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Red River Crops Conference features wide range of topics

The Red river Crops Conference is a cooperative venture between Oklahoma State University and Texas AgriLife Research and Extension programs

Ron Smith 1

November 17, 2014

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<p>Randy Boman and Gary Strickland at inaugural Red River Crops Conference last January.</p>

Climate, grain markets, fertility, alternative crops, weed management, farm bill decisions, and wheat for grazing or grain will be featured at the second annual Red River Crops Conference  January 27 and 28 in Childress, Texas.

And that’s just day one.

Day two features cotton topics with National Cotton Council President and CEO Mark Lange keynoting a daylong program that will include the new STAX insurance option, marketing updates, and production tips including weed and disease management and variety options.

Speakers from both Extension and industry will provide the latest on Xtend Flex technology, available in a limited supply for 2015.

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The conference, held for the first time last January in Altus, Okla., is a cooperative venture between Oklahoma State University and Texas AgriLife Research and Extension programs

The goal of the Red River Crops Conference, according to the latest brochure, 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.”

Focus of the conference is southwest Oklahoma and the Texas Rolling Plains, “a region that offers high agricultural potential when all of the conditions align. Pastures of both introduced grass and native species have 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 conference will be held in the Fair Park Auditorium, 1000 Commerce Street in Childress, Texas. Continuing education units will be available.


To register for the 2015 Red River Crops Conference, complete the form below.

For more conference information contact your local county Extension office. Pre-registration is encouraged



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Make checks payable to the

Red River Crops Conference

Mail to 100 Avenue E NW, Courthouse Box 9

Childress, TX 79201-3756

Phone: 940-937-2351

$25 per person conference fee



Jan. 27

In-Season and Summer Crops


7:45 - 8:15 am Registration

Welcome 8:15 - 8:30 am


8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Climate Update

Mr. Gary McManus

State Climatologist, Oklahoma Mesonet

Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Norman, OK


9:15 - 10:05 a.m. Specialty and Alternative Crops

Dr. Calvin Trostle

Professor and Extension Agronomist

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Lubbock, TX


10:20 - 11:10 a.m. Canola Production & Crop Year Outlook

Mr. Joshua Bushong

Winter Canola Extension Specialist

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Stillwater, OK


11:10 - 12:00 p.m. 2014 Farm Bill Decisions

Dr. Joe Outlaw

Professor and Extension Economist

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, College Station, TX


1:10 - 2:00 p.m. Weed Management in Wheat

Mr. Gary Strickland

Jackson and Greer County Agriculture Extension Educator

SWREC-Dryland Cropping Systems Specialist

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Altus, OK


2:00 - 2:50 p.m. Wheat Grain & Grazing Interface

Mr. Stan Bevers

Professor and Extension Economist - Management

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Vernon, Texas


3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Commodity Market Outlook

Mr. Jason Pace

Extension Agricultural Economist

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service,

Southwest Area Office, Duncan, OK

Jan. 28

Cotton Day

8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome


8:45 - 9:30 a.m. National Cotton Council Update

Dr. Mark Lange

President and CEO

National Cotton Council, Cordova, TN


9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Cotton Market Update and Outlook

Dr. John Robinson

Professor and Extension Economist - Cotton Marketing

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, College Station, TX


10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Cotton STAX Insurance

Dr. Darren Hudson

Director, Cotton Economics Research Institute

Dept. of Agricultural and Applied Economics

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX


11:00 - 12:00 p.m. Cotton Disease Management

Dr. Jason Woodward

Associate Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Lubbock, TX


1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Cotton Weed Management and Xtend Flex

Mr. Shane Osborne

Associate Extension Specialist

OSU Southwest Research and Extension Center, Altus, OK

Dr. Ty Witten

Cotton Specialty Crop Product Management Lead

Monsanto, St. Louis, MO


2:00 - 2:50 p.m. Cotton Fertilizer Management

Dr. Mark McFarland

Regents Fellow, Professor and Acting Associate Head for

Extension Programs, Dept. of Soil and Crop Sciences

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, College Station, TX


3:10 - 4:00 p.m. New Cotton Genetics Performance

Dr. Gaylon Morgan

Professor and Extension Agronomist - Cotton

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, College Station, TX

Dr. Randy Boman

Research Director and Cotton Extension Program Leader

OSU Southwest Research and Extension Center, Altus, OK



About the Author(s)

Ron Smith 1

Senior Content Director, Farm Press/Farm Progress

Ron Smith has spent more than 40 years covering Sunbelt agriculture. Ron began his career in agricultural journalism as an Experiment Station and Extension editor at Clemson University, where he earned a Masters Degree in English in 1975. He served as associate editor for Southeast Farm Press from 1978 through 1989. In 1990, Smith helped launch Southern Turf Management Magazine and served as editor. He also helped launch two other regional Turf and Landscape publications and launched and edited Florida Grove and Vegetable Management for the Farm Press Group. Within two years of launch, the turf magazines were well-respected, award-winning publications. Ron has received numerous awards for writing and photography in both agriculture and landscape journalism. He is past president of The Turf and Ornamental Communicators Association and was chosen as the first media representative to the University of Georgia College of Agriculture Advisory Board. He was named Communicator of the Year for the Metropolitan Atlanta Agricultural Communicators Association. More recently, he was awarded the Norman Borlaug Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas Plant Protection Association. Smith also worked in public relations, specializing in media relations for agricultural companies. Ron lives with his wife Pat in Johnson City, Tenn. They have two grown children, Stacey and Nick, and three grandsons, Aaron, Hunter and Walker.

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