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“Good pond management is essential to having a pond that will provide recreation and fish for the pond owner,” stated Lane Dunn, Shelby County Texas A&M AgrilLIFE Extension Agent for agriculture.  To help pond owners become better managers, A&M AgriLIFE Extension will sponsor a Farm Pond Management Seminar on May 16th, 2017 with registration starting at 5:30pm.  The late afternoon program will focus on topics that include stocking rates, water quality for fish, weed identification and control with chemical and biological methods.    
Ken Hale with Boatcycle out of Henderson will be discussing Weed Identification, Control, Water Quality, Stocking rates and Biological weed control using Tilapia.”  Ken Hale has spoken to producers all over East Texas and has worked with owners of small ponds and large lakes.  This is an excellent time for individuals to bring pond water samples to test for water quality.  Weed samples may also be brought for identification and management options.
The seminar will be held at the Weldon Boles farm in Center.  Take 96 South for 3 miles toward San Augustine, turn left on CR 1006 (Old City Lake Road).  Turn at brown pipe fence on left.  Please bring lawn chairs.  No registration fee will be charged.  
Those who attend will receive 2.0 CEU’s towards the requirements for the private applicators license.  Please R.S.V.P. by May 8, 2017 by contacting the Shelby County Extension office at (936) 598-7744 for meal purposes.  Meal is sponsored by McAdams Propane and will be cooked by Billy Bob and Josh McAdams.

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