2020 Texas Range Webinar Series
Jan 2nd: (General CEU) Range and Pasture Application Technology: James Jackson
Feb 6: Beyond the Bobwhite: Managing for Bird Diversity on Texas Rangelands, Dr. Maureen Frank
Northern bobwhites are a popular species in Texas, and for good reason. But there is a whole suite of grassland and shrubland bird species that can benefit from good grazing practices. In this webinar, we will learn to identify some key rangeland bird species, how to monitor birds on your land, and how to manage for their habitat.
March 5: (IPM CEU) Pasture Weed Management, Dr. Vanessa Corriher Olson
A common pasture management problem faced by most hay and/or livestock producers is weed and brush infestation. Weed species effectively compete with more desirable forage species for sunlight, moisture, and soil nutrients. Whether herbaceous or woody species, if enough weeds are present in the pasture, the carrying capacity is decreased, the nutritive value of the forage base is reduced, and input costs of the production system are increased. The result is that profitability is reduced or losses are increased. The best strategy is to be proactive and scout pastures early in the growing season(s) to determine the level of infestation and whether weed control will be required. In this webinar, we will learn the best management strategies for tackling herbaceous and woody weed species in pastures and hay meadows.
April 2: The Cactus Moth in Texas: What does this mean for our prickly pear? Dr. Barron Rector
The cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) has been found and verified to occur in Texas since June 29, 2018. The cactus moth is an introduced, invasive organism that is native to Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and southern Brazil. Although the cactus moth has been used in biological control efforts in Australia and South Africa, the appearance and introduction of the moth has brought concerns about the impact of this non-native moth on United States native Opuntia, cacti that have modified stems called a cladophyll or a prickly pear pad. Native prickly pear plants in Texas are valuable to the aesthetics of the state, livestock industry and many species of native wildlife as sources of food, cover and the reproductive cycle. The cactus moth larvae consume large amounts of prickly pear pads, and can ultimately kill the plant. Prickly pear species are also part of the landscaping industry. If a prickly pear plant is found to be infected with the cactus moth larvae, what are the tools available to landowners, homeowners and habitat restoration efforts to stop or curtail the negative impacts of this non-native moth? Management tools and knowledge about the life cycle and introduction of the Cactoblastis cactorum will be the central focus of this webinar.
May 7: (General CEU) Range and Pasture Herbicide Update, Dr. Bob Lyons
The webinar will cover understanding how read herbicide labels to compare products, information on three new herbicides, and a review of individual plant treatments. Equipment, timing and application method can drastically vary the effectiveness of brush herbicide treatments.
June 4: Plant and Animal Interactions, Dr. Bob Lyons
The Plant/Animal Interactions webinar will deal with what grazing and browsing animals want, how range animals learn what to eat, how animal anatomy affects what animals eat, and livestock/wildlife competition.
July 2: (IPM CEU) What Vine is Growing on Your Fence? Dr. Barron Rector
A vine is any plant with a growth habit of trailing or having a mechanism for climbing using twining stems, adventitious clinging roots, twining petioles, and use of tendrils and even adhesive pads. The webinar will address how woody vines grow and vines that can be found as pests growing on Texas fences. Managing unwanted vines will be addressed through an integrated pest management approach detailing what we know works or does not work
August 6: Wildfire Preparation, Effects, and Recovery, Dr. Tim Steffens
Information presented include factors affecting fire behavior, safeguarding homesteads and headquarters for fire season, preparations and responses to wildfire, wildfire safety, rangeland recovery considerations following wildfire
September 3: (General CEU) Why Herbicide Treatments Fail, Dr. Megan Clayton
Deciding to invest in an herbicide treatment to manage unwanted weeds or brush can be difficult since every situation is a bit different. As one of a few tools in our land management toolbox, herbicides are an important resource for maintaining productive working lands. Unfortunately, our spray applications are not always successful. This webinar will outline some of the most common mistakes made when applying herbicides and how to improve your control next time!
October 1: Fence Law – Tiffany Dowell Lashmet
Texas fence law is an area of much importance and inaccurate information. This webinar will offer an overview of Texas fence law and highlight how the law applies to common issues such as livestock versus auto collisions on the road way, estray livestock, neighbor fencing disputes, and more.
Nov & Dec: Last Chance Webinars – 5 CEU’s offered