West Texas Organic Cotton and Peanut Tour Set

Working with organic producers, specialists, and researchers a great organic tour of both peanut and cotton production has been planned for Thursday, September 1st in the Seminole area.  The tour will start with registration at 8:00 am at the Gaines Co. Civic Building in Seminole at 402 NW 5th Street (Corner of NW 5th and NW Ave. D).  The tour will leave at 8:45 am from the Civic Building and return at noon for a sponsored lunch. Two continuing education credits will be offered on the tour. 

The first stop on the tour will be on the Neil Froese Peanut Farm just north of Seminole on CR 110 east of Hwy 62.  At this organic peanut field tour participants will discuss growing organic peanuts and production in 2022.  Dr. John Cason, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Peanut Breeder and Dr. Emi Kimura, Extension Agronomist, will talk about peanut variety trials, including one in this field for organic peanuts.  Issues about weed control, insects or diseases of peanuts will be discussed.

The next stop will be at the Rob Warren farm south on FM 1429 across Hwy 180 to CR 421 (Fairview Rd.) where his farm is a few miles down on the left.  Tour participants will have a chance to talk about organic cotton on both upland and Pima fields.  Dr. Jane Dever, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Cotton Breeder and Dr. Emi Kimura will be on hand to discuss cotton production and breeding in 2022.

Sponsors for the Organic Cotton and Peanut Tour include Birdsong Peanut who is the meal sponsor, South Plains Compost, Marrone Bio, American Plant Food, Algrano Peanut, Certis Biologicals, Texas Peanut Producers Board, Wilco Peanut, Trico Peanut, Viatrac Fertilizers, Texas Earth, Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts, All Star Peanut, GreenDirt, Vestaron, Helena Agri. Enterprises, Kunafin Insectary, and New Deal Grain.

To participate in the Tour and to get an accurate head count for the meal please call Amanda (Gaines Co. Extension Office) at (432) 758-4006.

Author: Bob Whitney, Regents Fellow & Extension Organic Specialist

Agriculturalist, extension educator and researcher, organic agriculture enthusiast and promoter, international program developer, Christian, husband, father and friend.

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