Day 1 of Red River Crops Conference Gets underway in AltusWed, 19 Jan 2022 08:47:44 CST
Red River Crops Conference kicks off this morning at the Jackson County OSU Extension office in Altus.
A hardy group of people chose to settle the upper Red River region in Oklahoma and Texas. In spite of many obstacles, pioneers and their descendants have turned the area into a viable agricultural production region.
These obstacles can include water and land resources, and weather extremes such as hot and dry summers and bitterly cold winters. These challenges must be overcome in order to succeed as an agricultural producer. This region offers high agricultural potential when all of the conditions align.
Pastures of both introduced grass and native species have the potential to support traditional cattle operations. Crop mixes include but are not limited to cotton, wheat, and grain and forage sorghum.
More recently, producers have discovered that canola, guar, and sesame can also be successfully cultivated within this environment. The area spans across the state lines of Oklahoma and Texas. Given this, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension have joined together to help address these special agricultural production circumstances.
The goal of the Red River Crops Conference is to provide agricultural producers with relevant management information applicable to this production area that will create and enhance the profitability of farm and ranch enterprises.
Day one is the Cotton Day Agenda with several guest speakers lined up!
On the agenda
Presentations on Jan. 19 will highlight cotton. Topics and speakers will include:
– National Cotton Council Update, Jody Campiche, Ph.D., National Cotton Council director of economics and policy analysis, Memphis, Tennessee.
– Cotton Market Update, John Robinson, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension cotton marketing economist, Bryan-College Station.
– Herbicide Program Updates, Todd Baughman, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University Institute for Agricultural Biosciences weed specialist, Ardmore.
– Cotton Incorporated Overview, Ryan Kurtz, Ph.D., Cotton Incorporated director of agricultural and environmental research, Cary, North Carolina.
– Cotton Insect Update, David Kerns, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension entomologist and statewide integrated pest management coordinator, Bryan-College Station.
– Cotton Area Program Update, Seth Byrd, Ph.D., Oklahoma Cooperative Extension cotton specialist, Stillwater, and Kimura.
Day Two will be In Season and Summer Crops Agenda!
Topics and speakers will be:
– Grain and Livestock Markets, Francisco Abello, AgriLife Extension farm management specialist, Vernon.
– Current Wheat Crop Status and In-Season Management, Amanda Silva, Ph.D., Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service small grains specialist, Stillwater.
– Sorghum Pest Control Technologies and Research Update, Brent Bean, Ph.D., United Sorghum Checkoff Program director of agronomy, Amarillo.
– Current Weed Control Studies in the Southwest Area and Results with the CoAXium Wheat System, Misha Manuchehri, Ph.D., Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service weed specialist, Stillwater.
– Hay Storage and Management for Keeping Quality, Marty New, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Chickasha.
– Farm Bill Update and Outlook, Bart Fischer, Ph.D., co-director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, Bryan-College Station.
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