Category Archives: Ag/NR

AgriLife Extension agricultural pesticide waste collection set Oct 21 in Lubbock

I want to share this announcement with all of our Wharton County Ag Extension contacts.  Yes, Lubbock is far from Wharton County, but I wanted you to be aware of this event as the effort to bring back the Ag Waste Collection events began right here in Wharton County.  Maybe you can pass this along to fellow farmers and ranchers in the Lubbock area. https://agrilifetoday.tamu.edu/2020/09/07/agrilife-extension-agricultural-pesticide-waste-collection-set-oct-21/   AgriLife Extension agricultural pesticide waste collection set Oct. 21 Drive-up, drop-off event at South Plains Fairgrounds SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 The Texas A&M… Read More →

USDA Crop Acreage Report Confirms Wharton County Planted Acres for 2020 By Corrie Bowen County Extension Agent Wharton County   USDA Farm Service Agency policy requires that producers participating in several programs submit an annual report, or certify all cropland use on their farms. These programs include Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Reporting also applies to those who receive marketing assistance loans or loan deficiency payments. The deadline to certify planted acres is July 15th. USDA Farm Services’ Crop Acreage Data Report for the… Read More →

Ground Applications of 2,4-D Allowable by Permit beginning August 24th

Ground Applications of 2,4-D Allowable by Permit beginning August 24th By Corrie Bowen County Extension Agent Wharton County The Texas Department of Agriculture has granted the suspension of a rule regarding the application dates of 2,4-D in Wharton County – Section 7.53(oo)(1) and (2) of the special provisions for Wharton County of the Texas Pesticide Laws and Regulations.  The suspension allows for the ground application of 2,4-D and 2,4-D containing herbicides by permit on the west side of the Colorado River in Wharton County beginning Monday, August 24,… Read More →

An Update to the Mystery, Unsolicited packages of Seed

An Update to the Mystery, Unsolicited packages of Seed – August 5, 2020 By Corrie Bowen County Extension Agent Wharton County On Wednesday, July 29th I distributed a news release that brought attention to mystery, unsolicited seeds delivered by mail in tiny bags marked as jewelry.  The role of the USDA-Animal, Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is to safeguard U.S. agriculture and natural resources from the risks associated with the entry, establishment or spread of animal and plant pests and noxious weeds. Regulations prohibit or restrict the importation… Read More →

Mystery Seeds Arrive in Texas – Recipients advised to report unsolicited seed shipments

Mystery seeds arrive in Texas Recipients advised to report unsolicited seed shipments JULY 28, 2020 Texas residents are now among those across the nation receiving mysterious seeds delivered by mail in tiny bags marked as jewelry. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are on alert because these seeds are unsolicited. Mystery seeds with labeling from China. (Source: Washington State Department of Agriculture) Kevin Ong, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist and director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in College Station, said the concern arises because these packages have seeds in them… Read More →