With a mission to empower farm women to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information, Annie’s Project is coming to Stephenville beginning in September. Annie’s Project is a nationally awarded workshop series for women focusing on farm/ranch management. Program topics include decision-making in areas of production, marketing, financial, legal, and human resources risk management, along with information on estate planning.

Classes will be held in Stephenville at the District 8 Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center (1229 N US Hwy 281) on Sept. 7, 14, and 21 and Oct. 5, 12, and 19 from 6-9 p.m.

Registration is limited to 30 participants and the $50 registration fee covers meals and material for all six sessions. For more information, contact Jason Johnson at 254-968-4144, ext. 225 or Lonnie Jenschke at 254-965-1460.

September Range Program

Erath County will host a brush program Sept. 21 at the Texas Agrilife Extension and Research Center. The program will be from 9 a.m.-noon.

Topics will include Weed and Brush Management Application Technology, James Jackson Extension Range Specialist, Dow Chemical Range and Brush Chemical Lineup, Ethan Westfall from Dow Chemical, Laws and Regulations, Lonnie Jenschke Erath County Extension Agent. There will be three CEU’s (1 general, 1 IPM and 1 Laws and Regulation) provided for private applicator license with a $10.00 registration fee. Please RSVP to the Extension Office at 254-965-1460 or erath-tx@tamu.edu by Sept. 19.

Use caution with basal treatments in hot weather

For most of Texas, the window for mesquite leaf-sprays has closed. Leaves are either very mature with a thick epidermis, have insect damage, or pale coloring indicating that leaves will not effectively translocate herbicides to the budzone.
Basal treatments, including stem-sprays and cut-stump treatments, are still options for any time of year. However, these treatments are susceptible to vaporization and subsequent drifting from the application site, damaging non-target plants. These treatments can vaporize because herbicides containing triclopyr ester (Remedy Ultra, Clear Pasture, Triclopyr 4E, etc.) are oil based.

Also, these herbicides are applied in oil-carriers like diesel and vegetable oils, which are also volatile. This vaporization is most likely with temperatures above 90 degrees fahrenheit. To avoid vaporization, apply these treatments under cooler temperatures.

Lonnie Jenschke is an Erath County extension agent.