Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Services set for ‘Red River Crops Conference’

Gary Strickland, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H/CED

January 19, 2014

The Red River Crops Conference is right around the corner, set for Jan. 28 and 29 at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus. This will be an informative conference for Southwest Oklahoma agriculture producers. “The conference has been developed with our area agriculture production situations in mind”, Gary Strickland, Extension Educator for Jackson County, said. A planning committee of Extension professionals from the Texas rolling plains and Southwest Oklahoma worked to develop a conference that addresses the needs of the agriculture producers they work with. “In terms of a “Crops Conference” this is a new effort in this area and one that we are excited about for our producers”, Aaron Henson, Tillman County Extension Educator said.

The first day, Jan. 28, is committed to cotton topics with representatives from the National Cotton Council being present, speakers addressing topics covering current variety updates, herbicide outlook, seed treatments and plant disease management, irrigation water quality, and new developments in technology. The second day, January 29 will be devoted to in season crops and summer crops. Speakers will address commodity markets, wheat breeding and outlook, pasture management, climate update, canola production and crop year outlook, sesame and guar production topics, and a congressional update from Garrett King of Congressman Lucas’s office. This promises to be a great conference with timely topics and information.

The conference registration fee is $25 and should be turned in or mailed to the Jackson County OSU Extension Office at 2801 N. Main St., Suite A, Altus, OK., 73521. The registration information brochure may be picked up at the Jackson County OSU Extension Office located on the north side of the WOSC College Campus, the Southwest Research and Extension Center located 2 miles south of town on highway 283 or any county extension office in Southwest Oklahoma or just across the river in the Texas County Extension Offices. The brochure can also be found on the Jackson County Extension Office Web-site at Once at the site select Agriculture, then Jackson County Agriculture, and finally Red River Crops Conference. Also for those who might come in from out of town the Best Western Hotel of Altus will serve as the 2014 Conference Hotel and has rooms set aside for this conference.

Where ever you might get the registration information it is now time to start registering for the conference.