The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Wharton, Matagorda, Jackson and Colorado counties will hold the annual Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Conference on Jan. 24. 

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Crescent Hall on the Wharton County Fairgrounds, 6036 Farm-to-Market Road 961, Wharton. Onsite registration begins at 8 a.m.

There is no cost to attend and a catered lunch is included, thanks to the event sponsors. In order to plan for the meal, preregistration is requested by Jan. 20 by contacting the AgriLife Extension office in Wharton County at 979-532-3310 or visiting

There are Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units also available at no cost– two integrated pest management and one laws and regulations for pesticide license holders. The event’s one-hour Auxin training will fulfill the annual auxin training requirements for dicamba and 2,4-D choline products. Five CEUs for certified crop advisers are pending. 

Feed grain and cotton conference topics, speakers

The following topics and speakers are on the schedule:

  • Bollworm Update — David Kerns, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension state integrated pest management coordinator, Bryan-College Station.
  • Boll Weevil Update — Michael Hester, Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation regional manager, El Campo.
  • Rice Stinkbug Update — Dalton Ludwick, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension state integrated pest management coordinator, Corpus Christi.
  • Texas Auxin Herbicide Training Dicamba and Enlist Technologies — Scott Nolte, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension state weed specialist, Bryan-College Station.
  • Emerging Diseases in Grain and Cotton — Thomas Isakeit, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension plant pathologist, Bryan-College Station.
  • Cotton Market Update — John Robinson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension cotton marketing economist, Bryan-College Station.
  • RACE Trial Update/Current Cotton Research — Ben McKnight, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist, Bryan-College Station.
  • Best Management Practices to Prevent Plastic Contamination in Cotton — Lauren Krogman, manager, marketing and processing technology, National Cotton Council, Cordova, Tennessee.
  • Grain Market Update — Yuri Calil, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist, Corpus Christi.
  • Susan Himes is a writer and media relations specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife. She writes news releases and features from science-based information generated by the agency. She also covers human interest stories and events across the state.
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