The fifth annual Red River Crops Conference is set for Jan. 17-18 at the Southwest Technology Center, 711 W. Tamarack Road, Altus, Oklahoma.
“Planning for Success – Crop Production Information Designed for Southwest Oklahoma and the Texas Rolling Plains,” will be hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension.
The annual conference alternates between Oklahoma and Texas and addresses special agricultural production circumstances in the Red River region in both states, according to Dr. Emi Kimura, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Vernon.
There will be a $25 per person registration fee, and preregistration is encouraged. Make checks payable to the Red River Crops Conference. For a copy of the registration form, go here or contact any county Extension office in Texas or Oklahoma.
Registration forms should be mailed to Jackson County OSU Extension, 2801 N. Main, Suite A, Altus, Oklahoma, 73521.
Six Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units for private pesticide applicators will be offered — one integrated pest management and two general Jan. 17, and three general Jan. 18. CEUs from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry are pending.
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Both days will begin with registration from 7:30-8:15 a.m. and conclude at 3:45 p.m. Cotton will be featured Jan.17 and in-season and summer crops will be featured Jan. 18.
The following are topics and speakers for Jan. 17:
- National Cotton Council Update – Dr. Jody Campiche, National Cotton Council director, economics and policy analysis, Memphis, Tennessee.
- Cotton Market – Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension economist cotton marketing, College Station.
- Cotton Weed Control and Herbicide Update – Dr. Todd Baughman, Oklahoma State University Institute for Agricultural Biosciences program support leader, Ardmore, Oklahoma.
- Bt Technology Update – Dr. David Kerns, AgriLife Extension entomologist, College Station.
- Cotton Variety Performance Update – Kimura and Dr. Randy Boman, Oklahoma State University Southwest Research and Extension Center research director and cotton Extension program leader, Altus, Oklahoma.
- Cover Crops in Cotton Production – Dr. Paul DeLaune, Texas A&M AgriLife Research environmental soil scientist, Vernon.
These topics and speakers are scheduled for Jan. 18:
- Cool-Season Forage Production – Kimura.
- Converting Crop Production Land to Perennial Grass Crops – Dr. Alex Rocateli, Oklahoma Extension forage systems specialist, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
- Canola, Grain Sorghum, Wheat and Sesame – Heath Sanders of Duncan, Gary Strictland in Altus, Dr. David Marburger of Stillwater, all specialists with Oklahoma State Extension; and Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Lubbock.
- Farm Bill – Dr. Joe Outlaw, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station.
- Markets – Livestock and Grains – Dr. Derrell Peel, Stillwater, and Trent Milacek, Enid, both Oklahoma Extension livestock economists.