If you’re anywhere near Vernon, TX, you may want to take a half day to attend the free Apr. 7 field day focusing on forages and cattle.

Co-sponsored by Texas Cooperative Extension, the Texas Agricultural Experi-ment Station and AgriPro Wheat, the field day begins with an 8 a.m. registration at the Texas Foundation Seed Service facility in Lockett. The facility is next to Texas A&M’s Ag Research and Extension Center at Vernon.

Participants can examine the Vernon center’s research on cool-season peren-nial forages or caravan to the Smith/Walker research unit to hear presentations on:

  • Reduced tillage practices for grazed and ungrazed wheat.
  • Managing bloat in stocker cattle.
  • Nitrogen fertilizer rates and application timing.
  • Weed control options.
  • Grazing intensity and grazing termination dates.

Following the morning tours, two speakers at the foundation seed facility will discuss USDA's national animal identification program and the beef market outlook. A lunch and keynote speaker will wrap up activities. Participants qualify to earn three continuing education units. Sign up at a local extension office or call the Vernon center at 940-552-9941.