Red River Crops Conference Set Jan. 27-28 in Childress, Texas

    Texas and Oklahoma officials along the Red River will address the issues of importance to regional farmers and ranchers on both sides of the state line at the annual Red River Crops Conference on Jan 27-28.

    The two-day event is designed to provide crop production information for Southwest Oklahoma and the Texas Rolling Plains, said Stan Bevers, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agricultural economist in Vernon.

    The event will begin with registration from 7:45-8:15 a.m. Jan. 27 and continue through 4:15 p.m. on each day at the Fair Park Auditorium, 1000 Commerce St. in Childress, Texas.

    Preregistration by Jan. 23 is encouraged, Bevers said. The fee is $25 for one or both days.

    To register, print the form from here. Make checks payable to the Red River Crops Conference and mail to 100 N.W. Ave. E, Courthouse Box 9, Childress, TX. 79201-2351.

    In-season and summer crops will be featured on Jan. 27. Discussion topics will include a long-term weather forecast, canola and other specialty crops, a discussion of the 2014 farm bill decisions, wheat management, stocker cattle and a market outlook.

    Cotton will be featured on Jan. 28, with topics including market outlook, variety discussions, herbicide options, seed treatments and disease management, irrigation and new technology from industry representatives.

    Bevers said AgriLife Extension and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension joined together to conduct the first and “very successful” conference last January. The conference alternates between Oklahoma and Texas.

    In the Red River region, obstacles can include limited water and land resources, and weather extremes, such as hot and dry summers and bitterly cold winters, he said. Producers also find themselves managing pastures of both introduced and native grass for cattle operations, and crop mixes such as cotton, wheat, and grain and forage sorghum. More recently, producers have considered incorporating canola, guar and sesame into their production.

    For more information, contact a local Extension office in either Texas or Oklahoma, or call Bevers at 940-552-9941, extension 225.

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