Youth Scholarship Application Deadlines approaching

Atascosa AG News

 

 

Several Youth Scholar­ship Applications are to be completed in April. This is a great opportu­nity for many graduating seniors of the 4-H and FFA Program.

Atascosa County Fair Association Scholarship application must be post­marked by April 1st.

Atascosa Cattlemen’s Association Scholar­ship must be submit­ted to the Atascosa Cattlemen’s Association on or before April 1st.

ACLS Scholarship (County Stock Show) Applications are due by April 15.

Jason Krueger Memorial Schol­arship * Applications must be received no later than April 25.

Please contact the Atas­cosa County Extension office, ag science instruc­tor or your local school counselor for more infor­mation on these scholar­ships.

Atascosa Club Calf Breeders Online Steer Sale Scheduled

The Atascosa Club Calf Breeders Association is hosting their 13th An­nual Club Calf Sale. This year the sale will be held online, opening on Friday April 1, 2016 and end­ing horse race style on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. . The sale will be hosted by Caldwell- Wil­loughby Cattle Sales and the site is www.wlivestock.com/. There is a really good set of cattle offered this year by our consignors. If you have questions about it, please give the Extension office a call at (830) 224- 0366.

Steer Tag Order Time

The 2016 Show season has just ended and it is already time to place tag orders for the State Fair and 2017 Major shows for steers. Individu­als should contact the Extension office or their local ag science instruc­tors. Tag orders should be placed by Friday, April 8, 2016 and they are $11.00 per tag. For more information please give us a call at the Atascosa County Extension Office at (830) 224-0366.

State Fair Lamb and Goat tag orders due

State Fair Lamb and Goat Tag orders should also be submitted by April 8, 2016. The fee of $11 per tag will be charged for individuals who order tags. Please contact the Extension office or your local ag sci­ence instructor to place an order.

State Fair Heifer infor­mation

Individuals that plan to show a heifer at the State Fair of Texas should con­tact the Extension office or your local ag science instructors and let them know of your intent to show at the State Fair so a UIN can be ordered for your heifer. Heifers only have to be validated once during their respective show career unless there is an ownership change during that period.

South Texas Peanut Growers Association An­nual Meeting

The South Texas Pea­nut Growers Association Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Atascosa County Extension Audi­torium located at 25 East Fifth Street in Leming. Registration will start at 2:00 pm. Topics to be cov­ered include: 2015 Peanut Research Results, Irriga­tion Efficiency, Herbicide Resistance and Pesticide Efficacy and a Disease Update A meal will be served at approximately 5:30 p.m. Three Continu­ing education units will be given toward your Tex­as Department of Agri­culture Private Applicator License. There will be a $10 fee for anyone need­ing CEU’s. Please RSVP by Friday, April 8, with the Atascosa County Exten­sion Office at (830) 224- 0366 or the Frio County Extension Office (830) 334-0099 .

Private Water Well Screening Set For April 20th and 21st In Sur­rounding Counties, Pri­vate Well Owners Invited To Participate

The Texas Well Owner Network is hosting a water well screening at 9 a.m. on Wednesday April 20 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Offices for Atas­cosa County at 25 East 5th Street Leming, TX, Zavala County at 221 N 1st Ave in Crystal City, Dimmit County at 303 S 5th Street in Carrizo Springs, La Salle County at the La Salle County Courthouse in Cotulla, Frio County at 400 Pecan Street in Pearsall. This re­gion wide effort will give area residents the oppor­tunity to have their well water tested. Screening results will be available at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Exten­sion offices indicated above. The screening is conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Water Resources Institute in partnership with the Zavala, Dimmit, La Salle, Frio, and Atascosa Coun­ty AgriLife Extension Service offices.

Private water wells should be tested an­nually,” said John W. Smith, AgriLife Extension Program Specialist. “It is very important that only sampling bags from the Dimmit, La Salle, Frio, Atascosa, or Zavala Coun­ty AgriLife Extension office be used and all instructions for proper sampling are followed to ensure accurate results.” Smith said for area resi­dents to have their well water tested, they need to pick up a sample bag and sampling instructions by going by the Exten­sion offices or calling the Atascosa County AgriLife Extension Service of­fice at (830) 224-0366, Zavala County AgriLife Extension Service of­fice at 830-374-2883, the Dimmit County AgriLife Extension Service office at 830-876-4216, the La Salle County AgriLife Extension Service at 830-483-5165, the Frio County AgriLife Exten­sion Service at 830-334-0099. Samples should be collected within 24 hours before the screening takes place to ensure accurate results.

The cost is $10 per sample and samples must be turned in by 9 a.m. on the day of the screening. Samples will be screened for common contaminants, including fecal coliform bacteria, nitrates and high salinity. The presence of fecal coliform bacteria in water indicates that waste from humans or warm-blooded animals may have contaminated the water. Water contaminated with fecal coliform bacteria is more likely to also have pathogens present that can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea or other symptoms.

“Water with nitrates at levels of 10 parts per million is considered unsafe for human consumption,” Smith said. “Nitrate levels above 10 parts per million can disrupt the ability of blood to carry oxygen throughout the body, resulting in a condition called methemoglobinemia. Infants less than 6 months of age and young livestock are most susceptible.” Salinity as measured by total dissolved solids will also be determined for each sample. Water with high levels may leave deposits and have a salty taste, and using water with high levels for irrigation may damage soil or plants. Smith said it is extremely important for those submitting samples to be at the meeting to receive results, learn corrective measures for identified problems and to improve understanding of private well management.

For more information, please contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices of Atascosa

County at (830) 224-0366, Zavala County at 830-374-2883, Dimmit County at 830-876-4216, La Salle County at 830- 483-5165, Frio County at 830-334-0099. To learn more about the programs offered through the network or to find additional publications and resources, please visit twon.tamu.edu. Support for the Texas Well Owner Network program is provided through the Clean Water Act non point source funding from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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