples from getting lost. Try to have your gin samples between 600 and 650 grams. Thanks.
Pesticide Recertification Training
On November 8, a five hour CEU course will be held at the Abilene Civic Center. This training is being hosted by the City of Abilene, the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, and the Texas Department of Agriculture. Click here for a copy of the agenda.
November 13, there will be a training conducted at Abilene for producers needing to obtain a Private Applicators License. For more details and to register for the meeting call Gary Bomar at (915) 672-6048.
On December 7, a five hour CEU course will be held at Menard.
On December 11, a five hour CEU course will be held at Llano.
For more CEU information visit the TDA Pesticide CEU Page