Monday, September 15, 2014

Central Texas Irrigation/Turf Maintenance Workshop

October 22, 2014 
Creedmoor Community Center, 12511 FM 1625, Creedmoor, 78610
$50 (through 10/17), $60 (10/18 and on-site)
4 Irrigation CEUs Approved

Register: or by phone:  979-845-2604
Contact:    Daphne Richards, CEA-Horticulture,, 512.854.9615

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis Co will hold an Irrigation/Turf Maintenance Workshop on Oct 22, 2014. This conference is in response to our ongoing critical water issues. The general public can attend but the materials presented will be for turf and irrigation professionals such as those working with municipalities, including parks departments; golf courses; and large and commercial landscape maintenance firms as well as contractors; retail nurseries and other users of urban water resources.

The goal of the workshop is to share new technologies and best practices for water conservation and drought survival. Four Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) licensed irrigator credits are available to attendees.
Presentations and speakers will be:
9 AM         Irrigation Scheduling, Brad Smith, Instructor, Irrigator Training, LLC

10 AM        Efficient Irrigation Practices, Brett Briant, Water Conservation Coordinator, LCRA

11 AM        Break

11:15 AM   Turfgrass Selection and Cultural Practices for Water Conservation, Dr. Casey Reynolds,
                   Assistant Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist

12:15 PM    Lunch

1 PM           Water Management for Sports Field Turf, Dr. Casey Reynolds, Assistant Professor        
                   and Extension Turfgrass Specialist

2 PM           Evaluation, Wrap-up and CEU certificates

Reminder: Fruit Production Workshop with Extension Specialist Monte Nesbitt

Wed, Sept 24, 9 am – 1:00 pm
Travis County Health and Human Services
502 E Highland Mall Blvd, Austin
Registration: $30 by Sept 17; ($40 Sept 18 & onsite)
Register online:

Part of Travis County AgriLife Extension’s Forward Farming series, this program will cover information appropriate for current and potential fruit producers, while also being useful and easy to understand for the backyard enthusiast.
Monte Nesbitt, AgriLife Extension state-wide fruit specialist, will be the presenter of this half-day workshop. The focus will be on fruits that can be successfully grown in Central Texas: stone fruits (peaches and plums), figs, pomegranates, and blackberries; but will also cover olives (a crop with quite a lot of interest from potential growers in the Hill Country at the moment) and citrus (with the current weather pattern of warmer winters in Central Texas, there are actually a few citrus crops that have real potential for Central Texas, if managed properly).

In addition to the wealth of knowledge that Mr. Nesbitt will share during his presentation, you’ll also have the unique opportunity to ask him questions particular to your own growing situation.

From site selection, soils, fertilization, and pruning to sustainable production practices and dealing with particular insects and diseases—we’ll cover the production basics, as well as unique specifics. This workshop is only offered semi-annually and is not to be missed!
8:30 to 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 to 1:00 PM Fruit Production Basics

There will be a half hour break in the middle of the workshop, with refreshments and the opportunity for networking.

Register online:
Register by phone: 979-845-2604
For more information, contact Daphne Richards at 512-854-9600 or

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Backyard Basics - Integrated Pest Management

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 10am – noon
Travis County AgriLife Extension Office, 1600 Smith Road
Cost: $10 ($15 after 9/23 and onsite)

Wizzie Brown, Integrated Pest Management Specialist for AgriLife Extension Service, will discuss natural pest control in the garden and landscape, as she teaches about pests and the damage they inflict at various times of the year. Learn to encourage the good guys and discourage the bad guys in your vegetable garden.

Part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Backyard Basics Series.
Register at or by phone 979-845-2604
For more information, contact Daphne Richards at 512-854-9600 or