Please respond with Estimates of Damages from the February 14-20, 2021 Winter Storm in Wharton County

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To:  Wharton County Farmers and Ranchers

RE:  Estimates of Damages from the  February 14-20, 2021 Winter Storm in Wharton County

I hope that all of you are recovering from the recent winter storm.  The recent winter storm has caused many hardships for a lot of people across our state and especially in the Southeast Region where we are not used to such harsh and prolonged winter temperatures.  I have been asked by the State of Texas to collect information related to estimated ag losses in your Wharton County.  Additionally, please let me know of specific issues or needs that I should be passed along.

Please find attached a fillable pdf form to report this information associated with the winter storm.  Please fill in the form to the best of your ability with an estimate of your damages/losses and return it to me by 12:00 p.m. tomorrow,   Monday, February 22nd.  You can also just reply with an email with your loss estimates, without having to download the entire form.   I will then use all answers to estimate an average across of losses across the county.  Each County is being asked to report losses.  Please send me only your losses for Wharton County.  Thank You.

Agriculture-Response-Assessment- Winter Storm February 2021


USDA Texas FSA Program Updates Webinar Feb 12

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Dear Extension Clientele,

We want to bring to your attention this upcoming one hour webinar event from the USDA Texas State Farm Service Agency on February 12, 2021. The online program will address navigating COVID-19 in the current stage of the pandemic. Important updates will include “Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) and Quality Loss Adjustment Program (QLA)”, “Farm Loan Programs”, and “Agriculture Risk and Price Loss Coverage Program”.

Registration begins today and will last through February 11, 2021. To register for this free event, go to




Reminder: Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Conference next week, January 26

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I’m sending this out as a reminder that the Wharton County Row Crops Committee and Texas A&M AgriLIfe Extension will be hosting our annual Feed Grain and Cotton Conference next week, on January 26th.

Unlike past years, this year we’re having to hold our conference online, via Zoom. We have held a few Zoom conferences this past week, for the Rice Conference and Grain Handlers Conference.  A common problem that we had was that many producers had not downloaded Zoom onto their computer or handheld devices prior to the conference.

If you have not downloaded the Zoom app to your desktop or to your phone or tablet, click here, for instructions on downloading the zoom app .  Be sure to have Zoom downloaded to your computer or to your smart phone or tablet prior to next Tuesday.

Also, don’t forget to register on EventBrite – See details below.  After you register, we will email the Zoom link to you on Monday, January 25, 2021 for the Feed Grain and Cotton Conference that is to be held on January 26th.  If you have any questions on registering, or downloading Zoom, just give us a call at the Wharton County Extension Office.  Please take the time to recognize our current list of generous sponsors who are helping to make this virtual conference possible – see attached slide show.

Virtual Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Production Conference -January 26, 2021

 By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Wharton County

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Wharton, Matagorda, Jackson, and Colorado Counties are happy to announce the Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Conference for Tuesday, January 26, 2021.   Last year we brought in a record 190 farmers to this annual row crop conference.  We’ve all been “hopeful” that we could pull-off this conference in 2021 in it’s traditional, in-person setting.  However, due in current agency guidelines regarding programming during Covid-19, we have made the decision to provide this conference in a virtual format.  This year’s conference will be held online, via Zoom.    Registration began today, and will last through January 25, 2021.  To register for this event, go to  3 CEUs will be awarded to pesticide license holders with the Texas Department of Agriculture (1 IPM, 1 L&R, 1 General); and CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors have been applied for.  Thanks to our ag industry sponsors, no registration fee will be charged.


The Feed Grain and Cotton conference will address the following topics: Bollworm Update – David Kerns, Texas IPM Coordinator; Soybean Production on the Gulf Coast – Dr. Ron Schnell, Extension  Cropping Systems Specialist; Weed Management in Grain Crops – Dr. Josh McGinty, Assistant Professor and Extension Agronomist;  2020 Texas Auxin Herbicide Training Dicamba and Enlist Technologies – Dr. Dr. Josh McGinty; Insect Management in Soybeans – Stephen Biles, County Extension Agent—IPM; Grain Market Update – Mark Welch, Extension Grain Marketing Specialist; Nematode Resistant Cotton Traits and Chemical Control of Nematodes in Cotton – Jenny Dudak, graduate student Texas A&M University; and RACE Trial Update/Current Cotton Research – Ben McKnight, Extension Cotton Specialist.


The annual Auxin training will be a one-hour training for 2021.  The Auxin training that is provided as part of the Feed Grain and Cotton Conference will fulfill the annual auxin training requirements for Dicamba and 2,4-D Choline products and will include 1 hours of Laws and Regulations CEUs.


For more information or for a copy of the conference flyer, go to , or contact Stacey at the Wharton County Extension Office at (979) 532-3310, or  Please register by January 25th by going to the EventBrite registration site, or by calling the Wharton County Extension Office.  You’ll need to enter your email address, pesticide and/or CCA license number at the time of registration.  On the day before the Grain/Cotton Conference we’ll email to you the link and log-in details for Zoom.


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The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.  Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid, service or accommodation in order to participate in any Extension activity, are encouraged to contact the County Extension Office for assistance 5 days prior to the activity.



Corrie P. Bowen
County Extension Agent – Agriculture & Natural Resources
Wharton County

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