Conference registration and the Ag Expo begin at 7:30. Presentations will begin promptly at 8:15 and will conclude at 5:30.

Extension agronomist Calvin Trostle will discuss small grains and forages during the Crops Conference, which annually attracts several hundred High Plains growers.

“I want to look at varieties (beardless vs. bearded; old Russian beardless types vs. modern beardless wheat); seeding rates (Extension has changed our recommendations, increasing the seeding rate, especially for fall forage production.); management; and seed quality,” Trostle said.

Norm Hopper, Texas Tech, will offer insights on cottonseed quality. “I’ll define seed viability and vigor,” Hopper said. “I’ll also discuss how to measure seed viability and vigor and the importance of knowing these characteristics.”

Extension cotton agronomist Randy Boman will provide an update on cotton systems variety trials he’s managed across the area.

“We have developed more information than we've had in past years on dryland locations,” Boman said. He’ll also give a brief update on new varieties for 2004, including LibertyLink and others.

The conference is free of charge but pre-registration is encouraged to allow organizers to estimate needs for a catered lunch, which will be available for a nominal fee. Participants may earn 5.5 continuing education units from The Texas Department of Agriculture and the Texas Certified Crop Advisers. TDA units are available as follows: General, 4; IPM, 2; and Laws and Regulations, .5.

Conference sponsors include: Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., Texas Tech University, the Texas Cooperative Extension Service, The Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Southwest Farm Press, USDA Agricultural Research Service, The Texas Corn Producers Board, The Texas Grain Sorghum Producers and The Texas Peanut Producers Board.

For more information regarding pre-registration, or exhibit information, call (800) 253-3160.

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