92nd Lawrence County Soils And Crops Conference Is Scheduled For Jan. 7

MT. VERNON, MO.
   The 92nd annual Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Southwest Research Center located at 14548 State Hwy H, southwest of Mt. Vernon, Mo.
   “This long-running conference will look at researched-based solutions to address common production issues on area farms. The information will provide ‘tried and true’ management tools to support local farmers who feed the rest of us,” said Tim Schnakenberg, an agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Galena.
   The planning committee, which was made up of Lawrence County farmers, has planned topics that should be of interest to both livestock and crop producers in 2016.
   Topics this year will include a discussion on trends in Missouri weather. Gene Hatch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Springfield will outline weather trends we have experienced in Missouri and how this has impacted farm activities.
   Joe Horner, state agriculture business specialist from Columbia, will address the volatility we have seen in the cattle market lately and provide some strategies to market cattle.
   Tim Schnakenberg, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension, will provide tips for forage establishment. This topic will be especially helpful for those who may be converting cropland back to pasture or hay land.
   A meal will be provided courtesy of Mid-Missouri Bank of Mt. Vernon, Ozark Electric Cooperative, Southwest Missouri Cattlemen's Association and the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce.
   There is a small charge of $5 per person to cover program costs. Attendees must pre-register before Jan. 4 by calling the Lawrence County Extension Center at (417) 466-3102 to reserve a meal. There is a $10 fee after the deadline. Space is limited so early registration insures a meal and a seat. ∆
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