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NMSU Extension workshop examines weed, brush management in Southwest

ALAMOGORDO – Controlling weeds and brush can make a big difference when it comes to successful farm and ranch management across the Southwest. Experts will gather Nov. 24 for the Southwest Weed & Brush Management Workshop to discuss the latest in herbicides, brush control, noxious weed identification and other topics.

“This workshop will fit both large and small land owners alike,” said Tom Dominguez, program director and agricultural agent at NMSU’s Otero County Cooperative Extension Service. “It is important that property owners be good stewards of their land. Noxious weeds and brush compete with native vegetation by robbing water resources and crowding out those native populations beneficial to livestock and wildlife.”

The Southwest Weed & Brush Management Workshop is set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the Otero County Fairgrounds in Alamogordo. Cost will be $30 per person.

Registration will be from 9-9:30 a.m., followed at 9:30 by the first presentation, “The Right Herbicide for Your Situation,” presented by Kevin Harris of Gowen Company.

At 10:30 a.m., Greg Alpers of Dow Agro Sciences will present “Brush Control in New Mexico.”

“Noxious Weed I.D.” will be presented at 11:30 a.m. by Jim Wanstall of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Lunch will follow from 12:30-1 p.m.

A representative from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture will speak about “Pesticide Records and Recordkeeping” at 1 p.m.

Dominguez will lead the final presentation, “Measuring and Mixing Pesticides and Applications” at 1:30 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to earn five CEU credits during the workshop.

To register, contact Dominguez at the Otero County Extension Office at 575-437-0231 or at tdomingu@nmsu.edu no later than Nov. 19.