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Key ag production conferences set for January

Upcoming conferences feature multi-crop discussions.

The annual Blackland Income Growth Conference (BIG) will cover the latest issues facing agriculture in the Texas Blackland region.

The sugarcane aphid, an increasingly important pest in grain sorghum, will be an important topic at this year’s event, scheduled Feb. 3-4 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco.

With the continued rise in cattle prices marketing experts will offer recommendations on rebuilding herds and sales strategies.

The conference also offers sessions on a variety of commodities – beef, grain, horticulture, cotton, forage, wildlife and more.

Another important multi-crop conference is scheduled later in the month in Childress, Texas.

The second annual Red River Crops Conference January 27 and 28 will feature discussion on climate, grain markets, fertility, alternative crops, weed management, farm bill decisions, and wheat for grazing or grain.

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The conference will be held in the Fair Park Auditorium, 1000 Commerce Street in Childress, Texas. Continuing education units will be available.

The two-day event also 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.

The conference is a cooperative venture between Oklahoma State University and Texas AgriLife Research and Extension programs

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.”

For additional information, contact the Texas AgriLife or Oklahoma State University (for the Red River Conference) Extension agent in your county or call 254-968-4144 (For BIG information).

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