Annually, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Nueces County Crops Committee host a Crop Tour highlighting area crop production and applied research demonstration being conducted by AgriLife Extension in cooperation with area growers. This year the tour will be held on May 31st. With registration for the tour will begin at 8am at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 10345 Highway 44, Corpus Christi with buses departing promptly at 8:30.

This will be an excellent opportunity for producers to obtain hands on information about several emerging issues affecting crop production in the Coastal Bend, as well as, obtain continuous education units (CEUs) for their pesticide licenses. Insect and Weed Management, as well as, the use of UAV Drone Technology will all be featured on this year’s tour program.

Decent soil moisture at planting, along with some early rain has helped fields along but crops have been exhibiting varying degrees of moisture stress over the last few weeks. Forecasted rainfall this week would help area crop production and help set it up for a better harvest.

Tour participants will have a chance to see several on-farm applied research demonstrations that have been established this year and several insect and weed management demonstrations being conducted at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center.

On the AgrLife Center participants will see the latest research efforts on cotton fleahopper and sugarcane aphid management, demonstrations on cotton technology traits for insect management and the new herbicide technology. Research on weed management options in cotton, corn, and grain sorghum will also be discussed. Speakers at this year’s tour will include Dr. Robert Bowling, AgriLife Extension Entomologist and Dr. Josh McGinty, Extension Agronomist.

At the completion of the tour a complementary lunch will be provided and Mac Young, Extension Program Specialist will give participants an update on current crop markets and discuss developing a financial statement and the Farm Assist program. We will end the day with a program on regulations governing the use of drones in agriculture.

Last summer the Federal Aviation Administration released its current regulations over commercial drone use, and agricultural is considered a commercial use. This presentation will be led by Murilo Maeda , Assistant Research Scientist with AgriLife Research.

CEUs (1 General and 2 IPM) will be given to those with Pesticide Applicator Licenses who attend the tour. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to the Extension Office at 361.767.5223 by May 30th so that arrangements can be made for the noon meal.