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Multicounty Water Well Screening Day

Have you tested your private well?

Private water wells should be tested annually. A water screening program is being held by The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Atascosa, Dimmit, Frio, McMullen, LaSalle and Zavala counties. The offices are hosting a water well screening on Oct. 14, to give area residents the opportunity to have their private well water screened. The cost is $15.00 per sample. Samples will be collected on Wednesday, Oct. 14, between 8-9 a.m. Well owners may pick up a sample bag and instructions from their County Extension Office. • Atascosa County AgriLife

Extension Office, 25 E. 5th

Street, Leming, TX 78050 • Dimmit County AgriLife

Extension Office, 539

Industrial Blvd., Carrizo

Springs, TX 78834 • Frio County AgriLife

Extension Office, 400 S.

Pecan Street, Pearsall, TX

78061 • McMullen County AgriLife Extension Office, 604

River Street, Tilden, TX

78072 • Zavala County AgriLife

Extension Office, 221 N.

1st Ave, Crystal City, TX

78839 • LaSalle County AgriLife

Extension Office, 119 S.

Front Street, Cotulla TX


Results will be available on October 16 at your Local County Extension Office. The screening is presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Samples screened for:

Fecal coliform bacteria: Presence indicates that feces (bodily waste from humans or animals) may have contaminated the water. Water contaminated with this bacteria is more likely to have pathogens present that can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea or other symptoms.

Nitrates: Levels above 10 ppm may cause infants, pregnant or lactating women, the elderly and the immune-suppressed to be at risk for methemoglobinemia, a condition which inhibits the ability of blood to sufficiently carry oxygen to tissues and cells.

Salinity: Measured by Total Dissolved Solids (TDS). Water with high TDS levels may leave deposits and have a salty taste. Using water with high TDS for irrigation may damage the soil or plants.

Hydrocarbons: Presence indicates that oil contamination has occurred.

Increasing Profitability in your Cow Herd

Increasing Profitability in your cow herd will be the focus of the reproduction management workshop scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the Tom brothers Ranch starting at 9 a.m. and going till approximately 3 p.m. Some of the focused topics will be the in and outs of pregnancy testing, understanding the cows reproductive tract, simple estrus synchronization, reproductive diseases, body condition scoring and more. Please RSVP at the local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office of Atascosa County by calling 830-569-0034 by Oct. 9. Bringing three to five docile cows that are more than 90 days bred and an open cow is a requirement to participate. There will be a participation fee of $30.00 to cover lunch and supplies for the workshop.

Forage Variety Results

2019/2020 small grains forage variety results may interest some with the recent rains and opportunity to plant.

A special thank you to Bill and Brett Slomchinski of Slomchinski Farms for allowing us to hold this trial on their property. 13 different small grains were planted behind cotton on Oct. 23, 2019 on an irrigated field. Triticale, barley and wheat were planted at 70 lbs. to an acre, ryegrass 20 lbs. to an acre and oats 64 lbs. to an acre. Fertilizer was applied at a rate of 90 lbs. of nitrogen/acre on Dec. 18, 2019 and 200 lbs. 40-0- 0-6 applied per acre in Jan. Data was collected in Feb. 2020 for forage pounds dry matter weight per acre:

Sungrazer rye produced approximately 2,205.23 lbs.

Tam 90 rye produced approximately 1,932.98 lbs.

Prime rye produced approximately 1,442.9 lbs.

Nelson Rye produced approximately 2,596.38 lbs.

813 Triticale produced approximately 2,014.65 lbs.

P919 Barley produced approximately 1,715.18 lbs.

Bob Oats produced approximately 2,123.55 lbs.

FL 720 Oats produced approximately 2,014.65 lbs.

Tam 606 oats produced approximately 2,123.55 lbs.

Nora Oats produced approximately 2,504.70 lbs.

Tam 411 oats produced approximately, 2,123.55 lbs.

Coronado Oats produced approximately 1,715.18 lbs.

204 Wheat produced approximately 1,633.50 lbs.

These results are from one silage cutting taken in February and then livestock was placed onto the field.

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