The sixth annual Red River Crops Conference: Planning for Success, offering crop production information designed for Southwest Oklahoma and the Texas Rolling Plains, is set for Jan. 23-24 in the Childress Event Center, 1100 NW 7th St. in Childress.
The goal of the conference is to provide agricultural producers with relevant management information applicable to this production area that will create and enhance the profitability of their farm and ranch enterprises, said Dr. Emi Kimura, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist, Vernon.
AgriLife Extension and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service join together to offer the event annually, alternating between the two states.
The event will begin with registration from 7:30-8:15 a.m. and conclude at 3:45 p.m. each day. The cost is $25 per person for one or both days. Lunch will be served each day and preregistration by Jan. 20 is encouraged for meal count.
The registration form can be found here. Make checks payable to the Red River Crops Conference and mail to: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Childress County, 100 Avenue E. Northwest #9, Childress, TX 79201.
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Continuing education units will be offered, including six from the Texas Department of Agriculture – one integrated pest management and two general Jan. 23, and three general Jan. 24. Certified crop advisers will be able to pick up 11 CEUs and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry will offer four CEUs.
Jan. 23 will highlight cotton, while Jan. 24 will be dedicated to in-season and summer crops. Topics and speakers will include:
- National Cotton Council, Dr. Jody Campiche, National Cotton Council director of economics and policy analysis, Memphis, Tennessee.
- Cotton Market, Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension cotton marketing economist, College Station.
- Cotton Fertility, Dr. Brian Arnall, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension precision nutrient management specialist, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
- Herbicide and Weed Control Update, Dr. Peter Dotray, AgriLife Extension weed specialist, Lubbock.
- Cotton Variety Performance Updates, Kimura and Dr. Seth Byrd, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension cotton specialist, Stillwater, Oklahoma.
- Expert Panel Question and Answer Session.
- Wheat and Canola Production Management, Heath Sanders, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension West District area agronomist, Duncan, Oklahoma.
- Weather and Climate Update and Outlook, Todd Lindley, science and operations officer in Norman, Oklahoma, and Jody James, warning and coordination meteorologist in Lubbock, both with the National Weather Service.
- Wheat Herbicide Updates, Dr. Misha Manuchehri, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension weed specialist in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Gary Strickland, Oklahoma Cooperative Jackson and Greer county agent and dryland cropping systems specialist, Altus, Oklahoma.
- Guar and Sesame Production Management and End Source Placement and Use, Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock.
- Farm Bill Update, Dr. Joe Outlaw, Regents Fellow and AgriLife Extension economist, College Station.
- Markets – Livestock and Grains, Dr. Jason Johnson, AgriLife Extension economist, Stephenville.