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Two weed-management symposiums slated in Four Corners region

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. - Managing weeds in the Four Corners region, either organically or with herbicides, will be the focus of two symposiums, one Feb. 23 and the other Feb. 24 at McGee Park, 41 Bloomfield Highway, Bloomfield.

"These workshops will provide local people up-to-date information presented by people who are familiar with the issues and challenges that we face in the Four Corners region," said Mike Larsen, agriculture agent with San Juan County's New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service.

Tuesday, Feb. 23, will be the second annual Four Corners Organic Weed Management Symposium, co-sponsored by NMSU, Colorado State University and Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Participants will learn about weed identification and organic alternatives. The program is open to landowners, market gardeners, environmental consultants, and persons interested in sustainable weed control.

Topics will include cover crops, transitioning to organic, using grasses in revegetation, and crop rotation for weed control.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, will be the 18th annual Four Corners Weed Symposium, co-sponsored by NMSU, Colorado State University, the San Juan Soil and Water Conservation District, and Four Corners Weed Control.

Topics will include principles of weed management; applicator safety; the effects of certain herbicides on grasses used in revegetation; the current status of using leaf beetles to control salt cedar in the region; current Russian Olive, salt cedar, and other weed management initiatives; and updates on Colorado laws and regulations.

The program is open to landowners, oil and gas personnel, environmental consultants, weed spraying consultants, and regulators with weed control responsibilities. Participants may earn Colorado and New Mexico pesticide applicator continuing education credits for attending.

The registration fee for each symposium is $25 at the door, or $20 before Feb. 17, and includes lunch. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; the programs run from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. For more information, call the San Juan County Extension Service office at (505) 334-9496.