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“Agriculture News:Dry conditions need to continue to help area rice growers, crop fertilization” By James E. Engbrock County Extension Agent Emeritus Matagorda County

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   Agricultural Situation
   Dry weather is needed for crop producers throughout Matagorda County. Land preparation for rice and fertilization for crops need to continue. 
   The recent cold weather eliminated the green grass for our livestock operations. 
   It is now dry and it is essentially hay. I expect to see some damages in our plants around the home from the cold weather. 
         Happy New Year
   We would like to wish each of you a Happy New Year; we look forward to working with you in your crop, livestock, or lawn and or ornamentals. I enjoyed working with you in 2017 and look forward to the coming year.  
                     Moved
   We moved our offices to the third floor of the Matagorda County Office Building. Our phone number is 979-245-4100. Of course you can also reach me on my cell phone or stop by anytime.
Feed Grain & Cotton Conference
   The 2018 Upper Coast Feed Grain and Cotton production Conference will be Thursday, Jan. 11, at Crescent Hall at the Wharton County Fairgrounds. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and will conclude at noon with a meal provided by sponsors. 
   Topics on grain disease control and grain variety trials will be given by our grain specialist. 
   The cotton information will include a boll worm update, auxin, specific applicator training, cotton diseases and cotton varieties. 
   This information will be given by our cotton specialist. 3 CEUs are provided. 
Gulf Coast Regional Cattlemen’s Workshop & Trade Show
   This workshop hosted by the Matagorda County Cattlemen’s association and the Southwesterner Cattle Raisers Association will be Friday, Jan. 19, at the Bay City Civic Center. 
   The Trade show will start at 4:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:20. One General CEU will be provided. 
   The program features many topics and speakers. 
   The topics will include legislative update, beef cattle nutrition, Farm Service Agency programs, Texas Farm Bureau update, ranch liability, cattle industry update and beef exportation to China. We look forward to seeing you Friday. Jan. 19. 
  Rice Production Conference
   The annual Western rice belt production conference and Texas Rice council annual meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 17. The program will begin at 7:45 a.m. with registration and conclude at 2:15 p.m. 
   The program will include information on weed control, rice diseases, insect management, TDA pesticide laws and regulations. 2018 farm bill update and outlook for rice 2018. 
   The program also will include rice boards in Texas and rice council information.
Saving Family Land Seminar
   A saving family land seminar will be Friday, Jan. 19, at the Bay City Civic Center. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 3 p.m. 
   The program will include information on the impact of land fragmentation in the coastal bend conservation easement minimizing the impact of oil and gas development, returning rice land to range land productivity, sources for conservation easement, as well as a landowner panel. 
   To register you can go to this link:  http://www.txaglandtrust.org/saving-family-lands-seminar-baycity/?utm_so…

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