Agricultural producers in the Blacklands now have a means of getting practical, objective, research-based information practically anywhere and at any time, thanks to two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service professionals.
Ryan Collett, manager of the Stiles Farm Foundation, part of the Texas A&M University System, and Tyler Coufal, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Williamson County, have collaborated to develop a podcast series for Blackland agricultural producers.
The “Blackland Farmer” podcast episodes are available via iPhone and Android on all major podcast platforms, including iTunes and Spotify.
Collett, previously an AgriLife Extension agent in Hill County, has worked extensively with Blackland producers and continues to support them through the 2,600-acre Stiles Farm in Thrall, where area producers can view applied research in a typical farm setting. Coufal works with Blackland producers on issues from production agriculture to wildlife and resource conservation to land use and best management practices.
Coufal said the podcasts are typically recorded at the Stiles Farm and feature AgriLife Extension experts speaking on real-time topics and issues.
Additional podcast topics include managing aflatoxin, soil pH and compaction, armyworms, worker protection standards, and cotton struggles/grain market outlook.
Coufal said the eight podcasts produced have received almost 400 downloads since the first pilot episode was offered Nov. 9 of last year.
Through the application of science-based knowledge, AgriLife Extension creates high-quality, relevant continuing education that encourages lasting and effective change.