Erath, Comanche and Hamilton counties will host a Central Texas Irrigation Summit & Trade Show Dec. 12 at the AgriPlex Center on Hwy. 36 in Comanche. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting at 9.

Topics will include Aquifer Permits, Precision Irrigation Technologies, Pivot Control Systems, Irrigation Management Research Using Site-Specific Systems, Variable Rate and Irrigation Scheduling Technology, Crop Requirements and Soil Moisture Monitoring, Salinity and Water Quality, Dealing With Manganese and Iron Clogging and other SDI experiences, Economics of  Subsurface Irrigation System and a Trade Show to see the latest in technology.

Contact the Erath County Extension Office at 254-965-1460 to RSVP or with any questions.


Farm and Ranch seminar

A multi-county Farm and Ranch Seminar for farmers and ranchers conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in District 8 is scheduled Dec. 14. 

Private Applicators License holders must obtain 15 hours of CEUs every five years to renew/recertify their license; including two hours of Laws and Regulations, two hours of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and any mix of these and General hours to equal the required 15 hours of CEUs. Licensed commercial and non-commercial applicators are required to recertify every year by obtaining five continuing education credits with one credit each from two of the following categories: laws and regulations, integrated pest management or drift minimization.

The seminar will provide participants with the opportunity to receive up to eight (8) CEUs. 
Of these eight (8) hours, three (3) hours will be in General, two (2) hours in IPM, two (2) hour in Laws and Regulations, and one (1) hour in Drift.  Licensed commercial and non-commercial applicators will be able to obtain their required five hours within the first five hours of the program.

Topics and speakers include:

General Laws and Regulations (1 L&R) presented by local AG extension agent Management Guidelines and Control Options for Feral Hogs, Mr. Josh Helcel, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service Effective Aquatic Vegetation Control Options, Steven Bardin, Fisheries Biologist – Texas Pro Lake Management Science Behind the Technology, Dr. Gaylon Morgan, State Cotton Specialist, Tx A&M Agrilife.   Integrated Pest management of Common Pests, Dr. Sonja Swiger, Livestock Entomology Specialist Weed and Brush Identification and Control Options, Dr. Scott Nolte, Weed Specialist New Technologies in Weed and Brush Management, James Jackson, Extension range Specialist Plant Pathology and Disease Management in Trees and Turf grass, Dr. Kevin Ong, Plant Pathologist Registration is $50, which includes lunch, breaks and handout materials. 

Registration will begin at 7a.m. with presentations starting from 7:30-4 p.m.

Pre-register by contacting 965-1460 or

Lonnie Jenschke is and Erath County extension agent.