Mark your calendars now for October 7-9, 2010 as the 1st Annual Coastal Bend Farm and Ranch Show will be held at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown. This show will be family oriented with many commercial booths displaying some of the latest technology used in production agriculture, and field demonstrations of farm equipment.

During the three day show, there will be numerous educational seminars with topics ranging from Crop Marketing Strategies, New Emission Standards Impact on Farm Equipment, Sprayer Calibration and Spray Drift Management, Cool Season Crop Options, Pasture Weed Control, Private Pesticide Applicator Training, Beef Cattle Production, Basic Horsemanship, Tree Selection for Home Landscape, and Rainwater Harvesting Options and, just to name a few. Pesticide applicators and Certified Crop Advisors will be able to obtain CEUs for participating in various programs during the show.

Booth space is available by contacting Stacie Nail at 361-387-2533, Ext 3 or visit this web site for more information;

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

Fighting those pesky mosquitoes

One of the side effects of excessive rainfall is that the standing waters provide the perfect opportunity for the development of annoyance and disease vectoring mosquitoes.

"Excessive moisture and flooding help create optimal conditions in which mosquitoes can breed," said Dr. Mark Johnsen, a medical entomologist with the AgriLife Extension agricultural and environmental safety unit in College Station.

"And having good information on mosquito behavior and control can help reduce both their nuisance factor and the threat of disease transmission."

The best way to combat mosquitoes after flooding is by applying the "four Ds" of personal protection - DEET, dusk/dawn, dress and drain, according to Johnsen.

The first D refers to using a mosquito repellent with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535, he said.

The second D means restricting activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

The third refers to dressing in loose-fitting, light-colored, long-sleeve shirts or blouses, and long pants. And the fourth D is in reference to draining standing water from bottles, cups, unused plant pots, tires and other receptacles that might provide a mosquito breeding site.

Johnsen added that materials covering the four Ds and other information on mosquitoes and mosquito control are available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded free from two AgriLife Extension Web sites.

The AgriLife Extension publication, "Potential Mosquito Problems after a Hurricane," is available for free download at the Agricultural and Environmental Safety Web site, , as are the other free publications "Mosquito Life Cycle" and "The Best Way to Control Mosquitoes."

Further information can be found in the AgriLife Extension publication, "Mosquito Problems after a Storm," available though the AgriLife Extension Bookstore at The publication number for the English-language version is ER-042, and the number for the Spanish-language version is ER-042S.

Cotton Defoliation Trial

A cotton Harvest Aid Trial was established on the Claude Otahal Farm, just southeast of Robstown at the intersection of FM 892 and FM 2826 in the southwest corner.

The Extension Service trial has eighteen different treatments that were applied on July 27.

The estimated treatment costs ranged from a low of $2.19 per acre to a high of $15.45 per acre. Defoliation results from this test will be posted on our Web site at or you may contact the Nueces County Extension Office at 361-767-5223 for more details.

Jeffrey Stapper is the Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent for Nueces County. Readers may contact him at (361) 767-5217.