A seminar on how to manage through a drought has been set for Sept. 1, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Bois d’ Arc Cowboy Church at Bonham, TX.
Called the Agricultural Management During Drought Seminar, it will be hosted by five Oklahoma and Texas organizations: The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Fannin County Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Fannin County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), Fannin County and Grayson County AgriLife Extension Service and Bois d’ Arc Cowboy Church.
“We want our producers to have quality information on as many topics as possible so they can make informed decisions and successfully make it through this drought,” says Hugh Aljoe, consultation program manager.
It will include presentations by Randy Moore, Fannin County NRCS district conservationist, and Noble Foundation ag consultants. Moore will review the potential of renovating ponds during drought. The Noble Foundation speakers will be:
Dan Childs, economic consultant, who will review tax consequences of livestock sales during drought.
Chuck Coffey, pasture and range consultant, who will discuss fall management options for stressed pastures, specifically looking at the current drought cycle, reserve herd days, over-seeding and pasture recovery.
Steven Smith, wildlife and fisheries consultant, who will discuss how drought will affect wildlife food supply, especially on white-tailed deer.
Job Springer, economic consultant, who will preview the upcoming market outlook and look at producers’ inevitable decisions to winter cows or sell herds, as well as the potential for repurchasing cattle in spring.
Clay Wright, livestock consultant, who will describe drought management steps for cow-calf producers, including tips for culling, feeding alternatives and maintaining body condition scores and water considerations.
The seminar is free, but advanced registration is requested. Register by calling Fannin County Natural Resources Conservation Service at 903-583-9513, ext. 3.