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Red River Crops Conference: Cotton will be featured on Jan. 23 and in-season and summer crops will be featured on Jan. 24. (Photo by Todd Johnson, OSU Agricultural Communications Services)

Red River Crops Conference Jan. 23-24 in Childress, Texas

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Oklahoma and Texas agricultural producers and others interested in learning the latest information about best crop production practices for the Red River region should register now to attend the Jan. 23-24 Red River Crops Conference in Childress, Texas.

A collaborative effort by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and Texas AgriLife Extension that alternates between Oklahoma and Texas annually, the conference focuses on providing relevant management information applicable to the Red River area that can help enhance the potential profitability of farm and ranch enterprises.

“Cotton will be featured on Jan. 23 and in-season and summer crops will be featured on Jan. 24,” said Gary Strickland, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension agricultural educator for Jackson and Greer counties.

The two-day conference will take place at the Childress Event Center, located at 1100 N.W. 7th St. Each day will begin with on-site registration at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at approximately 3:45 p.m. Cost is $25 per participant and includes both days.

“We ask that participants pre-register as it greatly aids our planning for meals, refreshment breaks and conference materials, helping us to ensure everyone has the best conference experience possible,” Strickland said.

Registration forms are available online through Simply click on the 2019 Red River Crops Conference link and then the registration form link.

Continuing education units will be offered, including 11 for certified crop advisors, six for Texas Department of Agriculture certified pesticide applicators and four from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

The following are topics and speakers for the Jan. 23 Cotton Day:

  • A National Cotton Council update will be presented by Jody Campiche, National Cotton Council director for economics and policy analysis.
  • John Robinson, AgriLife Extension economist cotton marketing, will provide a cotton market update and outlook.
  • Brian Arnall, OSU Cooperative Extension precision nutrient management specialist, will lead participants through the latest research-based information on cotton fertility.
    ● Insights into cotton weed control and herbicide use will be provided by Peter Dotray, AgriLife Extension plant and soil science specialist.
  • The latest information about cotton variety performance will be provided by Emi Kimura, AgriLife Extension agronomist, and Seth Byrd, OSU Cooperative Extension cotton specialist.
  • A question-and-answer session with experts will feature Campiche, Robinson, Arnall, Dotray, Kimura and Byrd.

 Topics and speakers scheduled for the Jan. 24 In-Season and Summer Crops Day will include:

  • A session focusing on wheat and canola production management updates, led by Heath Sanders, OSU Cooperative Extension area agronomist for Oklahoma’s West District.
  • Todd Linley and Jody James of the National Weather Service providing insights about weather and climate outlooks for the Red River region.
  • Wheat herbicide updates by Misha Manuchehri, OSU Cooperative Extension weed science specialist, and Strickland.
  • Guar and sesame production management insights provided by Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist.
  • Joe Outlaw, AgriLife Extension economist, will share the latest information about the 2018 farm bill.
  • Updates and analyst projections relative to the livestock and grains markets will be provided by Jason Johnson, AgriLife Extension economist.

 “In the Red River region, obstacles can include water and land resources, not to mention weather extremes such as hot and dry summers and bitterly cold winters, the combination of which place a strong emphasis on the need to make informed decisions and stay abreast of the latest science-based practices,” Strickland said.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service is one of two state agencies administered by OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and is a key part of the university’s state and federally mandated teaching, research and Extension land-grant mission.

By Donald Stotts

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