Tour de ranch

A Ranch Tour will be held on May 16, 2014 at the Dull Ranch Lodge, located 7 miles West of Fowlerton on HWY 97 at 8:30 a.m.

The Ranch Tour encompasses an area that early Spanish explorers described as “a fine rolling prairie, which extends as far as the eye could reach.” However; until recently, not unlike much of South Texas, this area has been dominated by thick brush stands. The Donnell family has been successful in recreating such a scene with methodically planned use of chemical herbicide applications and mechanical brush control practices. Followed by range seeding and proper management, wildlife habitat and grazing land production has improved substantially throughout the Dull Ranch.

If you are curious to see real world results of a ranch’s realized potential, or are looking for ideas to improve on your own hunting or ranching acreage, you don’t want to miss this tour.

Topics to be Covered

• Wildlife Habitat Evaluations and Plant Identification

• Why, Where, When and How?- Chemical and Mechanical Brush Control

• Livestock Management for Range and Wildlife Habitat Improvement

• Forage Seeding and Establishment

• Post Management -Do’s and Don’ts

Speakers: James Donnell Jr.- Landowner; Garry Stephens- NRCS Wildlife Biologist; Frank Baca- NRCS District Conservationist; Isaac Cavazos- Agrilife Extension Agent; Benny Martinez- Dow AgroSciences and Dr. Wayne Hanselka- DuPont Crop Protection

The tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. on May 16, 2014 at the Dull Ranch Lodge, located 7 miles West of Fowlerton on HWY 97. Lunch will be provided. Please contact Frank Baca at the Tilden NRCS Office at 361-274-3221 by May 9th to RSVP. Due to limited space, only the first 50 RSVP’s will be accepted.

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