SESAME FARMERS Kyle Street, left, and Delby Darr, Iowa Park, Texas, listen to updates and production tips on sesame and other grain crops during opening day of the Red River Crops Conference in Childress, Texas
FARMERS Bryan Crook and his father Don, Childress, Texas, took advantage of both days of the Red River Crops Conference to pick up tips on the new farm bill, commodity markets, and production techniques.
DANNY DAVIS, Elk City, Okla., seems happy to be in attendance at the Red River Crops Conference. Davis, a cotton farmer, says the 2014 crop was decent and hopes winter rainfall makes prospects for 2015 even better. Much of the region remains in drought status.
Farmers and ranchers
FARMERS AND RANCHERS settle in for the opening day of the 2015 Red River Crops Conference. Attendance figures show more than 100 attendees for each day of the conference.
CALVIN TROSTLE, Texas AgriLife Extension agronomist, loads a PowerPoint presentation in preparation for an update on guar and sesame, alternate crops that offer rotation options for cotton farmers.
JASON WOODRUFF, Texas AgriLife plant pathologist, left, and Gary Strickland, OSU Extension educator, Jackson County, set up for a cotton disease management presentation.
STAX or SCO
DARREN HUDSON, director, Cotton Economics Research Institute, Texas Tech University, discussed STAX and SCO options during the cotton session of the Red River Crops Conference.
GARY STRICKLAND, OSU Extension educator, offers updates on weed control in wheat.
IN RECOGNITION of his many years of service to the cotton industry, Red River Basin cotton industry representatives presented Mark Lange, President and CEO, National Cotton Council, a unique sculpture that depicts the Southwest. Pictured are: Harvey Schroeder, executive director, Oklahoma Cotton Council; Mark Lange; Karin Kuykendall, executive vice president, Rolling Plains Cotton Growers; and Mark Nichols, Altus, Okla., cotton producer.
A UNIQUE sculpture was presented to Mark Lange, President and CEO, National Cotton Council, at the Red River Crops Conference. Lange retires at the end of February.
Farm bill update
JOE OUTLAW, Texas AgriLife professor and Extension economist, always offers an interesting and insightful update on farm bill issues. He is urging farmers to get into Farm Service Agency offices as soon as possible to sing up for new farm programs.
JOHN ROBINSON, Texas AgriLife professor and Extension economist, offered little optimism for 2015 cotton markets.
KATY WHITE, Texas AgriLife Extension, welcomes Texas State Cotton specialist Gaylon Morgan to the podium for a cotton variety trial update.
Cotton weed control
SHANE OSBORNE, OSU associate Extension specialist, says a systems approach, including residual herbicides, is necessary to manage herbicide resistant weeds.
Stan and Randy
STAN BEVERS, left, professor and Extension economist, Texas AgriLife, and Randy Boman, research director and cotton Extension program leader, OSU, look over the opening day agenda for the second annual Red River Crops Conference.
WEATHER is always on the minds of farmers and ranchers in the Red River Basin and the Rolling Plains. Albert Sutherland, coordinator of the Oklahoma Mesonet ag program, says “big droughts are always lurking,” for the Southwest region. He says farmers may use Mesonet data to monitor weather activity. Steven Sparkman, Texas AgriLife Extension introduces Sutherland to the Red River Crops Conference audience.