Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cattle Brand Renewal Starting September 1, 2011 through February 28, 2012, the Navarro County Clerks office will renew brands. If brands are not renewed by February 28, 2012 the brand becomes open to the public. The Navarro County Clerk office is on the first floor of the county courthouse. Questions? Call 903-654-3035.
Wheat Field Day Set for April 28 8am to 11pm 3 CEU's are offered (1 IPM, 1 Laws, 1 General) $10 per person Don't miss this program. We will start at the Brandon Community Center with presentations on Laws and Regulations and a general wheat update from Dr. Rob Duncan, Extension Small Grains Specialist. We will then move the field (East of Mertens, TX on the side of Hwy 22 just east of the county line). We will view replicated variety plots, a plant population study, Canola and Flax. We will wrap up with updates from our two IPM Agents on insect and diseases. If you have questions give us a call at 903-654-3075

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Navarro County Pecan Show Set for December 2 and 3

The Extension Horticulture Committee will be hosting the 2010 Pecan Show on December 3, at the Corsicana Public Library, 100 N. 12th St. in Corsicana. The Pecan Show will demonstrate how to grade pecans for sale based upon the standards by which buyers set the price on marketable pecans. Entries from pecan growers including commercial growers, orchard managers and homeowners are welcomed and encouraged.

Participants are limited to one entry of each named variety they grow. The grower may enter as many varieties, seedlings, known hybrids or natives as desired. One special class, the smallest native, will also be a featured class. Sample entries from one orchard cannot be entered in two county shows. Pecans should be from Navarro County OR ADJOINING COUNTIES WHICH DO NOT HAVE A SHOW.

The exhibitor must be the grower. A minimum of 40 pecans, preferred 42, are necessary for each entry. This minimum sample of 40 should represent the variety and be uniform in size and shell color. Mixed samples (more than one variety in an entry) will be disqualified. The grower may wish to select the heaviest pecans by weighing individual nuts. A varietal entry may be composed of nuts from more than one tree. For example, if a grower has ten Choctaw trees, each tree could contribute nuts to the grower’s one Choctaw entry. Nuts should be without insect and disease damage. The pecans should be free of dust, dirt and shuck remnants. They should not be rubbed to the extent that shape or color is altered. Avoid discolored shells and kernels. This problem may result from peeling pecans from the shucks too early. Pecans exhibited must be from the 2010 crop.

Entries may be brought to the Navarro County Extension office by Wednesday, December 1, by 5pm. The office is located on the third floor of the Navarro County Courthouse or they may be brought to the Corsicana Public Library on Thursday, December 2, 2010 by 8:30am. Ribbons will be awarded to the first three entries in each variety. Champions will be named in the Commercial, Classic and Native divisions and plaques awarded. Awards will be presented on December 3 at 1pm in the Corsicana Library Civic Room and a presentation by Monte Nesbitt, Pecan Program Specialist, on the history of the pecan show, the current market situation and new pecan varieties will follow awards.

We encourage everyone to take the time to submit entries for the show and to include your name, address and variety on each entry. Thanks for interest and support of this endeavor.

QUESTIONS??? CALL 903-654-3075

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tire Disposal Day set for September 24

Navarro County and the City of Corsicana are partnering up once again to offer a Tire Disposal Day to local residents. The event is scheduled for September 24 at the Navarro County Precinct 1 Barn. The facility is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of highway 31 and FM 2555. The program will begin at 7 am and conclude at 2 pm.

Only tires will be accepted on this day and that can include passenger, truck and tractor tires. A fee of $1.00 per tire (NO EXCEPTIONS) will be charged to help offset the escalating costs of this program. There are several General Rules and Regulations that will apply and residents are expected to be familiar with these stipulations prior to attending the event:

1. You MUST be a Navarro County Resident to dump at the Tire Disposal Event.
2. Residents MUST present a drivers license to validate county or city residency.
3. All loads MUST be firmly secured to trucks and/or trailers according to TCEQ regulations.
4. ABSOLUTELY NO commercial tire dealers or haulers will be allowed to dispose of tires and those that attempt to come through the line WILL be turned away.
5. Assistance will be available to unload tires.

If you have questions about this event please call 903-654-3075. This event is made possible by Navarro County, City of Corsicana, Trinity River Authority – Clean Rivers Program, Tarrant Regional Water District and other local sponsors and volunteers.
Master Marketer Program Coming to Waco in 2011

The Master Marketer program is designed for agricultural producers and agribusiness leaders experienced in marketing commodities and having some knowledge of futures and options markets. The course contains 64 hours of intensive marketing training, focusing on cotton, wheat, livestock and feedgrains.

In 2011 it will be held at the Texas Farm Bureau Headquarters.

Session dates are:
I-January 11-13
II-January 26-27
III-February 9-10
IV-February 23-24

Marking education and training pay dividends that will directly improve your bottom line! Previous graduates report their incomes have increased on average more than $33,000 per year.

Want to know more?


Monday, July 19, 2010

Agricultural Waste Pesticide Collection Events

Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Department of Agriculture have announced 2010 Agricultural Waste Pesticide Collection Events. These disposal programs allow agricultural producers to properly dispose of unwanted pesticides. According to the TCEQ website:

The free collections, conducted rain or shine, give agricultural producers who use pesticides in Texas an opportunity to dispose of unwanted products that may pose a hazard to them, their families, and their surrounding farming and ranching communities. The program is strictly voluntary and no one is required to participate. All this is done at no expense to them.
The participants do not have to identify themselves. However, there is a short survey in which the participants are asked questions similar to the ones listed below.
- What county are you from?
- How long has your waste been stored?
- How did you hear about today's event?
- What type of material are you bringing today?
The reason for asking the participant the fourth question–regarding the type of material brought in–is to determine how to properly handle it.

The closest event to Navarro County is to be held in Ellis County on Thursday, September 16 at the Ellis County Youth Expo Grounds. For a complete liest of events that will be held this September and October go to http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/assets/public/assistance/agwaste/FY_2011_schedule.pdf