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Red River Crops Conference offers marketing, management, production tips

Annual Red River Crops conference features two days of management, marketing and production information

Ron Smith 1

November 3, 2017

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Joe Outlaw will discuss farm bill debates at the Red River Crops Conference in January.

Updates from the National Cotton Council, a look at Bt cotton issues, variety trial reports, weed management issues, cover crops in cotton production, and market tips set the tone for the fifth annual 2018 Red River Crops Conference, January 17 and 18, 2018, held this year at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus, Okla.

That’s just Day One. The second day features observations on the farm bill debate from Texas AgriLife Extension economist Joe Outlaw. Crop production presentation will consider “in season and summer crops,” including forage production; converting crop land to perennial grass; “quick hitting topics” on grain sorghum, canola, wheat, and sesame; and livestock and grain markets.

The two-day conference provides producers from Southwest Oklahoma and the Texas Rolling Plains an opportunity to hear timely production, management, and marketing information just ahead of crop planting season.

Organizers from Texas AgriLife and Oklahoma State University Extension created the Red River Crops Conference several years ago to focus on the unique soil and climate of the agricultural production region on both sides of the Red River.

According to the conference brochure: “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.”

Related:Agricultural trade, farm policy focus of 2017 Texas Plant Protection Conference

Organizers add, “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.”

As many as 6 continuing education units may be earned during the two-day meeting. Conference fee is $25. Pre-registration is encouraged to help with meal counts.

For more information, contact the Jackson County OSU Extension office at 580-482-0823


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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