Jan. 23—The 19th annual Caprock Crop Production Conference conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service begins at 7:00 a.m. Jan. 23 at the Friends Unity Center in Muncy.

“Producers, landowners and those interested in production agriculture are assured a full helping of information at this year’s conference,” said Caitlin Jackson, AgriLife Extension agent in Crosby County. “This year’s conference will be all about new technologies, practices and legislative matters currently affecting agricultural production in Crosby, Floyd and surrounding counties.”

Eight Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be available.

Participants can pre-register for $35 by contacting the AgriLife Extension offices in Floyd or Crosby counties at 806-675-2347 or 806-983-4912, respectively. Onsite registration will be $45.

Jackson said the educational sessions will include presentations on herbicide resistant weeds, nematode management, High Plains Water District updates, Risk Management Association changes, managing risk, and selection of cotton varieties and other topics significant to the area.

“Added perks at this year’s conference will include a chance to win an Apple iPad Mini donated by Vista Bank and $100 donated by People’s Bank,” Jackson said.

“In addition, we’ll have refreshments courtesy of Panhandle-Plains Land Bank and a brisket lunch sponsored in part by Plains Cotton Growers. There will also be a trade show with a number of local agricultural venders.”

Jan. 23—The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a commodities marketing workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 23 at First United Bank, 201 N. Broadway in Dimmit.

“This program will offer a unique opportunity for producers from across our region with an interest in the futures market,” said Nancy Andersen, AgriLife Extension agent in Castro County. “We are excited to welcome Richard Brock from the Brock Report to Castro County as our keynote program speaker.”

Brock is president of Brock Associates, a commodity marketing consulting firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., that provides price forecasting and strategies for sales and purchasing programs to farmers, agribusiness firms and the food industry.

Individual registration, which includes lunch, is $10 due upon arrival. For more information and to RSVP, contact the AgriLife Extension office in Castro County at 806-647-4115.

Jan. 27 and later dates—To help producers understand and manage their way through volatile markets using a variety of marketing tools such as futures and options, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Risk Management Agency will offer a one-day “Intro to Futures and Options” workshop at six locations across three months.

A record corn crop, adequate-to-surplus supplies of all crops in the U.S. and world markets, and the lowest cattle inventory in 60 years are just some of the factors that will lead to volatile markets in 2014, said Dr. Steve Amosson, AgriLife Extension economist in Amarillo.

“Crop and livestock producers need to know how to use all the marketing tools available to help ensure their profitability for the upcoming year,” Amosson said.

Specific topics covered will include: an introduction to futures and options markets, margin accounts, short hedges and how these tools relate to cash marketing tools, he said. A number of examples and hands-on exercises will enhance the learning experience.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The fee is $50 and will cover costs associated with instruction, breaks, meals and materials.

The meeting dates and locations are:

  • Jan. 27 – First State Bank, 1601 E. 16th St., Dalhart
  • Jan. 28 – O’Loughlin Center, 502 S. Brandt St., Spearman.
  • Jan. 29 – Ochiltree Expo Center, 402 Expo Dr., Perryton.
  • Feb. 11 – Roberts County Courthouse Annex, 122 Waters St., Miami.
  • March 5 – Wheeler County Ag and Family Life Center, 7939 N. U.S. Highway 83, Wheeler.
  • March 6 – AgriLife Extension office for Deaf Smith County, 903 14th St., Hereford.

To register and pay for a course, go to http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu. While this is the preferred method of registration and payment, Amosson said, payments also will be accepted at the door. Registrations, however, should be made at least three days prior to each meeting for planning purposes and may also be completed by contacting Leon Guerrero at 806-677-5626 or lguerrero@ag.tamu.edu or the appropriate AgriLife Extension county office.

Jan.29—A Field Crop Symposium will be held at the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center, 10345 Highway 44 Corpus Christi.

The planned agenda includes:

  • 2013 Outbreak of Sorghum/Sugarcane Aphid on Sorghum—Mike Brewer, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Corpus Christi
  • Topguard for CRR Control and Other Disease Management Issues for Cotton and Sorghum—Tom Isakeit, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station
  • Prevention of Herbicide Tolerant Weeds—Mark Matocha, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station.
  • Optimizing Fertility Management in Cotton and Sorghum—Mark McFarland, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, College Station
  • Pre-Plant Cotton Management Strategies—Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension,
  • College Station