31st Annual Texas Plant Protection Conference


Artificial Intelligence’s Impact on Texas Agriculture


December 10, 2019


7:30 am – 5 pm
Conference Registration Desk Open


7:30 – 8:30 am
Table-top Displays Set-up


7:30 – 8:30 am
Posters Set Up


9:00 am – 12:00 noon
General Session #1
Moderator: Clark Neely, TPPA President


9:00 – 9:15 am
“Welcome & Conference Introduction”
Clark Neely, TPPA President


9:15 – 9:30 am
Dr. Dan Hale, Associate Director for Ag and Natural Resources, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension


9:30 – 10:00 am
“Artificial Intelligence - What is it and what’s its Potential in Agriculture”
Claudia Roessler, Director of Industry Solutions for Chemical and Agriculture, Microsoft Corporation


10:00 – 10:30 am


10:30 – 11:00 am
“Artificial Intelligence - on Farm Applications”
Mac Keely, Vice President Market Development, Blue River Technology


11:00 – 11:30 am
“Artificial Intelligence in Machinery Automation and Crop Input Decisions”
Alex Thomasson, Professor and Cotton Chair, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A & M University


11:30 – 12:00pm
“Pest and Disease Management with AI – Separating Hype from Reality.”
Jeff Divan, Ceres Imaging


12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Lunch (on your own)


1: 30 pm – 2:00 pm
General Session 2
Moderator: Mark Nemec


1:30 – 2:00 pm
“Digital Agriculture in Action -Farmer Perspective”
Fran Deville, The Climate Corporation and Todd Kimbell, Texas Farmer


2:00 – 2:30 pm
“Wrapping up and Putting it all Together”
Mel Brown, President/CEO, Mel Brown and Associates



2:30 – 3:00 pm
Poster Review - View Displays


3:00 - 5:00 pm
General Session
New Technology & Chemistry
Moderator: Adam Hixson, BASF


3:00 - 3:15 pm
“One Bayer Crop Science”
Gary Schwarzlose, Bayer CropScience


3:15 - 3:30 pm
Economics Benefits of Gossypol Free Cottonseed- Dr John Robinson, Professor and Extension Economist, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension


3:30 - 3:45 pm
“FMC Update”
Eric Castner, FMC Corporation


3:45 – 4:00 pm
“Tavium with VaporGrip Technology: A New Herbicide Premix for Cotton & Soybeans”
John Gordy, Syngenta Crop Protection


4:00 – 4:15 pm
“Product Update from Nichino America”
Milo Lewis, Nichino America


4:15 – 4:30 pm
“Corteva Update”
Mike Lovelace, Corteva Agriscience


4:30 – 4:45 pm
“Grow Smart with BASF”
Adam Hixson, BASF


4:45 – 5:00 pm
“Valent Update”
Chris Meador, Valent USA



December 11, 2019


7:30 am – 2 pm
Conference Registration Desk Open


8:00 am – 9:00 am
General Session #1
Laws & Regulations
Moderator: Dale Scott, Texas Department of Agriculture


9:00 am – 9:30 am
General Session #2
Pest ID Contest
Barron Rector, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Chairman



Cotton Session

Moderator: David Kerns, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service


9:30 am – 9:45 am
“Cotton Leafroll Dwarf Virus: Will it be a Problem in Texas?”
Tom Isakeit, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension


9:45 am – 10:00 am
“Seedling Vigor in Cotton - a Review”
Tom Brooks, Americot


10:00 am – 10:15 am
“Using Strider Insect Scouting Technology Platform in Cotton”
David Drake, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension


10:15 am -10:30 am
“Advances in Cotton Fleahopper Management”
David Kerns, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension


10:30 am- 10:45 am
“Ultra-low Gossypol Cottonseed: A Protein-rich Resource for Food and Feed Use”
Keerti Rathore, Texas A & M University



Fertility Management Session

Moderator: Jimmy Schulz, SureGrow Ag Products


9:30 am – 9:45 am
“Understanding Soil Reports: Website Review and use of Calculators”
Tony Provin, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service


9:45 am - 10:00 am
“Starter Fertilizer in Corn and Sorghum”
Ronnie Schnell,Texas A & M AgriLife Research and Extension


10::00 am – 10:15 am
“Understanding Soil Health Management”
Willie Durham, National Soil Health Specialist, NRSC


10:15 am -10:30 am
“Benefits of Soil Health Management systems and practices – Farmer Perspective"
Zach Yanta, Fourth generation farmer and rancher and Texas Farm Bureau State Director


10:30 am - 10:45 am
“Update - State of the Fertilizer Industry”
Rick Bohls, American Plant Food Corporation


