Farmers and ranchers interested in the latest technology, methods and conservation practices to improve crop production on the High Plains can learn about those topics and more at the 2008 "Cover Your Acres Winter Conference" Jan. 22-23 in Oberlin, Kan.

The conference, which will begin with registration from 7:45-8:15 a.m., will be held at the Gateway Civic Center. It is sponsored by Kansas State University and the Northwest Kansas Crop Residue Alliance.

University and industry speakers will give presentations on an array of topics over the two-day conference including: New Corn Seed Traits for No-Till; Improving Your Success in No-Till; N Recommendations for Wheat; Outlook for Sorghum, Bioenergy, Food & Export; Grain Marketing & Revenue Protection; No-till Wheat 101; P Placement and Rate in No-till and Strip-Till; Benefits of Chloride on wheat and row crops; and What Precision Ag Can do For You.

Other sessions will include: Improving Your Success in No-till; Managing pH in No-till; Comparing Corn and Grain Sorghum Performance; The State of Fertilizer in 2008; Spray Application Technology; Soil Quality Change in No-till; Plant Stand Management; Cellulosic Ethanol; Avoiding Strip-till Mistakes; Improving Capture and Use of Water; Water Rights and Depleting Water; Spray Application Technology; and others.

Many of the sessions will run concurrently and will be repeated, so participants can attend as many sessions as possible, said Brian Olson, conference coordinator and northwest area agronomist with K-State Research and Extension.

A panel of farmers discussing the ins and outs of crop rotations is one of several highlights of the conference, Olson said.

Continuing education credits for certified crop consultants will be applied for for all of the university-based sessions except the farmer panels.

Early registration to attend one day is $20 and for both days, $38 to be paid by Jan. 16. After that date and at the door the registration fee to attend is $40 for one day and $80 for both days. For more information including registration, contact the Northwest Research and Extension Center at 785-462-6281.