Two days of crop production information, market updates and new products and technology will be featured at the third annual Red River Crops Conference Jan. 20 and 21 in Altus, Oklahoma.
The conference, co-sponsored by the Oklahoma State University Extension and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension services, alternates between Texas and Oklahoma. Sessions will be held in the Southwest Technology Center, 711 W. Tamarack, in Altus.
The conference covers grain, forage, livestock and peanuts on the first day. Cotton issues will take precedence on day two.
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The first day will include updates on cover crops, rotation options, best management practices for peanuts, transitioning from row crop to forage and livestock, cattle markets and sorghum production.
Cotton issues will include market updates, salinity problems, risk management, and an update on XtendFlex and Enlist cotton technology. The meeting will close following a farmer panel discussion on innovative cotton production systems.
The annual conference was created to address issues unique to the production area on both sides of the Red River near Southwest Oklahoma and across to the Texas Rolling Plains, a region that offers potential for successful crop and livestock production when conditions align. Livestock operations on each side of the river depend on introduced grass and native species, which have the potential to support traditional cattle operations.
Crop mixes are also similar and include cotton, wheat, and grain and forage sorghum and peanuts. Recently, producers have added canola, guar, and sesame to the enterprise mix.
Producers and crop consultants may earn continuing education units-- 11.5 Certified Crop Advisors, 6 Texas Department of Agriculture, 4 Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry.
Organizers say Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension try to address these special agricultural production circumstances by providing relevant management information applicable to this production area. The Red River Crops Conference was devised to “create and enhance the profitability of farm and ranch enterprises,” according to the conference brochure.
For more information, call 580-482-0823.