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Contact: Juan Pena

(956) 689-2542 ext. 3


Agronomic & Soil Health Field Day in Raymondville

The Willacy County USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Willacy Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) invite farmers, ranchers, and agricultural land managers to the Agronomic and Soil Health Field Day on Wed., Dec. 4, at the Willacy County Livestock Show Grounds. The workshop will be 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) hours will be offered.

Agricultural producers will learn how you can improve your soil health and see hands on demonstrations of what happens with soil that has been conventionally tilled compared to soil with reduced or no tillage. The field day will also give landowners in the Rio Grande Valley the opportunity to learn about variable rate fertilization.

Registration is 7:30 to 8 a.m. NRCS zone agronomist, Bruce Henderson, will open the workshop elaborating on no till/reduced tillage as well as nutrient management. Willie Durham, NRCS state agronomist, will follow with soil health demonstrations and discuss using cover crops and no till to promote soil health. Helena representative will discuss variable rate fertilization. Ashley Gregory with Texas AgriLife Extension Service will review the free soil analysis campaign. Lunch will be sponsored by Helena Chemical Company.

If you plan on attending, please RSVP by Mon., Nov. 25 to Willacy SWCD secretary, Laura Gonzalez, at (956) 689-2542 ext. 3 or laura.gonzalez@tx.nacdnet.net to help us plan for lunch.

NRCS and the SWCD can help plan and implement farm and ranch conservation plans based on the landowners goals for their land. The assistance offered by both agencies is free. Participation is on a voluntary basis. The Willacy SWCD also leases a Brillion Grass Seeder and sells grass seed to local landowners to help facilitate grass establishment.

For additional information on NRCS assistance, contact Willacy Co. NRCS district conservationist, Juan Pena, at (956) 689-2543 Ext. 3 or visit our NRCS website at http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov/.