Texas Agricultural Extension Service
Texas A&M University System

November 29, 2000


It has been several years since I could say the soil moisture for small grain production is great and we have weeds growing everywhere. The control of broadleaf weeds is important to save the moisture and nutrients for the desired small grain crop. Producers should read the herbicide label closely. You have to apply Ally as a post-directed application after the wheat has a minimum of two leaves. The use of 2-4, D should be delayed until tiller development is complete. So if you have a weed problem now, read the label closely and select the appropriate herbicide for the weeds needing controlled.

The spray rig is ready to establish a weed control demonstrations. Wild oats, Ryegrass, and Bromegrass tests will be established earilier than in previous years due to the rain received in mid-October. Call me if you need assistance in securing materials, designing a test, or in establishing a plot. If you are planning to establish a weed control demonstration please keep me informed. I would like to know where the tests are, the approximate date of establishment, the size of the weeds when herbicides were applied, and the type of weeds being controlled.


I want to thank Stephen Biles, Justin Hansard, Chris Sansone, Rick Minzenmayer and Tom Guthrie for their assistance in ginning cotton on November 13 and 22 at Lubbock. The fiber samples collected are currently being analyzed. The information will be sent to you as soon as it arrives. We were able to process 176 samples in four hours and 30 minutes due to the effort made by all counties. The gin sample sizes between 600 and 700 grams processed quickly with very few problems. Thanks again for taking the time to weigh and prepare your samples.

Producers are becoming aware of the cottonseed situation. Seed prices at the gins in West Central Texas range from $100 to $150 per ton. Seed supplies for planting may be a concern. If a producer wants a specific variety they should book it and if possible get it delivered and kept in a dry cool place.

Pesticide Recertification Training

On Monday, December 4, There will be a Texas Country Cleanup held at Wall Co-op Gin #2 (Old Wright Fertilizer location) 7 miles east of San Angelo on U.S. Highway 87. This is an opportunity for producers to get rid of pesticides except for 2,4,5-T and Silvex. Several other items like properly cleaned pesticide containers, oil, some oil filters and more can be disposed of at this activity. The collection goes from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for more information go to http://www.tnrcc.state.tx.us/exec/oppr/agwaste/agwaste.html.

On Thursday, December 7, there will be a CEU course conducted in Menard. This is a five hour course and participants should call Terry Millican (Menard at 915-396-4787), Michael Palmer (Paint Rock at 915-732-4304) or Jerry Kidd (Brady at 915-597-1295) to register for the meeting.

On Monday, December 11, there will be a CEU course conducted in Llano. This is a five hour course and participants should call Marilyn Hale (Llano 915-247-5159), Roy Walston (San Saba 915-372-5416), or Brent Drennan (Mason 915-347-6459) to register for the meeting.

Monday, December 11, 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 Tuesday, December 12, there will be a CEU course conducted in Robert Lee. This is a three hour course and participants should call Tommy Antilley (Robert Lee 915-453-2461) to register for the meeting.

On Wednesday, December 13, there will be a CEU course conducted in Sweetwater. This is a three hour course and participants should call Zach Wilcox (Sweetwater 915-236-6912) to register for the meeting.

The demand for time in 2001 is already apparent. We have several outstanding meetings already in development. Chris Sansone and I are currently developing plans for result demonstration work for 2001. If you need assistance in planning a demonstration for your county, please let us know. It is important to give us plenty of lead time when help is needed in securing materials.

For more CEU information visit the TDA Pesticide CEU Page

Monthly Calendar

December 2001

December 1 - 3, Salt Lake City, Utah for National ESP Conference
December 4, Office Conference
December 4, Friends of Extension Meeting in San Angelo
December 5 & 6, TAEXSA Board Meeting in Brownwood
December 7, Multi-County CEU Meeting at Menard
December 11, Multi-County CEU Meeting at Llano
December 13, CEU Meeting at Sweetwater
December 21 - 31, Christmas Holiday

January 2001

January 2, Office Conference
January 9 - 13, Beltwide Cotton Conference at Anaheim, California
January 23, Multi-County Cotton Production Meeting in Martin County
January 24, Multi-County Production Meeting in Jones County
January 24, Production Meeting in Knox County


Billy E. Warrick
Extension Agronomist
Texas Agricultural Extension Service
Texas A&M University System