The 2nd Annual Coastal Bend Farm and Ranch Show will be held Oct. 6-7 at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown.

This Farm and Ranch Show will showcase some of the latest agricultural technology being used in South Texas. In addition to the many farm industry exhibits, there will be numerous educational sessions offering continuing education units for pesticide applicators, certified crop advisors and credits for BQA.

On Oct. 6, beginning at 8:30 a.m., there will be a class for those producers that would like to obtain their private applicators license, immediately followed by testing.

Topics related to beef cattle producers on Thursday will include rebuilding the cattle herd, with the focus on bull and heifer selection, cattle working tips and herd health and restocking considerations coming out of a drought.

At 1:30 p.m., John Metz, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, will give the latest update on the drought and the “La Nina” impact for the coming months.

Other topics to be addressed in the afternoon on Oct. 6 will include boll weevil eradication and pesticide laws updates, a crop market outlook and marketing strategies session.

Following an evening social at 5 p.m., James Richardson will give a farm policy update.

The schedule on Oct. 7 will feature sessions related to crop production including the following sessions:

• Results of local 2011 crop research

• Crop insect management

• Nutrient management following a drought

• Emerging cool season oilseed options.

Friday afternoon will feature sessions on new technology for pasture weed and brush control. The show will close at 4 p.m. on Oct. 7.

Booth space is still available for those wanting to have a commercial exhibit at the show.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.coastalbendfarmandranchshow.com, or call (361) 387-2533, Ext. 3, or (361) 767-5223.

This show is being sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Nueces Extension Program Foundation, the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Nueces Soil and Water Conservation District.

The fairgrounds is located at 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd, just east of U.S. Highway 77.

Admission and parking for the Farm and Ranch Show will be free.

Private applicator training offered

To help meet the needs of local agricultural producers needing a pesticide applicators license, training will be conducted on Oct. 6 at the Coastal Bend Farm and Ranch Show.

Training will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude by 11:30 a.m. Testing will be administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture immediately following the training. A private applicator is defined by law as a person who uses or supervises the use of a restricted-use or state-limited use pesticide for the purpose of producing an agricultural commodity.

Participants wishing to take the training are requested to make reservations prior to the training date by contacting the Nueces County Extension Office at (361) 767-5223. The fee for the training is $50 and includes study manuals.