The Tallapoosa County Extension Office will hold an improvement series on how to manage pests in pastures and hayfields Feb. 12. Participants will learn how to fight off pests like fire ants (pictured above). | Kenneth Boone

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Pasture pests

Published 11:27am Saturday, February 2, 2013

County extension to teach workshop on how to deal with pests 

The Tallapoosa County Extension Office will once again be teaching locals how to improve their pastures and hayfields.

This year’s workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Reeltown Volunteer Fire Department Feb. 12 and will focus on pest management.

“We did this series last year, and we had approximately 50 folks attend, which is a great turnout,” said Shane Harris, county extension agent. “So we wanted to do another one this year and try to educate farmers on what to do if pests ever do become a problem.”

Harris said the workshop will feature a discussion on how to manage fire ants, fall armyworms, bahia billbug and the bermudagrass stem maggot.

Dr. Kathy Flanders, an extension specialist professor at Auburn University, will be a guest speaker for the event.

“Dr. Flanders is a leading expert on fire arts,” Harris said. “We’re always excited to have her work with us. We rely on her as an expert to share the latest information and updates on products. It is always a pleasure to have her come to county and educate us on latest information.”

Harris said the county extension office welcomes feedback as it tries to reach more residents.

“We plan to do more programs for people here in Tallapoosa County,” Harris said. “We have a lot of animal science in the northern and southern parts of the county, and we want to reach residents a little better than we have in the past.”

The cost to attend the pasture and hayfield improvement series is $5. To register, contact the Tallapoosa County Extension office at 256-825-1050 or visit their website at for a registration form.

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