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.
This year in addition to the planned program, Kimura said, the EPA-mandated training for labeled dicamba herbicides for use in dicamba-tolerant cotton will follow the completion of the Cotton Day conference on Jan. 17.
No fees will be associated with this one-hour training, to be conducted from 4:30-5:30 p.m., and it will provide one Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units on laws and regulations.
There will be a $25 per person registration fee and preregistration is encouraged for the Red River Crops Conference. For a copy of the registration form, go here or contact any county Extension office in Texas or Oklahoma.
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Registration forms should be mailed to Jackson County OSU Extension, 2801 N. Main, Suite A, Altus, Oklahoma, 73521.
Six CEUs for private pesticide applicators will be offered — one integrated pest management and two general Jan. 17, and three general Jan. 18. Other CEUs offered include 11.5 CEU’s for certified crop advisers and three for Oklahoma certified pesticide applicators in the ag plant section.
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 featuredJan. 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 Strickland 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.