Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, [email protected]
Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600, [email protected]

BUSHLAND – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research will jointly host a forage sorghum silage tour near Bushland on Sept. 13.

“No matter what your goals are in your operation, with 78 different varieties in these trials, there are valuable results and information for everyone,” said Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo. “Bushland has received 9.5 inches of rain since July 26, so the plots look fantastic.”

The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end around 11:30 a.m.

Dr. Bell in sorghum field
Dr. Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist, visits with attendees of the 2016 forage sorghum silage tour. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter)

To get to the forage sorghum silage plots from Amarillo, follow the signs west from the elevator at Bushland.

Bell will lead the hybrid discussions, as well as discuss agronomic management and nutritional characteristics of forage sorghums. Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist in Amarillo, will outline management guidelines for sugarcane aphids in forage sorghums.

New this year will be a presentation by Lizabeth Gresham, AgriLife Extension family and consumer sciences agent for Potter County, linking agriculture and health, as well as promoting grain sorghum in the human diet.

Two Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator continuing education units will be offered – one integrated pest management and one general.

For additional information or exact directions, contact Bell at 806-341-8925 or [email protected] the week of the event.