Crop producers in southeastern and south-central Oklahoma should register now to attend the July 10 Oklahoma Crops Conference in Ardmore.
“The conference is one of four we will be putting on in July, with each focusing on all critical crops grown in a region and highlighting research-based best management practices designed to help growers get the most out of their operations,” said Josh Lofton, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension cropping systems specialist.
Free of charge and open to the public, the July 10 conference will take place at OSU’s Institute for Agricultural Biosciences, located at 3210 Sam Noble Parkway, on the east side of Ardmore. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and finish at approximately 3 p.m. A donor-sponsored lunch will be provided free of charge to participants.
“Given current prices of Oklahoma commodities, it is important growers take full advantage of every opportunity to increase productivity while at the same time minimizing inputs,” Lofton said. “Information provided will include a number of new recommendations coming about from current research undertaken by OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.”
Lofton will lead a session focused on optimizing grain sorghum production in southern Oklahoma.
Bob Hunger, DASNR researcher and OSU Cooperative Extension plant pathologist for small grains, will provide the latest insights about small grain diseases and how to manage them.
Tom Royer, OSU Cooperative Extension entomologist and coordinator DASNR’s Integrated Pest Management program, will provide an update about small grain insects and research-based best management practices to most effectively control the unwanted pests.
David Marburger, OSU Cooperative Extension small grains specialist, will lead a session focusing on wheat production in grazing systems.
Misha Manuchehri, OSU Cooperative Extension weed specialist for small grains and canola, will provide the latest information relative to effective weed management.
The latest research-based information about grazing cover crops and managing pasture systems will be provided by Alex Rocateli, OSU Cooperative Extension forage systems specialist.
Managing native pastures will be the focus of a session led by Laura Goodman, OSU Cooperative Extension rangeland specialist.
Although the conference is free and open to the public, participants are asked to RSVP by contacting Lofton by email at email@example.com or by phone at 405-744-3389, or Marburger by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 405-744-9617.
“Having a head count really aids with our planning and helps ensure we have sufficient numbers of lunches, refreshments and conference materials on hand,” Marburger said.
The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is a state agency administered by OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and one of three equal parts comprising the university’s state and federally mandated teaching, research and Extension land-grant mission.
Oklahoma ranks eighth nationally in the number of acres devoted to farming, according to USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service data.