Texas High Plains farmers will have an opportunity to learn the latest on cotton insect, weed and crop management; grain sorghum production strategies; cotton variety research; peanut program details; farm bill implementation; and water management at the Southwest Crops Production Conference and Expo.

The conference and expo are scheduled Feb. 25 at the Lubbock Civic Center. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. The program will conclude at 5 p.m.

Organizers — which include the Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., the Texas Cooperative Extension Service; the Texas A&M Agricultural Research Station; the USDA-ARS station at Lubbock; Texas Tech; and Southwest Farm Press — say the program offers something for just about any farming operation in the High Plains.

“The Southwest Crops Production Conference gives producers the opportunity to get information on new technology, and to visit with Industry representatives as well as other producers,” says Mark Brown, Lubbock County Extension agent. Growers also can pick up CEUs for pesticide application.”

“The 2003 conference will include updates on new varieties, the market outlook, insect and weed management, and water conservation. This information is important to producers as they continue to deal with tight profit margins and rapid changes in technology.

“For the 2003 growing season, producers will have to continue to think outside of the box in order to take advantage of the new opportunities for conservation and crop rotation through the 2002 farm bill.”

Extension entomologist Jim Leser will discuss: New control approaches to old cotton pests .“I plan on covering the newer cotton insect control strategies — Cruiser seed treatment for trips; Intruder, Trimax and Centric for aphids; and Intrepid, Bollgard and Bollgard II for caterpillar pests,” he said.

Extension agronomist for cotton Randy Boman will provide a 2003 High Plains cotton production update.

Other topics include:

Carl Anderson, Extension marketing specialist, cotton price outlook.

John Gannaway, Texas A&M cotton breeder, variety research update.

Farm program signup deadlines, Farm Service Agency.

Peanut program update, Kenneth Stokes, Texas Extension economist.

The latest on rules and Regulations, Texas Department of Agriculture.

Organizers encourage early registration to provide a better estimate for lunch. Registration is free, but lunch will be available for a nominal fee. Early registrants will qualify for door prizes.

For more information call 662-624-8503.

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