QuickBooks Pro computer short courses are taught in a single-day format from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center with registration starting at 8:30.

The class registration fee is $50, which covers computer lease payments and teaching materials.  Couples are encouraged to attend and will be charged only one registration fee if you share a computer. Class size for each course is limited to 15 so that individualized attention can be provided to all participants.

QuickBooks Pro is a double entry business accounting program often utilized by agricultural lenders, producers, and small business owners.  In this one-day course, participants use a case study to apply QuickBooks in a hands-on setting.  They learn how to develop cost and profit centers, enter transactions and create meaningful reports. Program tips are discussed throughout the workshop.  No prior computer experience is necessary.

For registration information or questions please contact the Erath Extension Office at 254-965-1460.

Pecan weevils are growing

Homeowners and pecan orchard operators are urged to watch for pecan weevils that can decimate a crop right up to harvest, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service integrated pest management specialist at College Station.

This is not a new pest, but what is new is that it’s being sighted in areas where it’s never been found. It’s a serious pest, ranking right up there with the ubiquitous casebearer that hits developing pecans early in the season practically statewide. Pecan weevils hit late in the season when the nuts are ready to be harvested.

What’s troubling is we are seeing a considerable geographic movement in a pest that was once fairly isolated.

Individual producers must manage this pest if they find it in their orchards as I have seen an instance where no management was applied for several years and upwards of 95 percent of the pecans had pecan weevil damage.

Unfortunately, management of pecan weevil requires at least two late-season insecticide applications, which also kill beneficial insects, thus indirectly causing problems with secondary pests.

In pecan producing states, there is a potential for spreading the pest from infested to uninfested regions. In Texas, 130 of the state’s 254 counties have recorded outbreaks.

Lonnie Jenschke is an Erath County extension agent.