Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service webinar Jan. 24 will cover various options for aquatic vegetation prevention.

Registration is $35 at tx.ag/AquaticVegetationProgram. The program will be from 6-7:30 p.m.

The program will be presented by Brittany Chesser, AgriLife Extension aquatic vegetation management program specialist and lead diagnostic scientist at AgriLife Extension’s Aquatic Diagnostics Laboratory, Bryan-College Station.

Chesser will discuss potential prevention methods, including using pond dyes, to suppress aquatic vegetation growth. The options covered also take into consideration the cost, time and labor, and effective timing of various treatments.

Manage aquatic vegetation early

The presentation will also cover some of the first aquatic vegetation species that may begin to establish to ensure early detection, resulting in more effective control, Chesser said.

“The beginning portion covers how to limit light and nutrients that allow algae and aquatic vegetation to grow,” she said. “I will cover the different application methods for pond dyes and beneficial plants that act as nutrient buffers by up taking nutrients before they enter a pond. These are methods that can be implemented early but might not be an option if pond owners wait too long.”

Chesser will be joined by Todd Sink, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension aquaculture specialist and director of the AgriLife Extension Aquatic Diagnostics Lab, Bryan-College Station.

A 30-minute question-and-answer session will follow the one-hour program.

Once payment is received, an email will be sent that includes a receipt, registration confirmation and instructions for accessing the webinar. 

Adam Russell is a communication specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife. Adam is responsible for writing news releases and feature articles focused on Texas A&M AgriLife Extension programs and science-based information generated by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists across the state. He also generates the weekly Texas Crop and Weather Report and handles public and media relations.