10:45 am – 11:15 am
Break -Poster Review
View Displays


11:15 am – 12:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions



Grain Session

Moderator: Ronnie Schnell, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service


11:15 am – 11:30 am
“Estimating Corn Light Interception with Below-Canopy Imagery”
Reagan Noland, Texas A & M AgriLife Research and Extension


11:30 am -11:45 am
“Estimating Stand Loss and the Impact on Grain Sorghum Yield using UAS”
Ronnie Schnell, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service


11:45 am – 12:00 pm
“Soybean Management”
Cliff Mock, Cliff Mock Consulting, Alvin, TX


12:00 pm – 12:15 pm
“UAS in Sorghum & Cotton”
Juan Landivar, Resident Director, Texas A & M AgriLife Research & Extension


12:15 pm – 12:30 pm
"Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems to Monitor Crop Health and Estimate Biomass Production in Small Grains"
Brandon Gerrish, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service



Ag Technology

Moderator: Juan Enciso and Alex Thomasson, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service


11:15 am – 11:30 am
“Progress in Precision Agriculture from 1999 to 2019”
Alex Thomasson, Professor and Endowed Chairholder in Cotton Engineering, Texas A & M University


11:30 am -11:45 am
“The Role of Imaging in Cotton Management”
Jeff Divan, Ceres Imaging


11:45 am – 12:00 pm
“Data for Precision Agriculture”
Fran DeVille, Territory Agronomic Advisor, Climate Corporation


12:00 pm – 12:15 pm
“Precision Agriculture on the Farm I”
Allen Meissner, Grower, Bartlett, Texas


12:15 pm – 12:30 pm
“Precision Agriculture on the Farm II”
Aaron Martinka, Grower, Buckholts, Texas


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Awards Luncheon & Business Meeting
(Included in registration fee)
Moderator, TPPA President Clark Neely


1:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions



Horticulture / Turf Session

Moderator: Tim Hartmann, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service


1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
“Benefit of Grafting Tomatoes on Yield and Quality”
Dr Joe Masabni, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Specialist


1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
“Trends and Emerging Pest in Texas Olives”
Stephen Janak, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service


2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
“An Exotic Insect Pest, Crapemyrtle Bark Scales (Acanthococcus Lagerstroemiae) (Hemiptera: Eriococcidae) Shows Different Acceptance Among 33 Plant Taxa”
Dr. Mengmeng Gu, Texas A & M University Dept. of Horticultural Sciences


2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
“Potential For Growing Table Grapes For Texas”
Dr Justin Scheiner Texas A & M University Dept. of Horticultural Sciences


2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
“Pineapple Guava: A Proven Ornamental with Serious Fruit Potential for Texas”
Tim Hartmann, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service


2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
“Diversity in the Genus Taxodium Baid Cypress): Diseases, Insects, Soil Preferences and Landscape Performance”
David Creech, Professor Emeritus and Director of SFA gardens, Stephen F. Austin State University


3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
“Pecans: Past, Present, and Future”
Dr. George Ray McEachern, Professor and Extension Fruit Specialist (retired), Lecturer, Texas A&M University



Pasture & Rangeland Session

Moderator: Case Medlin, Bayer Crop Science


1:30 pm – 1:45 pm
“Using Drones to Support Management Decisions on Rangelands and Pastures”
Dr. Megan Clayton1, Dr. Jamie Foster2, Anjin Chang3, Michael Starek3, Xiaoqing Shen4, Nothabo Dube2 and Daniel Gonzalez3; Texas A&M Agrilife Ext.1 & Res.2 & Texas A&M Univ. - Corpus Christi3, Texas A&M Univ.4


1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
“DuraCor™ Herbicide; A new range and pasture product for the US”
Dr. Chad Cummings; Corteva Agriscience


2:00 pm – 2:15 pm
“USDA/NRCS program update for Texas landowners”
Claude Ross; USDA/NRCS


2:15 pm – 2:30 pm
“Smutgrass control options and UAV identification in perennial grass pastures”
Zachary Howard, Matthew Matocha, and Dr. Scott Nolte; Texas A&M Agrilife Extension


2:30 pm – 2:45 pm
“Greenbriar control; research update”
James Jackson; Texas A&M Agrilife Extension


2:45 pm – 3:00 pm
“Rezilon™ Herbicide for bermudagrass hay production fields”
Dr. Jason Belcher; Bayer Crop Science LP


3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
“Invasive species awareness update in Texas”
Dr. Barron Rector; Texas A&M Agrilife Extension



3:15 pm Adjourn