Monday, August 27, 2012

Soil Fertility Seminar Series

The Texas AgriLife Extension Service is offering a series of four seminars on soil fertility and mineral nutrition.  Dr. Sam Feagley, Professor of Soil and Crop Sciences at TAMU, will be our presenter at all four sessions.  Dr. Feagley is very knowledgeable and well respected in his field, and this is a rare opportunity to hear him speak.  Dr. Feagley will be joining us, and many other counties across the state, via computer link.  I expect that this will be a very worthwhile program, not only for backyard gardeners, but also for farmers and landowners, both urban and rural.  The details are below.

WHAT:                 Soil Fertility and Mineral Nutrition Series
WHEN:                 September 4, 11, 18, and 25
WHERE:               Extension office, 1600 B Smith Rd
TIME:                   10 am to 12 PM
COST:                  $10 per session or $25 for all 4
Pesticide Applicators will receive 2 CEUs towards licensing requirements (category: general)

Keyword Search:  Soil
(Or register by phone:   979.845.2604)         
Seating is limited, so please register ASAP.
This program is being offered in more than one county, so please be sure to register for the program that is being held here in Austin, not one of the others around the state.  

9/4         Nitrogen
9/11       Phosphorus and Potassium
9/18       Magnesium and Sulfur
9/25       Micronutrients

Each week will cover the following for the element (s) of the day:
The role of the element(s) in the plant and in the soil
Leaching potential
Best method of application
Rates and timing of application
Deficiency and/or toxicity symptoms 
Commercial inorganic and organic sources of nutrients and "snake oils" will also will discussed.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Daphne Richards:, or 512.854.9600.

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