The 93rd annual Lawrence County Soils and Crops Conference will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Southwest Research Center located at 14548 State Hwy H, southwest of Mt. Vernon, Mo.
"This long-running conference will look at researched and on-farm learned 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, agronomy specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
Speakers and topics this year will include a 2017 beef market outlook by Dr. Scott Brown, state ag business specialist. A farmer panel is planned with three Lawrence County farmers who have had success with using round bale silage. These farmers will provide tips for how to harvest forage in this manner.
Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with MU Extension, will also address the "ABC's of BSEs." Cole has many years of experience offering bull breeding soundness clinics and he will focus on lessons learned from the many Breeding Soundness Exams (BSEs) conducted.
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 to attend to cover program costs and attendees must preregister by Jan. 3 with the Lawrence County Extension Center. Call 417-466-3102 to reserve a meal. There is a $10 fee after the deadline. Space is limited but early registration insures a meal and a seat.
Source: Tim Schnakenberg, (417) 357-6812